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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Starbucks Discontinues Chantico

I saw a news item that said that Starbucks is pulling Chantico, a scant year since it was introduced.

It may not be completely gone:

Audrey Lincoff, a spokeswoman for world’s largest specialty coffee retailer, said the company will start selling two new chocolate drinks in mid-February, but would not provide any further details Wednesday.

I actually liked the stuff, but my positive review earlier this year was hardly enough to keep it on the menu. I’ve had the drink a total of three times, I don’t go to Starbucks very often (even though they are everywhere). I try to frequent the independent chains, but I would actually patronize them more if their fair trade coffee was always one of the drip coffee options.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:33 am     StarbucksChocolateDiscontinuedNewsShoppingComments (4)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Choco Luxe Guide

Departures, the American Express magazine, has an incredible list of The Only 149 Chocolates You Need to Know About.  Well, I didn’t count 149 manufacturers on Christine Muhlke’s list, but there’s some good stuff there, not just what to eat, but where to go on vacation for full immersion.

There are also some great quotes from other foodies and this was my favorite:

Alan Richman | food writer
“I like See’s Candies [from San Francisco]. They’re huge—not little wussy designer chocolates. It’s a great middle-class product. I also like chocolate that’s sold in any crumbling store run by old ladies. You know it’s fresh and they’re making it.”

I happen to love See’s because it’s so dependably fresh and tasty and I don’t need hand painting on something that’s going in my tummy. Of course I’ll have to work my way through the list to see if they stay at the top!

(Link found via Roboppy - thanks!)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:17 am     ReviewChocolateFun StuffNewsComments (0)

Candy Cocktails for a Sweet New Year

Now that we’re through Christmas and the stockings and desserts, there’s New Year’s to consider.

It’s not a very candy holiday, but you can make it that way if you want. I found two great lists of candy cocktails:

Chocktails - 10 recipes for chocolate cocktails including Raspberry Truffle and what I think sounds good, Italian Licorice. (Link found via Chocolate Obsession - thanks!)

And the Candy Addict has a roundup of 15 recipes as well for all sorts of candy oriented cocktails including a Tootsie Roll and Peanut Butter Cup. The SweetTart sounds pretty good to me, although I’ve never been particularly fond of sweet drinks (I pretty much drink water, unsweetened tea and milk though I will indulge in hot chocolate from time to time).

This leads me to a recipe The Man and I formulated this summer for a Lemon Martini:

1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part limoncello
1 part lemon vodka

Shake with ice, serve in a chilled martini glass, rub the rim with lemon rind or if you want a festive look, try yellow sugar or cocktail sugars. You might also want to drop a lemon drop in there or if you can find one of those lemon stripe candy sticks, that’d be pretty cool as a stirrer. The drink is VERY zesty, as it has a lot of lemon in it. We make our own lemon vodka by simply taking a lemon and using a peeler to get just the best yellow zest off of it, placing the strips in a jar and covering with good vodka. Stick in the fridge until insanely yellow and the zest strips star to curl. If it’s too lemony (is that possible?) dilute with plain vodka.

Of course always be safe - it’s easy to over-imbibe when the drinks are sweet and tasty. I want everyone around for the New Year!

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:27 am     ReviewFun StuffNewsComments (1)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Make This: Christmas Stockings

Stockings are one of my favorite traditions of Christmas. I’ve written before about my love of the stockings Santa brought us as children. They were eclectic mixes of little gifts, novelties, traditional American chocolates, gelt and international confections. These were candies that we didn’t get any other time of the year, not in Easter baskets and certainly not in Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

For the past few years I’ve also continued this tradition with my friends when I’m in town for the holidays. We often host a Christmas Eve dinner for friends and I give out a version of these stockings to my guests.

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Our family tradition is that everyone has a stocking and it must be at my mother’s house in order for Santa to find it and fill it. Instead for my guests I put their goodies in fabric wine gift bags. They’re pretty and because they’re reusable they’re a gift as well. I found this excellent assortment in Chinatown much less expensive than at the wine store or Cost Plus. As this year was an all-couple affair, each couple got a stocking.

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The cornerstone of a stocking is candy. The Santa of my childhood seemed to favor a mix of nuts in the shell (which were obviously pretty but were also intended to minimize the actual candy content). Those nuts were immediately sorted out of the candy mix and placed in a bowl on the kitchen table. My stockings skip right to the punch - chocolate. This year we picked up a mix of chocolate coins, Hershey’s Kisses (plain, thank you), Hershey’s Mint Miniatures Mix & Butterfinger Jingles, Brachs hard candy/toffees and the Trader Joe’s Torrones.

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A stocking wouldn’t be much fun without some sassy little toys and additional candy. So I assembled a bunch of stuff, some from the 99 Cent Store, others I picked up here and there. Everyone gets a special big candy, usually just for their tastes: Toblerone bar, Jelly Belly Assortments, Bazooka bubble gum, mints (those round things are mints that look like roller blade wheels) and some grapefruit pastilles. The things that look like ice cream cones are scented bubbles (non toxic for those folks who have pets who like to play with bubbles like we do).

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imageThe gelt is more fun when packaged up. I got some cute little coin bags and pencil keepers in Chinatown as well that are even better stuffed with candy.

And there it is, all stuffed to the seams! (Okay, I have a problem with trying to stuff too much into them.)

Everyone goes home happy and if they have a long way to travel they’ve got a snack along the way. Of course you can scale up or down for finances and it’s always a good idea to keep your eye out year round to find the stuffers. Things like little notebooks, lip balm, ornaments or even CDs are good fun things to add.

(click on any photo for larger, yummier goodness)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:11 pm     Christmas10-SuperbFun StuffNewsShoppingComments (3)

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my Candy Blog readers.

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May your day be as sweet as your sugar plum dreams.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:48 pm     NewsComments (6)

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Gelty Pleasures

imageSomeone’s gone out and done the legwork for me! The Washington Post published a taste test of Hanukkah Gelt or Chocolate Coins, so if you’re looking for the pretty and tasty stuff, take a look at their list before you hit the store.

The good and unsurprising news is that See’s is at the top of the list along with Godiva as the best (See’s is far more affordable).

Full list here.

Of course there are dozens more brands, but always good to have something to go on.

More from the Washington Post here. (May ask for registration ... check bugmenot).

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:51 pm     ReviewChocolateNews

Spotty Reception

Just wanted to let you know if you’ve been trying to view CandyBlog today and have had trouble, it’s my web host. They’re experiencing a major DOS (denial of service) attack on all servers. Their techies are working hard at filtering them and getting the system back up, but things are up and down at the moment.

So, if you’re here now or are reading this through a feed, it’s not you, it’s me. Thanks for your patience.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:08 am     NewsComments (0)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Hershey to Upgrade Chocolate World Ride

Hershey’s Chocolate World will be shutting down their ride starting on January 3rd for a major upgrade and plans to reopen in April.

For those who have not visited the American chocolate Mecca that is “The Town that Chocolate Built”, it’s worth the diversion of you’re in the area. Of course the big appeal is not just the factory and park but also the main streets that feature streetlights shaped like Hershey Kisses (wrapped and unwrapped). Chocolate World was opened in 1973, built as an alternative to the factory tours that Hershey used to offer, and is right next to Hershey Park. Hershey Park itself is a fun destination, an amusement park built for the town and workers in the early 1900s, it’s now a great regional amusement park with one of the country’s best wooden roller coasters (The Comet).

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I went to Chocolate World on New Year’s Day this year and found the Chocolate World ride a little ordinary and I have to say that I’m glad to hear that they’re redoing it. We used to call it, “It’s a Small Chocolate World” as it reminded us of “It’s a Small World” at Disneyland. The new ride is reported to include a trio of dairy cows and their bull, Hef, that will stress the importance of the local milk to Hershey chocolate.

Given the choice, of course, I’d prefer to visit the real factory but I understand that Hershey has 3 million visitors a year for Chocolate World and that’s just too many to take through a working factory.

Link to article at Lebanon Daily News.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:21 pm     Hershey'sNewsComments (5)

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