Dinosaurs probably didn’t eat chocolate

February 26th, 2014 by Rosa

PLoS’s paleontology blog recently ran a fun piece about whether dinosaurs ate chocolate. I suppose I should have spoiler-alerted the headline – they probably didn’t because we have no fossil record for cacao plants that overlap with the time of the dinosaurs. Giant sloths, however, probably did!

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Nestle Lion Bar – as a cereal!

February 25th, 2014 by Rosa

Nestle’s Lion Bar is/was one of my favorite British candy bars. It’s like a 100 Grand + Twix = synergistic deliciousness.

Apparently, it’s a cereal in the UK! Serious Eats has the write-up.

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Albanese Gummi Fruit Slices

February 24th, 2014 by Rosa

Emma recently visited the Albanese gummi factory and brought back oodles of gummi treats, including this peg bag of Albanese Gummi Fruit Slices. I hope that Albanese is moving towards selling their gummis in peg bags with a wider distribution – I haven’t seen them in NC yet!

The wedge-shaped gummis were lightly striated with Albanese’s characteristic firmly sproingy chew and intense flavors. They were mostly citrus flavors, with a couple of exceptions, that were a subset of Albanese’s 12 flavors.

Pink, my usual favorite grapefruit flavor, was sweet and lightly tart with some grapefruit pithiness. Green was lime, which was lightly zesty and sweetly candied.

Yellow was lemon, with a sweet citrus zesty lemon undertone to the finish. Orange was orange, with a great citrus juiciness.

Now the non-citrus, naturally wedge-shaped fruits: Red was cherry, I think, and tasted like red fruit candy (which all tastes the same to me). White was pineapple and brought an intensely bright and sweet corey flavor.

I wish these were widely available in stores in my area – or maybe not, because I’d buy them all the time for their flavor intensity. An OM.

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Kallari Sacha Roberto’s Recipe

February 21st, 2014 by Rosa

I buy so much chocolate that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of where I get everything. I’m 80% sure I bought this Kallari Sacha chocolate bar in Roberto’s Recipe at Cocoa Cinnamon, an awesome coffee shop that serves excellent drinking chocolate in Durham.

The 75% cacao bar was described as “extra rich dark chocolate with vanilla.” It was scored into 15 rectangles that broke with a sharp snap, but when I chewed it, it crumbled and thinly melted.

It started off sweet, then became earthy with mild coffee notes. Its flavor profile was a little muddy in a wholesome, natural way. Its slight sweetness developed into a mellow vanilla roundness to the finish.

I thought this was a nice dark chocolate bar, but its flavor profile wasn’t my thing. An O.

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Spicy hot chocolate recipe

February 20th, 2014 by Rosa

I spent a good chunk of last week snowed in with cabin fever. It was a perfect time for hot chocolate! Here’s a recipe to spice up your hot chocolate for those last few winter days.

It’s reminiscent of Hedonist’s cinnamon chipotle drinking chocolate.

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Symbolism of chocolate

February 19th, 2014 by Rosa

Did you catch the Candy Professor‘s smart op-ed in the NY Times on Valentine’s Day? No? Go read it now!

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Chocolate prices set to rise

February 18th, 2014 by Rosa

According to the Wall Street Journal, cocoa prices have been rising due to increasing demand for chocolate. Apparently the International Cocoa Organization thinks that demand will be greater than supply for the next five years, which will cause chocolate prices to continue going up. Good thing I’ve got a sizeable chocolate stash!

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Bissinger’s Salt Caramels – Merlot and Chardonnay

February 17th, 2014 by Rosa

I bought these Bissinger’s boozy salted caramels at a post-holiday sale at Southern Season. Merlot Salt Caramel was described as “red wine paired with a vintage merlot sea salt”, while Chardonnay Salt Caramel was, “Bissinger’s 300 year old caramel recipe, topped with barrel smoked chardonnay fleur de sel.”

The chocolate caramels came in sets of five in a stiff plastic sleeve. Merlot had a dark chocolate shell, while chardonnay’s was milk chocolate. Both were generously topped with salt sprinkles.

The caramels were stiffly chewy and sticky. Merlot’s caramel had an amazingly bright fruitiness, while the dark chocolate had the taste of cherries to its finish.

Chardonnay’s milk chocolate was sweeter with dusky caramel notes to it. Its caramel was butterscotch-y, without the great fruitiness of the merlot.

I liked Merlot (OMG) much more than the Chardonnay (OM) because of its fruity complexity. I didn’t really get any actual wine flavors, but these were still solid chocolate-covered salted caramels.

I should note, however, that these were not cheap. At full price, they were $12.25 for the 5. I got them at half price ($6.12), which made them more worth it.

 

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Kooky

January 31st, 2014 by Rosa

This Kooky candy bar was an impulse buy at the checkout line of my parents’ neighborhood grocery store, HEB. It’s a knockoff Twix that was shelved with a knockoff Snickers, 3Musketeers, and Milky Way, but I chose to buy the Kooky because it was on sale (3 for $1 instead of 2 for $1).

The Kooky called itself “biscuit and caramel covered with milk chocolate” with the tagline “That’s the way the Kooky crumbles” (groan). Like a Twix, there were two fingers per package.

The caramel with stiff and a little chewy. It tasted sweet with scorchy butter notes. I found it quite enjoyable, especially for a mass-market bar.

I also liked the biscuit layer. The cookie was dry and crumbling with some nice toasted notes that gave it some complexity.

Finally, the sweet milk chocolate coating was fairly standard. I had just the slightest tinge of a sour burn in my throat after I polished off one of the fingers, but I didn’t feel like it was too sweet since it was balanced out by the cookie.

I didn’t have a Twix to do a side-by-side comparison on this treat, but I think I actually would prefer the Kooky – I really enjoyed the darker flavor tinges that the toasted cookie and caramel brought. An OM.

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M&Ms Superbowl Ad Teaser

January 30th, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, looks like Yellow is going to get a starring role in a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday. I believe he is trying to twerk, though it is hard to tell as he does not actually have a butt.

The voice seems off to me. Compare to the classic M&Ms Santa commercial below:

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