Monday, December 27, 2010

ChocolateBet: December 27, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
1 piece
Tootsie Roll Industries/TR Brands
Tootsie Roll Midgees
Weight: .21 oz. (6 g.) /.64 oz. (18 g.) total lunchbox
Calories: 23 calories in 1 piece
Cost: $1.49 for Midgees collectible tin lunchbox
Purchased from: World Market/Cost Plus, in Mountain View, CA

What in the name of Batman lunchboxes is this mess of items? It's Day #5 of Chocolate and Something Different Theme Week. Each day this week I've been focusing on a different theme that involves a unique take on chocolate.

Tootsie Rolls have been around in some form since 1896 -- an impressive fact. They may have been consumed as a lunchtime treat back then. However, today's modern-day lunchboxes probably contain more things like this lovely array of candy meats and other fast food items. One can argue that everyone had lots of fun making lunches more convenient and less nutritious in the mid- to late-1900s; and now we're trying to make lunches healthier again. I still like being creative and playing with my food though. Tootsie Roll is careful to point out that Midgees are "a low fat food." So, my apologies for mucking this up by wrapping one in bacon. (A piece of solid chocolate or a salt caramel filling might be another option.)

Today, I tried a mashup of candy lunch meat and chocolate. In the photo: realistic-looking Ford Gum bubble gum bolagna and hot dogs; less realistic looking tiny e.frutti gummi candy hamburger and hot dog items; and a miniature Tootsie Roll metal lunchbox filled with individually wrapped Tootsie Roll Midgees. In the foreground: real strips of bacon -- so that I could make a version of pigs in a blanket* -- a Midgee wrapped in bacon. Lunch is served!  But remember to add candy fruits and vegetables.

*Pigs in a blanket are typically made by wrapping a small cocktail weiner in dough and cooking them in an oven.
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