I have set this to begin right at the point that White Chocolate is discussed, but I highly recommend watching the whole video. Heck, I highly recommend subscribing to Mental Floss while your at it, it is a wonderfully entertaining and educational youtube channel.
Last week I took my yearly trek down to DragonCon for the twelfth time. In the Dealer Hall of DragonCon, there was a cookie vendor from Atlanta, Sweet Atlanta Sisters, who brought sugar cookies with pictures of various geeky things (Joker, Batman, Baby Dancing Groot, Harley Quinn (after my nudging last year…as Harley), Gryffindor, ecc.) as well as various other treats (such as Lembas). I bought cookies from them last year, and this year, but this year I also bought some White Chocolate Covered Double Stuffed Oreos shaped like skulls. As I was looking at them, the woman at the booth said I would not be able to eat both at the same time….I took this as a challenge. I was tempted to eat this several times over the weekend, but usually I was in Harley and did not want to do it with the make-up (specifically the black lipstick), so my friend helped me film this while we were sitting at the airport waiting for our respective flights to steal us away from Atlanta.
Please excuse my frazzled look, I was traveling, and Atlanta was very humid that day.
Generally, I am not a big fan of fruits and nuts in my chocolate. The flavors often overwhelm the flavor of the chocolate itself, which defeats the purpose of eating chocolate (at least it does in my opinion). The fruits and nuts on these wafers from MoRoCo Chocolat however, did a very good job of complimenting the chocolate.
The disks had four varieties, milk, dark, white, and then a fourth that I could not quite place. I was expecting a butterscotch or caramel flavor, but they were definitely chocolate. Looking at their website, it was probably their blonde chocolate, just based on color. I much preferred the dark chocolate above the others, but they were all delicious. I have spent some time looking at their website now, and they have some other very intriguing items that I would definitely be willing to try in the future. The top items on my list right now are:
Truffles (Any, but especially their Classics or Nuts and Caramels collections), Cocoa Caviar (just for the novelty of it, really), Swiss Schoko Tea, S’more To Go, Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows, and of course their Macarons (I wish they listed their flavors online).
Packaging: 3/5 – Simple packaging, I wish they listed nutritional info and ingredients.
Chocolate Presentation: 5/5 – Very elegant looking.
Taste: 5/5 – Delicious, one of the few fruit/nut chocolates I have loved.
Extra Points: 0
Being a Godiva Rewards Member, I receive the e-mails and the catalogs. When I received the Halloween edition catalog, I was instantly drawn to their Halloween inspired flavored and shapes. Halloween is, after all, my favorite holiday. Earlier in the month, I found myself downtown, and as there was a Godiva boutique inside my L stop, I decided to indulge. In addition to the usual truffles I picked up, I also purchased a Dark Chocolate Ganache Skull and a Marshmallow Mousse Ghost. They also had Pumpkin Cheesecake filled Pumpkins, but as I have never been a fan of pumpkin flavor, I did not think I could give these an unbiased review.
First, I bit into the Dark Chocolate Ganache Skull. These were absolutely delicious, and I wished I had purchased more (probably a good thing I did not).
Second, I tried the Marshmallow Mousse Ghost. I did not remember to take a photo of the inside of these (I was riding the L at the time), but they were white all the way through. These were actually a bit disappointing. I felt the white chocolate exterier with the marshmallow mousse interier was too much of a milky overload. Granted, I am partial to darker chocolates, so perhaps I am biased. Still, I feel that a little dark chocolate on the inside, or perhaps even some other, non-chocolate flavoring, to balance the taste a little. True, that would have disrupted the all white ghost, but if they could have a contrasting color inside the skull, why not the ghost? They were good, yes, but I feel they could have been better. Between the two, I prefered the Skulls.
I first stumbled upon Vosges when I was living in Florida. I took a trip back home to Chicago, and I was at the airport, waiting for my delayed flight, when I walked past their shop at O’Hare airport. The entire shop motif is an elegant, white, Victorian look, which forms a stark contrast to emphasize their purple packaging (purple is my favorite color). I ended up purchasing a variety of chocolates for gifts as well as for myself. Since then, I have made a point to wandering into downtown Vosges shops whenever I happen past.
Price wise, Vosges is not your most affordable chocolate, but they are pretty well on par with most high end chocolate shops. A box of two truffles will run you $5.25, four truffles $10.50, nine truffles $26, and so on. Their various flavors of chocolate bars are $7.50 each, or you can purchase smaller bars in various sets for between $8.50 to $33.00.
As for taste, Vosges specializes in savory chocolate flavors. One of their most popular flavors is probably their various bacon chocolates, but they also use ingredients such as African roobios tea, blood orange caramel, sweet Indian curry powder, ginger, wasabi, stout bear, carrots, pink peppercorns, and the list can go on forever. There are also some more traditional ingredients such as toffee, marshmallows, and various flavors of toffee.
An extra bonus to visiting Vosges Boutiques, is that they put out sample dishes of some of their flavors, so if there are some that you are curious about, but you do not want to spend the money on something you might end up hating, you may have the chance to sample it first. They also run deals, and if you sign up for their mailing list, you receive additional offers and coupons.
For me, I think I appreciate the image of Vosges slightly more than the actual taste, as I generally prefer sweet flavors to the savory. The flavors are extremely potent, so it is good if you want to limit your intake of chocolate.
Happy National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day! Yes, another chocolate holiday, there are so many of them, isn’t it great!
As I opened up my browser to write this blog this morning, I realized that I really had never had any white chocolate cheesecake. I think California Pizza Kitchen used to have a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake that I used to eat, but it was so long ago that I could not really write about that, especially since they do not carry it anymore (yes, I checked). So, I looked up the menu of the one place I KNEW would carry several options: Cheesecake Factory.
I ordered a slice of their White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. Pretty, no? Honestly though, I did not love it. It was good, but the taste of macadamia was far too overpowering for my tastes. Do not get me wrong, macadamia is my favorite nut, but I wanted it more as an undertone, while this drowned out the caramel, chocolate, and cheesecake flavor. If you LOVE nuts though, this would be a great dessert to try.
One thing I will say though, it did make it easier for me to limit my consumption to only a few bites, as this baby rings in at a whopping 1220 calories per slice. Yikes! While I like it, it is definitely not something that I would normally order to waste my calories on.
The other option that Cheesecake Factory had which I almost tried, was the White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
Know of a great White Chocolate Cheesecake? Let me know!
Winter, the perfect time to curl up with a great big mug of hot chocolate. Of course, I have tried several, and I have my favorites. There are two main favorites, but this weeks entry is about the one that most people can acquire (the other is imported), Land’o’Lakes Cocoa Classics. Now, most of you are probably familiar with the brand as it pertains to butter, but yes, they make Hot Chocolate as well.
Actually, they have a dozen varieties: Amaretto, Arctic White, Butterscotch, Caramel, Cinnamon, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Creme, Mint, Mocha, Raspberry, and Supreme. Of all of the above, I have tried all but the Arctic White (which is next on the list and I have two pouches sitting at home), French Vanilla, Irish Cream, Mocha, and Raspberry. Most of these I will try eventually, but a couple contain coffee and so are off my list.
The basic chocolate flavors are excellent. My favorites are Supreme, Mint, and Cinnamon. I drink the Mint most often, and I always have at least one packet in my desk at work. I found the Amaretto and the Butterscotch a little artificial tasting, but they were not bad. The Hazelnut I could not finish at all, though admittedly, I made this one without any milk, and I have noticed the difference when drinking the Mint this way, so I may have to give it a second chance.
Overall, this is my favorite individually packaged hot chocolate. They are typically around $.50-$.60 cents a package, and you can have one on hand wherever you go.
War Pony Candy Forge was very easy to find, located in the dealers hall front corner, this was the very first booth I visited at TeslaCon. Their table was set up with rows of candy, of which they offered samples of absolutely everything. The variety of flavors available here were astounding, and some rarer flavors at that. Luckily for me, they posted a stock list for TeslaCon on their facebook:
Peanut Butter Pretzel
4 – Salt
Spiced Plum White Chocolate shell w/ Hazelnut Pumpkin filling
Sugar Free Sassafrass
Corn Free Earl Grey
Corn Free Honey Ginger Lime
I only tried a few flavors, since I did not want to seem greedy (really, I would have stood there and tried every last flavor if I could have), but I did try the Mayan Dark, Earl Grey, and cinnamon swirl (I may have tried the Dark Chocolate Rose as well…it has been a couple weeks, I do not remember for sure). They were all very good and I was so tempted to buy one of everything (not that my wallet would have agreed with that decision), but in the end I settled on a box of Mayan Dark, a box of Peppermint Bark, and a bag of the Cinnamon Swirl. Most of the candy was just in chopped up pieces, but I was a bit surprised when I opened my box of Mayan Dark and found it molded in the shape of a rose. Very pretty.
The cinnamon flavor they add to both the Mayan Dark and the Cinnamon Swirl (especially the Cinnamon Swirl) reminded me of the flavor of atomic fireballs (which I used to devour as a child). The Peppermint Bark…well, lets just say the Peppermint Bark did not last very long in my possession. I look forward to seeing them again in the future so that I can try more of their products.
You can find their website here:
http://www.warponyforge.com/ (currently under construction)
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