Sunday, December 26, 2010

ChocolateBet: December 26, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:

3 squares
World Market/Cost Plus
All Natural Milk Chocolate 42% Cacao (bar)
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .6 oz. (16.9 g.) in 3 squares / 3 oz. (85 g.) total bar
Calories: 88 calories
Cost: $1.99
Purchased from: World Market/Cost Plus, in Mountain View, CA

Mixed With....

Part of 1 spider
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Pet Tarantula - gummi candy ("100% Vitamin C")
OK + - Good
Weight: .2 oz. (5.6 g.) in 1 bite (estim.)/ 1.5 oz. (42 g.) total tarantula
Calories: 17 calories
Cost: $1.75 total tarantula
Purchased from: Jelly Belly Candy Company, Fairfield, CA

Today is Day #4 of Chocolate and Something Different Theme Week -- a week of seven different, unique themes. Today I focused on a favorite combination of...well, almost no one it turns out. Chocolate and Spiders. Previous attempts to try chocolate covered (real) insects met with limited success, so, in this case, the spider was a pet tarantula made of gummi candy.

In the photo to the right, you can see the spider demonstrating good taste as it headed for the chocolate fondue, made from a World Market milk chocolate bar. However, for its trouble, it had the tips of its two front legs bitten off. Poor spider.

ChocolateBet: December 25, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1/3 lump of chocolate coal
Maramor Chocolates
Premium Milk Chocolate - "You Deserve a Lump of Coal!"(R)
Good +
Weight: .41 oz. (11.5 g.) in 1/3 pc. / 1.25 oz. (35 g.) total package
Cost: $ (need to find receipt)
Purchased from: Blockbuster, in Palo Alto, CA

Maramor Chocolates "You Deserve a Lump of Coal!" was another example of a theme that was too limited for its own theme week in 2010: chocolate and minerals/carbon. There are chocolate diamonds; but those aren't edible. And I doubt chocolate covered anthracite would be a big hit.

It's also a little depressing to think about deserving only a lump of black foil wrapped coal in your stocking on Christmas Day. So, in addition to a few bites of "coal," I ate a Chocolate Banquet's worth of other goodies today.

As a child, we could count on finding candy canes and tangerines in our stockings. So, I felt obliged to sample a bit of Brown and Haley's Candy Cane Roca as well. And, yes, tangerines are good and refreshing as a palette cleanser between chocolates.

I hope Santa was good to everyone.
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