Tag Archive: caramel

Hammond’s Chocolate Bars

Once again we get to my birthday, and here come the gifts of chocolate!

Yay, I have new chocolate bars to try and this time they are made by Hammond’s Candies in Denver, CO.

According to their website, www.hammondscandies.com, Hammond’s has been in business for more than 90 years. In 1920, Carl T. Hammond, Sr. founded Hammond’s Candy Company in Denver, Colorado. His first candy creation was the Honey Ko Ko - a chocolate topped with shredded coconut.

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Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel

Ghirardelli recently introduced a new variety of chocolate square; Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, I think this is another example of “sounds better than it is”.

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MilkBoy Swiss Alpine Milk Chocolate with Crunchy Caramel and Sea Salt

Milkboy is made in Switzerland and according to their website, www.milkboy.com, cows that graze the alpine meadows “produce some of the best-quality milk available, milk for which Switzerland is rightly famed.”

In addition to “best-quality milk,” the milk solids content is 24%. This is much higher than minimal levels required for milk chocolate in the U.S. (which is 12%). No wonder it’s uber-milky and creamy! Read more

Chocolaterie ICKX – Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins

Chocolaterie Ickx makes Belgian seasonal chocolate box novelties sold to high end department stores and chocolate shops.  The company was founded in the 1970s, primarily making pralines. Eventually, the growth of the company led to the building of a new chocolate factory in Essen, Belgium.

My family received a box of Belgian Chocolate Pumpkins as a gift for Halloween. The autumn collection has four varieties: Salted Carmel (Milk Chocolate), Chocolate Crème (Dark Chocolate), Pecan Praline (White Chocolate), and Pumpkin Ganache (Spiced Confectionery Coating).

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Dillon’s Chocolates: The Wisconsin Bar

I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life. I know what Wisconsin is known for to the outside world – cheese, brats, beer, and cheese.

I doubt we are known for chocolate.

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Chocolate Pecan Caramel Shortbread

We often coast through life putting up with the mundane things. We've got mouths to feed and bills to pay, and sometimes that's all we can think about.

An opportunity to bask in some fun knocks on your door, and all you do is scream at the top of your lungs "Go away!" You don't even know why you're screaming in the first place, perhaps to intimidate that little voice in your head that says "I want to have some fun." Time and again, the bigger voice in your head wins, one which incessantly blurts out "Responsibilities first!"

Fun need not be extravagant. Heck, you can have fun with just the mere use of your mind! If you just can’t find the resources to have the kind of fun you've always been passing on but always been dying to experience, just enjoy the little pleasures in life for now. Until then, opt for chocolate. Chocolate can always give you that, always.

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Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramel

Ghirardelli Pumpkin SpiceThis seasonal holiday chocolate is as delicious as the name!  It is coated in milk chocolate with a soft, gooey center of pumpkin spice flavored caramel.
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Caramel Chocolate Chip Cake

The National Chocolate Chip Day was celebrated last week. It’s not like we need a specific reason to have our chocolate treats, but it feels to good to have something specific to celebrate here and there.

Chocolate chips have always been am essential ingredient in an array of delectable treats, from chocolate chip muffins to chocolate chip cookies. They became famous in the 1930s, when Ruth Graves Wakefield accidentally created the original chocolate chip cookie at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass.

To celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day, albeit late, go get a handful of chocolate chips and bake something sumptuous for you to share with friends and family. Here is a recipe to get you started.
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Chocolate Pecan Caramel and Petite Sirah

Bogle Petite SirahDuring a recent chocolate and wine tasting program, I introduced the pairing of a dark chocolate covered pecan and caramel cluster with a Bogle Petite Sirah. 

Looking for a wine that would work with cluster, I described what I needed and then took the suggestion from a very knowledgeable wine guru.   But up until serving it, I had not tried this particular combination.  This always makes me a bit nervous because I am using something unfamiliar, yet I’m simultaneously excited to try something new.

The pairing did not disappoint!  This wonderful twosome worked great in the tasting and would also be a very satisfying after dinner treat.
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Chocolate Caramels

Do you know the feeling of the idiomatic expression “hitting two birds with one stone”? That’s what you get when you eat this yummy confection. Chocolate per se is heavenly, but try incorporating it into caramel and you are sent beyond heaven.

Just so you know, the milk products are the most important ingredients since it is the primary source of fat in caramel, which gives it that delightful texture. Milk is known to have a lot of nutritional benefits such as calcium which is good for the bones, and chocolate contains antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage. Suffice it to say, you are really on for a healthily delicious treat!

Anyone with a sweet tooth who gets to taste this would surely ask for more of these rich, chewy, fudge-like and melt-in your-mouth goodies. Also, this treat also makes for a delightful yet inexpensive gift!
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