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BBM 2.0 – Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules

BBM 2.0 - Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules
This was the last item in my Blogging by Mail package. I bet you thought that box was bottomless! 😆 I thought these ‘Jacques Pure Chocolate Hagelslag Granules‘ were just ‘sprinkles’ but they’re not! They melt in your mouth! (All the sprinkles I have ever tasted were firm, these are soft). I was very confused (and slightly grossed out) by the cover image which promoted... 

Trinidad Cocoa’s Sweet Feet (article)

Trinidad Cocoa's Sweet Feet (article)
I’ve been meaning to share more details about Trinidad’s exclusive Trinitario cocoa ever since my highly successful post for Upside Down Chocolate pudding. After this article appeared 2 weeks ago in a local newspaper I knew it was time to start sharing the various articles and findings I’ve compiled on our local cocoa industry as well as the chocolate world on a whole 🙂 Hopefully... 

BBM 2.0 – Guylian Truffles

BBM 2.0 - Guylian Truffles
No words necessary! 🙂 These were the last to be consumed, but they are not the last in this series by any means 🙂 Customs sliced the bottom of this (and one other box) checking for ‘contraband’! 🙁 So creamy and light inside!!! 🙂  Read More →

BBM 2.0 – Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream

BBM 2.0 - Petits Calins de Pont-Aven: Dark chocolate wafers filled with Mint cream
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘thin mints’. My only memories of them were in the boxes of US Girl Guide cookies that would appear from time to time in the dorms during college. I believe I’ve also had them locally but I don’t think they are very popular. I’ve never been a big fan of mint in candies, and always thought it felt clashed with the chocolate coating. So... 

BBM 2.0 – Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate

BBM 2.0 - Bovetti Savory Artisan Chocolate
Bovetti Artisan Chocolate! I had never known about this company (surprise surprise) so I went online and found You know you are dealing with a French website when you click on “English” and the language is still French 😆 Fortunately some of my CXC (high school) French was still rolling around my head and I was able to navigate to some pages that were actually in English!... 

BBM 2.0 – Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan

BBM 2.0 - Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon from Ceylan
This chocolate bar was as divine to unwrap as it was to consume. It came in a plastic sealed package that reminded me of my father’s old school tobacco pouches 🙂 I am a huge lover of dark chocolates, so I was in 7th heaven with this bar! What was most peculiar about this bar was that although the cinnamon smell was intense, you didn’t actually taste the cinnamon until the chocolate... 

BBM 2.0 – Chocolate Eggs

BBM 2.0 - Chocolate Eggs
These eggs were so rich and decadent and delish! Some were dark chocolate, some were white. All had what seemed to be a creamy hazelnut filling. I couldn’t tell the name of the brand, it seemed to start with R, but I was too busy peeling the wrappers off 😀 YUM!!!! UPDATE: Thanks to Eva for letting me know that the chocolates are Easter eggs from a company called Galler! 🙂  Read More →

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand

Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate By Brand
So the roundup for Sugar High Friday #27: Chocolate by Brand is here! 🙂 This time it was hosted by the very smiley David Lebovitz, author of Room For Dessert : 110 Recipes for Cakes, Custards, Souffles, Tarts, Pies, Cobblers, Sorbets, Sherbets, Ice Creams, Cookies, Candies, and Cordials, Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts With Fruit–Inside, Outside, Alongside and, only naturally, The... 

Coconut Scented Rum Truffles

Coconut Scented Rum Truffles
Well Sugar High Friday #25 is up on me! I decided that I would try my hand at something that I’m calling Coconut Scented Rum Truffles (for now) 😉 I decided to make the filling with bittersweet chocolate, coconut cream and rum. The coating is semisweet chocolate. Half of the truffles were also sprinkled with light brown sugar for some disco-tastic sparkle. Overall I’m happy with the... 

Chocolate: Love at First Bite – or Sight

Chocolate: Love at First Bite - or Sight
A new study of people who crave chocolate shows that eating chocolate, or even just looking at a picture of it, turns on pleasure centers in the brains of cravers far more than in people who don’t crave the confection. Viewing pictures of chocolate also activates an area of the brain known to be involved in drug addiction. The study, by Ciara McCabe and Edmund Rolls of Oxford University in England,... 

Chocolate Rum-Raisin Cake

This moist chocolate cake is overflowing with rum flavoring and raisins. It’s great coated with whipped cream or served hot with custard. That’s homemade pumpkin custard in the picture! 🙂 My recipe makes one 9 or 10 inch tube pan (14 servings). Ingredients: 1 cup water 1/4 cup rum 2/3 cup chopped raisins 3/4 cup butter 1 egg 1 1/4 cups white sugar 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon... 

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