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I know, I know, I have not posted a lot lately. That does not mean I have not been taking pictures and intending to post, and it most definitely does not mean I have not been eating chocolate. My dropbox is full of pictures waiting to be posted to here, and rather than try to go back and cover everything, I am posting a collage of the pictures, and I will go back and cover the standouts eventually, but this way I can start fresh for the new year. For now, enjoy some of the chocolate I have been over the last few months.
I went mini-golfing with the 501st Legion, and we ate there afterwards. While I was still finishing my dinner, we were talking about the ice cream. My friend, who had a chocolate/vanilla swirl with no sauce began to say that it was more chocolate than one person could handle, but she stopped mid-sentence when she remembered she was talking to me.
I ordered mine ALL chocolate (no vanilla) with chocolate sauce. Not only did I finish it, but I had a chocolate cupcake directly after.
Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton is one of those high end, fancy movie theaters were it is also a full service restaurant. They have little buttons that you press when you need something. But, this is not to discuss them, but rather their selection of Chocolate desserts. I have been there twice, and sampled three of their chocolate items. You can see their full selection here. The items in question today are:
CHOCOLATE CAKE – Four-layer chocolate cake.
BROWNIE SUNDAE – Chocolate-cherry brownies, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel and chocolate sauces, cinnamon chips.
MILKSHAKE – Hand-dipped vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or peanut butter blended shakes. Add Oreo pieces for extra charge.
The first time I went, I ordered the Brownie Sundae and my friend let me try some of his Chocolate Cake. I found the Chocolate Cake very dry, and not rich at all. I actually was undecided on which of the two I was going to order until I tried some of his and was turned off, so I ordered the other item. The Brownie Sundae however, was disappointing as well. They added a cherry flavor to the brownie that I felt was too much and very forced, as if they were determined to do something different and did not care whether it was good or not. They also ONLY gave me vanilla ice cream, which was disappointing for a Chocoholic.
Most of their other items, I am not too enticed by, because I do not like the three Ben & Jerry’s favors they offer and mix with other items (Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Nougat Crunch). I went again last night to see Man of Steel though, and wanted to try something else. So, I ordered a Chocolate Milkshake (no oreos). This Milkshake, blew me away! It was so delicious, and I could taste that they used chocolate ice cream rather than flavoring vanilla ice cream. I drank that thing so fast and wished I had more. This milkshake alone redeemed their dessert menu. Next time I think I may try their frozen hot chocolate.
Now, while I am not saying that this ice cream is the healthiest treat you can have, I do believe in treating yourself. However, of the ice creams out there you can eat, Ben & Jerry’s is some of the better options. Such a wide range of flavors, the do not use milk from cows treated with rBGH, and their list of ingredients is a lot shorter and a lot easier to read than most brands.
Even before I became concerned with health and ingredient labels however, Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food has been one of my favorite flavors of ice cream (THE favorite for a while). If you cannot read the picture, Phish Food is “Chocolate Ice Cream with Marshmallow, Caramel & Chocolate Shaped Fish.” I love digging the little chocolate fish out of the marshmallow and caramel, and I often find myself saying “Just one more fish” about five times before putting down a carton. I allow myself a serving of ice cream everyday, no matter what, and Phish Food is one of the two flavors I rotate between.