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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For The Love Of Chocolate

I love chocolate, not going to deny it.  I always have.  My mom used to tease me that if I got a cut, I would bleed chocolate.  To me there is nothing better than something chocolate with a glass of milk.  Mmmmmm!  I enjoy all kinds of chocolate—Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Cello’s chocolate covered cherries, and mint/chocolate combinations are probably my favorites.  And most anything in the chocolate/caramel combination-yum!

One of the best Christmas gifts (and most memorable) that I ever received was a chocolate themed one.  My mom had taken a wicker waste basket (which I still have and use!) and filled it with all kinds of different chocolate bars—Caramello, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, giant Hershey Bars, you name it—and in the very bottom of the basket under all of that chocolate was one of my favorite movies—“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.  To give you some idea of how many years ago that was, the movie was on VHS ;)  I still have it. 
Over the years I’ve had the chance to sample many different kinds of chocolate from different countries as well.  I remember a store I used to frequent had these strange Israeli chocolates, they were filled with a fruit type cream/paste.  They were different, but good, and I made a regular habit of every time I went there of grabbing one or two.  The chocolate was an odd texture, more waxy than what we have here.  I have wondered since if perhaps they put more paraffin in it since it is so much hotter in the middle east?  I haven’t seen one of those since that store went out of business, and I don’t have a clue what the brand name was, so I can’t even go looking for them. 
My absolute favorite chocolate comes from England and Ireland.  England is home to the original Cadbury chocolate, and let me just say that what we have here in the states isn’t even close to tasting like English Cadbury.  The closest I’ve found here is when I’ve travelled to Canada, either they are importing it or at least using the same recipes.  Personal favorites are Wispa bars and Curly Wurly’s—the Wispa bar is basically all chocolate with air whipped in to it, Curly Wurly’s are reminiscent of a candy bar that they used to sell here in the US called a Marathon Bar.  I used to love those and often wondered why they quit making them.  Imagine how tickled I was one night while watching British sitcoms on PBS and noticing in the opening sequence of “Thin Blue Line” one of the characters eating one.  I did some research to figure out what the name was for them, and I was in business on our next trip across the pond!

Ireland carries most of the same chocolate that England/Wales does, but they also have a home grown Irish chocolate company that is divine.  Butler’s chocolates are really top notch, and while they tend to be pricey, well worth every penny.  I always make sure I have some money left and room in my carry on to grab some at the airport to take advantage of the duty free price!   For some reason they are rather difficult to find here in the US, the few that I have managed to get were in Irish specialty shops and at hugely inflated prices.
Several days ago my friend Gwen posted on her blog about her hubby bringing her some wonderful chocolate almond toffee on his recent trip to Colorado.  I teasingly posted that it was a shame that he didn’t have cause to go to Ireland because he could bring her some Butler’s chocolate.  After I posted it I was wishing I hadn’t, I found myself really wanting one of these candy bars, and no trips to Ireland planned anytime soon.  Waaaaaaa!   On Sunday I was bored and decided to make a run to TJMaxx, I hadn’t been there for quite sometime.  They have the coolest food section of any store, you never know what you might find, and as I was looking I noticed a familiar wrapper peering out from under a stack:

SQUEEL!”  Unfortunately they only had three of them, but they all came home with me.  I just ate the last one today, I did a very good job of making them last.  They did have some of another flavor, but they were all ones with hazelnuts in them so I had to leave them behind—they are probably good, but not worth a trip to the hospital over.  Hopefully that will hold me over for a while……..I think I need to go check out the new Irish shop Heather told me about last week that is about 30 minutes from here…………or buy a plane ticket to Ireland! (yeah right)

Photos of Wispa and Curly Wurly courtesty of www.englishteastore.com

1 comment:

Beth Dunn said...

My mother has to have chocolate every day! It's good for you