Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ChocolateBet: December 15, 2006

Chocolate of the Day:

Tianjin (Shanghai Shengang Foodstuff Factory)
Tianjin Chestnut Chocolate
Weight: 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total box of 10 pieces
Calories: 57 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: ?
Purchased from: Airport, Shanghai, China

Airport shops are good places to look for local chocolates, and to get rid of (spend) small denominations of foreign currency you've accumulated that might not be worth changing back to U.S. dollars when you head home. I bought chocolates in both Shanghai and Tokyo airports this week as we were leaving these countries.

In Shanghai, I bought a box of Tianjin Chestnut Chocolate. The box contained ten chestnut (milk) chocolates, and they were good. They came in a nicely decorated red box with an image of whole chestnuts, and a photo of a single, small domed chocolate, cut in half, to show the chestnut filling.

I also used my last handful of change at the airport to buy a chop (a small stamp carved out of soft stone with my name in Chinese characters). You dip the chop in thick red ink and press it on the paper or surface you want to leave your mark on. I watched while the man carved it himself --as I nervously looked at the clock and hoped I would still have a few minutes to spare to board the plane. But, true to his word, he finished in less than 10 minutes.

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