Combine chocolate and caramel…

and you’ve got my full attention. At the California Restaurant Association Show here recently, I picked up a Ghirardelli Milk and Caramel bar. It has a very glammed up but attractive photo on the gold box. Nicely designed. The milk chocolate is a little sweeter than usual, but works well with theĀ  tangier taste of the caramel. The caramel’s a nice texture, too, all fluid and melty. Thumbs up. Of…

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Chocolate pretzels or chocolate chunk cookies? Neither.

Absolute no for Trader Joe‘s Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The cookies are dry and the chocolate is not satisfying and tastes cheap. I’m Yankee thrifty, but I’m tempted to throw the rest of them out! Ingredients look fine (ie, no corn syrup, which I won’t eat anymore), and there’s a bit of honey, which will usually raise the rating, but not this time. Part of my bitterness is because several years…

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Dark is what’s for dinner.

EDITED: When I started this blog, I called it Dark. I still love that title, but maybe it wasn’t as clear as it could be… I’ve done cartoons on chocolate from the very beginning of my cartoon career, even before chocolate became acceptable, healthy, and girly, instead of some shameful vice I had to hide. (Or was that just my family? :))

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