Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ghirardelli - Milk Chocolate Nutcracker - Dec. 11, 2014

Ghirardelli website
Chocolate of the Day:

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
Milk Chocolate Nutcracker
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 4.5 oz. (127 g.) total item
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. piece
Cost: $4.99 for 1 nutcracker novelty item
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today kicked off the first day of Chocolates in Toyland Theme Week; and I'll be sampling several holiday novelty chocolate items, most of them neatly encased in festively colorful and fancifully illustrated foil wrappings.

Kicking this week off was the milk chocolate Nutcracker chocsimile* from Ghirardelli Chocolate (San Leandro, CA). Ghirardelli was one of the pioneer chocolate makers in the San Francisco area. The company started making chocolate in San Francisco in 1852.

The dilemma: Is it more polite to bite off the boots or the head first? I went with the boots. While hollow inside, the milk chocolate walls were generously thick, and the boots broke off with a snap and a thunk. The chocolate was smooth and sweet.

The Nutcracker character features prominently in a famous ballet of the same name that's still popular during the Christmas holiday season in the U.S.

It's hard to imagine this 7-inch tall nutcracker magically transforming into a 7-foot tall nutcracker soldier and crossing swords with a man-sized rat king. However, it might make a fun Christmas stocking stuffer.

*A chocsimile is a chocolate facsimile of a person, place or thing.

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