Saturday, February 27, 2010

ChocolateBet: January 27, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
1 chocolate cigar
Thompson Candy/Chocolate
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) for 1 cigar
Calories: 150 calories (+ 75 calories for cherry preserves, fondue ingredients)
Cost: $ (lost price info)
Purchased from: (lost purchase info)

The occasional chocolate cigar probably can't hurt -- especially when it's part of a decluttering-my-room celebration. (Thank you to Vicky for getting the ball rolling on this front.)

Since this was also the last day (Day #7) of Chocolate and Cherry Theme Week, I combined part of this cigar with some Hero Black Cherry Swiss Preserves, since I couldn't find a chocolate cherry cigar. More specifically, I melted down the "butt" end of this hollow milk chocolate stogie with the cherry preserves and a few drops of wine. The results: a micro-batch of chocolate cherry fondue to eat with fruit and nuts. (Bowl with happy spoon pictured at right.)

ChocolateBet: February 26, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:
1.) Luca Chocolate - Orange Pistachio Nougat (3 pieces)
Good +
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31 g.) for 3 pieces (estimate)/ 4.2 oz. (118 g.) total box (estimate)
Calories: 135 calories (estimate)
Cost: $16.95 total for 12 piece assortment box (3 different flavors)
Purchased from: Luca Chocolate via

2.) Cella's Confections  - Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries (2 pieces)
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in 2 pieces/8 oz. (226 g.) in total box of 16 pieces
Calories: 130 calories in 2 cherries
Cost: $3.99 for a box of 16 chocolate cherries
Purchased from: Paradise Foods, in Corte Madera, CA

There's always cause to celebrate with chocolate. And if I find the occasion lacking, I visit sites like, to inspire a real chocola-ganza.  For example, Friday, January 26th was National Pistachio Day, a great fit for Luca Chocolate's Orange Pistachio Nougat chocolates.  Unfortunately the nougat seemed to have leaked out a little, but they were still just fine.

Jan. 26th was also Day #6 of Chocolate and Cherry Theme Week (#2). Cella's dates back to 1864. Any company that started during the (U.S.) Civil War era, and is still in business, deserves some praise. I had no problem with cherry seepage with Cella's dark chocolate version of their chocolate covered cherries. The dark chocolate shell was quite thick, to encase the "100% liquid center" accompanying the cherry. I prefer dark chocolate, and a few notches down on the sweetness meter, so these dark cherries were a good choice.
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