Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE AGE 21 OR OLDER AND HAVE INTERNET ACCESS. GIVEAWAY begins at 12:00:00 pM (ET) on SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 AND ends at 11:59:59 aM (ET) on OCTOBER 6, 2008 (“ENTRY PERIOD”).
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3. PRIZES AND ODDS: Twenty (20) Prizes: A DOVE®-branded satin pouch containing an assortment of DOVE® Brand chocolates. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Prize: $40. Total ARV of all Prizes: $800. Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. All Prizes will be awarded (assuming sufficient number of eligible entries). Limit: one Prize per person. Sponsor reserves right to substitute Prizes of equal or greater value. No other substitution or transfer of Prizes permitted. Sponsor responsible only for Prize delivery; not responsible for Prize utility, quality or otherwise. Taxes and fees, if any, are the sole responsibility of winners.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
After dinner tonight, we busted open the package and cut it up. We each took a little piece and sniffed, then sampled.
Dang! It was good. I mean, really good, like you wouldn't even know it was vegan. (Not in a, "Try this tofu burger, you won't even miss the meat" kind of way, but in a "Hey, don't be eating all of my fudge" kind of way. I'm not even sure what that means, but somehow it makes sense in my head.)
Here are the official comments from the round table:
Grandpa: "I could eat a whole pound of that."
Meemaw: "Very chocolatey. I'm not a huge fan of fudge, but that's very good. Very smooth."
Mr. Goodbar: "Mmmm. Now you can have fudge AND impress your lesbian friends." (Please send all letters to Mr. Goodbar, 14 Politically Correct Way, Pleasanttown, Blue State, 06611.)
So there you have it: rich, creamy chocolatey fudge without the weight of the animal kingdom on your back. The price is kind of steep: $24.90 for a 6" x 6" tray, but it's a small price to pay for a satisfied sweet tooth and a clear conscience.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
(A message to the Wee von Schokolats: Please take note of this and remind me to make them at Thanksgiving!)
I found something new & exciting (or so I thought) at the Christmas Tree Shop. I invested my hard earned 95 cents in some Tootsie Roll Holiday Mini Chews - White Chocolatey Coated Mini Tootsie Rolls. Sounded good....I finally got around to trying them today... at first glance they reminded me of Good & Plenty candies but a bit bigger. The taste and feel I can only compare to a crayon. It's waxy! (Okay, more the feel since I've never eaten a crayon that I remember!) If I were to eat a crayon I'm sure this is what a white crayon would taste like until the coating dissolves away and the Tootsie Roll is discovered. What were they thinking?!?! There isn't even that chocolatey smell of the Tootsie Roll in the box, in fact there is no smell. Tootsie Rolls are one of my favorite candies - from the midgets to the pops, but not these! To quote the box - "The combination of flavors and textures is a wonderful taste sensation. Mini Chews deliver the Tootsie Roll taste you love and a sweet goodness you can only find at the Holidays!" Yes, the Tootsie Roll taste is there, but I couldn't find any sweet goodness. I hope Santa doesn't fill my stocking (or anyone else's) with these. Save your money or spend it on the original Tootsie Roll.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I'd been eyeing these babies the past few times I went to Trader Joe's. I'd pick them up, put them back. Pick them up, put them back. Finally I decided enough was enough and I bought 'em. Here's what the label says (since my photography skills are so bad): "Crunchy almonds and a creamy coconut center enrobed in milk chocolate."
Yeah, I know. Milk chocolate. That's why I kept putting them back. It seems that the only acceptable chocolate for almonds and coconut is dark, not milk, although obviously the success of Almond Joy speaks differently. So I decided to give them a chance anyway.
Here's the deal. They're good, don't get me wrong. The coconut is nice and chewy and the milk chocolate is quite good. But the almonds are chopped up into little pieces-- big strike on that one. And, try as I might to like these just the way they are, I can't help but wonder how much more delicious they'd be in dark.
And so, half a container still sits hidden amongst the flour and sugar in the cabinet, waiting for Mr. Goodbar to find them. But I reckon he'll have the same response. "Milk chocolate? Oh man!"
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Stay tuned during the next few weeks for lots of fun looks at all the organic goodies that are available. (Yes, fine, maybe I am tag-teaming this with an article for the magazine. But that just means you'll get the inside scoop on the latest happenings in the organic confections world.)
And thanks to everyone for their well wishes. The House of Yum is still under the weather, so keep sending that feel-good juju.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Dr. Killjoy: "How old are you?"
Madame Yum Yum: "Um, 37."
Dr. Killjoy: "Well, you're getting there."
Wait. What? Getting where? What the heck?! Where am I going?! Can you believe the gall?!
(I realize this post has nothing to do with candy, but it's all I can manage right now. We'll return to our regularly scheduled candy goodness ASAP!)
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
See if you can relate:
Spouse looks up at you sheepishly, bearing a gift of some sort.
"Look!" Spouse says. "I bought you a gift! For no reason! Just because I love you!"
Suddenly, somewhere, far off in the land, alarm bells start ringing. Brrrring! Brrrrring! Whooot! Whoooot!
You know something's up.
This was the scene a few nights ago at the Connection household. Apparently, the Connection put a few Ebay bids on expensive camera lenses, not thinking he'd really win them.
Okay, ladies, raise your hand if you HAVEN'T been in this situation. Let's see, I believe the Baron's big "oops" was for an antique coin. For Mr. Goodbar, it was a car. (Oh, my bad. Make that several cars.)
In any case, Mrs. Connection benefitted from this eensy-weensy mistake-- she got a nice box of Li-Lac Chocolates.*
(This is the point in the universal conversation where Partner #1 says, "You spent money buying me something to cover up for the fact that you spent a fortune on yourself?!")
Anyhow, Mrs. Connection, being the embodiment of pure kindness and selflessness, actually saved a piece of this extreme deliciousness for me!
Now, I've heard of Li-Lac chocolates, and you have to understand-- I live a mere hour from New York City-- but I've never had any of their chocolates. Where have I been? Check out their website; you'll be drooling in no time. I particularly love this:
Li-Lac's Continental Assortment: Continental at Li-LacDoesn't that sound like the ultimate chocolate/nut experience?!
refers to our exotic selection of chocolate-covered pecans, walnuts, pistachios, filberts, almonds, cashews and macadamia nuts. Unique in the way they are made, using antique molds, the nuts are visible through the chocolate, leaving no surprises. Available in either milk or dark chocolate.
Back to the bark. It was good. I mean, reeeaallllllly good. Toasted almonds, dark, fragrant chocolate. Fantastic. If I gave ratings, this one would've been a 10. Or an A+. Or a Golden Pegasus with a rainbow and a peace sign and an American flag and Obama.
Kudos to Mr. Connection for knowing how to work it.
And kudos to Mrs. Connection for sharing.
*She explained that this is the gift of choice in the Connection household. "Wouldn't you much rather get a box of these chocolates than a dozen roses?" she asked me.
Well, yes, Mrs. Connection. But some of us have had to settle for smaller things, such as, oh, I don't know, a single piece of lint-encrusted licorice which, turns out, is full of lead goodness.
File this is the "What the ???" category. These are actual lollipops that, using some whacked-out Jetsons' technology, do something to your brain and make you do one of the following: relax, socialize, assert, meditate, overcome or focus. They're sold out right now, due to "overwhelming interest that is outstripping supply."
Pretty freaky stuff, although admittedly I'd be curious to try the "relax" flavor the next time the Sugar Baby dumps his yogurt all over the cane chairs.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, NC is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State due to elevated levels of lead.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I'vetakenapositionastheEditorinChiefofawomen'shealthmagazineOMGOMGOMGIcandoit,Icandoit. (No comments from the Peanut Gallery about the candy/health conflict please.)
There. So I've found some miscellaneous candy items that I
just haven't gotten around to writing about yet. Here we have a Kit
Kat Caramel that No-Nuts bought and devoured. Okay, yes, she did share with me. It was better than I expected. For some reason I thought the caramel would be stiffer and chewier, but this was more soft and flowy, like a Caramello. It was yummy.
And kudos to Nestle for not spelling caramel with a
Those little pink things are Russian candies from my mother's neighbor. I'm not sure what flavor they were, but there was some sort of little berry printed on the wrapper. They were chewy, like taffy.
Monday, September 08, 2008
And remember, there are still more auctions going on with lots o' groovy stuff.
*Okay, I'll admit it: I'm giddy simply because Mrs. G contacted me. She's my bloggy idol. If you haven't already checked out Derfwad Manor, well what the heck are you waiting for?
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Here's to the Nielsons' quick recoveries.