Aug 5 2013

Klondike’s version of an ice cream sandwich.

Ooh, not much good to say on this one, sorry, Klondike.

First of all, the name?  Please. What the Fudge Brownie. Trying to be hip by using a swear word doesn’t work with square ice cream patties. (get the joke?!) Off-color language is not appetizing.  Also, annoying that Klondike drops the plural just because they feel like it. There are 4 in a box, so it’s not Brownie, it’s Brownies.

brownies my way
brownies my way

There is enough ice cream as an ingredient for it to qualify for the ice cream label, not just frozen dessert or whatever they call non-ice cream products. Which is vanilla flavored in this case, with 2 cardboard brown soft crackers on top and bottom (which they call brownies), and some chocolate goo in the middle.

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Jul 26 2013

Difference between men and women at the movies.

date night with movie and popcorn

This is one of my most famous cartoons evah! Been published a lot of places, including in my chocolate book, of course.

Fess up, there’s a lot of time to think secret thoughts in the dark of a movie theater.

Oh yeah, I review popcorn, too. But not today. :)

Jul 24 2013

I wimped out and picked vanilla. Don’t hate me.

Forgive me, readers, for I have sinned. The subtitle of this blog is Chocolate, and not-Vanilla. And yet I bought Vanilla this time!! yes.

I’m talking about Vaniglia Vanilla Bean Gelato, which I found at Gelsons. Gelson’s is an upscale supermarket across the street from the ultra-popular Trader Joe’s, and yet it does very well. (for one thing, they’re open til midnight, so yay!) They also have a very tasteful, astute buyer for ice creams, and get the newest ice creams before anyone else on the block.

could be chocolate chip, could be vanilla with vanilla bean specks

this could be chocolate chip, could be vanilla with vanilla bean specks

Why did I choose vanilla, when chocolate was right in my face? Because I have been disappointed in the past with gelato or sorbet, when it’s just a frozen chocolate water concoction. If I wanted that, I’d save my upscale dollars, and just buy Fudgesicles. So I looked at the ingredients, and sure enough, didn’t see much cream in the chocolate version. What I did see in the Vanilla flavor was egg yolks. I am always excited if I can find anything resembling custard ice cream (like I used to buy at the boardwalk), so the game was on!

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Jul 22 2013

Healthy muffins, don’t do me any favors.

I’m not going to tell you my favorite Ralph’s store because it’s already competitive enough. Busy.

I’m talking about the Reduced Item section in the back. Now, I think all or most Ralph’s stores have a sale cart or reduced corner tucked away somewhere, but this one keeps me occupied for a full 5 to 10 minutes, looking for goodies. I’ve found very reduced plants, (some of which last for years!), sunscreen (I’m a fanatic, and Neutrogena is great for not making my eyes or contacts water), tea, cake mixes, little stuffed animals for when I’m feeling in need of a hug, and of course, glorious food. Baked goods of all kinds, all half price. Huge platters. Really good 3 layer cakes they make there. Etc.

baking powder biscuits from vintage Swansdown cookbook. Dig that plate!

baking powder biscuits from vintage Swans Down cookbook. Dig that plate!

So anyway, it was a bad night for finding my usual finds, and I had to try something, so I picked Blueberry Oat Bran Muffins by Fabe’s Bakery, which is local, the label says, in Salinas CA. Fabe’s sounds like fave, so that was a good start. The label has a pic of an older lady and says it’s naturally sweetened, and moist and irresistible.


Dry, grainy, possibly oily. Maybe it’s too healthy for me, maybe not. The tongue knows.

Ralph’s can be really annoying when returning items, so I just tossed them once I found them still in the fridge a month later.

The Vegan Mouse says Fabe’s cake was horrible, too. :( Very sad, because vegetarians deserve dessert, too! Fabe’s, keep trying!

Photo adapted from Bake Like a Champion, Swans Down Flour, 1936