Tag Archives: chocolate

Fun-sized statistics that melt in your mouth

I'm told that there are treatments available for those of us who are compelled like to count and sort our candy by color before eating it. I can stop any time I want, of course, but today's fun-sized pack of M&Ms gave me pause. No yellow. There's a yellow guy on the package, but he's…
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Halloween Kit Kat? Give me a break

It's the week after Halloween, and that means tons of leftover candy. Especially since it's the stuff you couldn't palm off on the young extortionists in costume, I usually don't pay much attention. But this week, somebody left a bunch of Kit Kats in the office, and some of them had orange labels. And we…
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This chocolate pudding could be A+

I've called out food trucks before for obfuscating the name and content of common dishes, but when Mei Mei Street Kitchen put Sanguinaccio Dolce on the board, they helpfully, if bluntly, glossed it with "Taza chocolate, John Crow farm pigs blood." $2, what could possibly go wrong? If there's going to be blood in my dessert, I'd…
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All candy should come with technical cross-section diagrams

While snagging a fresh Mozart Kugel from the snack table at the office I noticed this informative diagram inside the box. Behold the majesty of two different kinds of marzipan on one chocolate ball.  What really drove the Salieri Kugel to madness was how easy the Mozart Kugel made it look. Now that's my kind…
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The Legend of the Passover Hamster

You know how every office has somebody that loves to tell stories, often the same ones again and agin?  I'm not gonna lie, it can be annoying, except when you get a really good story out of it.  This is one such story: The Legend of the Passover Hamster. It should be no surprise to…
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Caffeine Nation

Last week I attended a discussion and book signing for Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America by historian Benjamin Carp.  History might not run as deep here in Massachusetts as it does in Sicily, but it's pretty thick in Boston and the event was held at the Old…
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Look to the peanut butter oatmeal cookie

I've been informed that today, June 12, is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.  What better day to test my crackpot theory that you can improve things by adding peanut butter.  For example, here is Quaker Oats' "Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookie" recipe, and my modifications in [brackets]. Preheat overn to 350F Combine and cream 1/2 pound…
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Tour de Taza

When you live outside the tropics, it's sort of hard to buy "local chocolate."  You can buy from a local chocolatier, which is somebody who buys chocolate from someplace else and melts, molds, rolls, carves and otherwise remakes it into delicious confections.  You can also buy chocolate from a local chocolate maker, somebody who imports…
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Choices

Earlier this week I was in Santa Monica engaging in the dark art of qualitative marketing research. (For more insight into marketing research, try Lynne's shiny new blog, Marketing Analytics) While dining with my colleagues, I discovered that they had been having on ongoing discussion on foodie topics, and were eager to draw me into…
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Babka!

Is there anything finer than a good chocolate babka?  Probably not, but after bringing back no fewer than three such treats from New York City this weekend, I got to wondering, just what is babka, anyway? Like so many of my favorite baked things, babka comes from Ashkenaz.  Wikipedia cites "Eastern European" origins, Russian etymology…
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Apple Time Capsule Heals Chocolate!

OK, it's not exactly a cheese sandwich with the image of the BVM on in, but as household miracles go, I'm thinking this one is much more useful if less lucrative.  After dinner, I was looking around for a snack, and I found a nice bar of dark chocolate, but it had gone all bloomy.…
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