Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cocopotamus - Kiss Blarney - March 11, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Kiss Blarney
Good +
Weight: .988 oz. (27.8 g.) in 2 pieces / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) total box of 5
Calories: 150 calories in 2 truffles
Cost: $12.00 for 1 box of 5 pieces
Purchased from: NYDC Chocolate, online order

Saint Patrick's Day is next week, when we celebrate all things Ireland. Rather than a solemn tribute to Saint Patrick, who was a Christian missionary and ambassador to Ireland in the 5th century, this holiday is more likely to involve being festively assaulted by the color green in stores, bars and restaurants.

In the U.S., St. Patrick's Day has become affiliated with saucy leprechauns wearing green derby hats and jackets, green beer, and green and gold chocolates, coins, and candies.

In the late 1900s, I remember watching green-tinted television commercials for Irish Spring* soap and Lucky Charms* cereal. If you crossed grandma's fudge with these two products, you might get something dark and sweet, refreshing and charming, and a bit whimsical, like today's Cocopotamus "Kiss Blarney**" peppermint and rum dark chocolate truffles from NYDC Chocolate (Albuquerque, NM). These creamy, hand-dipped fudge truffles were covered in dark chocolate, individually wrapped in handsome teal green foil, and were magically delicious (and gluten free).

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Green Theme Week.

*Colgate's Irish Spring soap was first marketed by Colgate-Palmolive in the 1970s. Lucky Charms is a cereal brand produced by General Mills.
** The Blarney stone resides in Blarney Castle in Ireland. Legend has it that those who kiss this stone will have the gift of gab (the ability to persuade, flatter or charm others with your speech)

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