Monday, February 22, 2010

ChocolateBet: February 22, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
1 package
Chase Candy Company
Chase's Cherry Mash
Weight: 2.05 oz. (58 g.) in 1 package/bar
Calories: 285 calories
Cost: $1.95 (guesstimate)
Purchased from: The Candy Store, in San Francisco, CA

Happy George Washington Birthday, celebrated on Feb. 22 in the U.S.  As school children, we all dutifully learned that George was a brave young man, admitting: "I cannot tell a lie; I chopped down the cherry tree," when questioned. So, somehow the whole cherry and chocolate theme this week made sense. This is Day #2 of Chocolate and Cherry Theme Week (#2).

I purchased this Chase's Cherry Mash at The Candy Store in San Francisco (Russian Hill area). This store specializes in candy, but thankfully the owners have stocked a small, but very impressive array of chocolate items as well. 

Postscript: Thanks for all who commented on Chase's Cherry Mash! It's a privilege to write about small businesses making chocolates for this long. The Cherry Mash has been around for several decades -- enough time to create lots of good memories and tips (like adding one to a vanilla milkshake).


KYantis said...

Hope you enjoyed your Cherry Mash! What a fun blog! My family has run the company that makes Cherry Mash since the 1940s so I was excited to run across your blog. A great tip for eating Cherry Mash is making a shake with it - it's great with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!

Unknown said...

Cherry Mash is my favoritest candy ever. I grew up in West Texas and we ate them up. Now I live in the Houston area and can't find them, so when I drive home to see family, I have to stock up for me & my best friend.

I even wrote a love letter to Cherry Mash here:

Take care

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading about your experience with the Cherry Mash candy bar. They're made in St. Joseph, Missouri where we currently call home.
As the farm director of KFEQ radio in St. Joseph, I've passed out over 1 ton of Cherry Mash to listeners at the St. Joseph and Kansas City Farm Shows and during Harvest Reports over the last 14 years. I loved 'em as a kid and still enjoy them from time to time.
For a great treat, "mash" the Cherry Mash, add in a tablespoon (or splash) of milk, then microwave it for 20 - 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and heat again if necessary. Pour it over a bowl of ice cream and you have a great treat!

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