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August 3rd, 2009 by Rosa

My first run-in with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds was when my mother brought home several little logo-ed packs that she’d gotten at some booth at a job fair. The two of us polished them off lickety-split and then didn’t know where to find more. This was several years ago, when chocolate-covered sunflower seeds were a rarity. […]

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Chow Gift Guides – the candy picks

July 13th, 2009 by Rosa

Back around Fathers’ Day, Chow recommended Vosges ice cream and LaLaBoodle’s Dark Chocolate Toffee as good gifts for dad. More candy goodies appear on their Summer Gift Guide: Southern Candymakers (reviewed by me here) pralines, Valerie Confections’ uber-expensive chocolate skull truffles, and Guittard’s bittersweet chocolate sprinkles to go with a new ice cream maker.

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Taza Stone Ground Organic Chocolate, 80%

April 17th, 2009 by Rosa

Taza Chocolate made it onto my radar via my friends Justin and Nana, who highly recommended it. Unfortunately, because they’re a small artisan company, the chocolate isn’t that widely sold in stores, and shipping chocolate gets expensive, so I resigned myself to waiting until the next time I went home (probably after graduation) to try […]

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More on chocolate and the poor economy

March 10th, 2009 by Rosa

Rob Walker of the NY Times Magazine’s Consumed column muses about premium chocolate in our current economy. Unlike the WSJ piece that I previously posted about, Walker concludes that luxury chocolate isn’t just getting by; it’s actually doing well. Contrast that with a NY Times pre-Valentine’s Day piece about using the recession as an excuse […]

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Frey Hot Chilli Pepper

February 27th, 2009 by Rosa

Hot on the heels of Wednesday’s chili chocolate post (har har) is today’s review of more chili chocolate: Frey’s Hot Chilli Pepper bar. When I reviewed Frey’s Tiramisu bar, I mentioned that I’d also picked up their chili chocolate. Deb was kind enough to warn me that it packs a lot of heat, and boy […]

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See’s Assorted Chocolates Week – Day 3

February 13th, 2009 by Rosa

Today marks the conclusion of Rosa eats her way through an entire box of See’s on her own because it’s delicious and free. I began my journey on Monday, continued on Wednesday, and today, the finish line is in sight. I’m not sure what makes the California brittle Californian. It’s a hard toffee with almonds […]

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Category: caramel, chocolate, coconut, marshmallow, nuts, O, OM, OMG, review, See's, toffee, ZOMG! | 3 Comments »

NYC is full of wonderful candy

December 5th, 2008 by Rosa

To my NYC readers, I’ll be in the city this Sunday afternoon and evening. One of my friends wants to visit the Met. I want to hit up Economy Candy and possibly visit Bergdorf Goodman for the Vosges tasting (and to check out the 5th Ave window displays; those of you who live in the […]

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Chow’s 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

December 4th, 2008 by Rosa

Chow’s 2008 Holiday Gift Guide is up. Vosges made the list once again with a $111 exotic truffles and champagne set. And if that’s out of your price range, never fear. In their budget gift guide, Chow also recommends a $15 ballotin box from Payard that looks scrumptious. I bought myself the key bottle opener […]

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Chow’s Summer Gift Guide

June 17th, 2008 by Rosa

Chow’s Summer Gift Guide 2008 has been posted. While there are no actual candy items, Vosges (which I’ve reviewed quite a bit) has a product that made it on the list: their Red Velvet Mini Party Cake. It looks delicious and gorgeous, but really, $60 for a cake that only serves four? Not even including […]

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Calhoun College Chocolate Tasting Notes, Round II

May 1st, 2008 by Rosa

After the success of my first chocolate tasting (notes here), I held a second one with the extra bars. Unfortunately, by the time the second tasting rolled around, most of the bars had bloomed thanks to New Haven humidity and temperature fluctuations and a lack of air conditioning. The Vosges chocolate bars were the only […]

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