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Ocho Coconut candy bar…muy bueno!

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This is an organic coconut and dark chocolate combination which is worth the higher price in the candy bar arena.

The chocolate has a once snap on top of the chewy coconut. I paid $1.99 at Safeway and it was worth it.

They also make toffee, and peanut butter bars, so be on the look out and when you spot one, buy it! And oh my, they have mini bars, too!

Their web site states “OCHO Candy was created to provide candy lovers with a delicious, organic alternative to traditional candy bars. We use the finest ingredients and hand craft our bars so that you can taste the difference in every bite.”

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Open-Faced Ginger Thin S’mores (or what I do when I’m bored)

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Here’s what I do when I have a few Hershey Kisses, Marshmallows and Trader Joe’s Ginger thins…put them together and make a delicious snack. (Please excuse the less than professional photos…)

1. Unwrap kiss (obvious, right?) and microwave for 5 seconds to soften a bit.

2. Cut the marshmallow in half, and roast over gas burner. I’m a bit impatient, and this causes a flare up as I put the marshmallow too close to the flame. But hey, I like that burnt taste and it smells good, too. (Note to self, clean the range top…)

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3. Place toasted marshmallow on Ginger this and immediately smoosh kiss on top.

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4. Enjoy!

5. Repeat…you do have another half a marshmallow after all…

See’s Candies, I heart you!

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A heart shaped Valentine’s box of chocolates is a cliche, I know. However, if you’re going to buy one, do it right.

See’s Candies makes a delicious assortment of fresh chocolates that will make most chocolate lovers swoon.

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I bought these for my Valentine, and it’s all that I can do not to dive right in!

Warm Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies on a Cold Night

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Mmmmm, soft and chewy and warm from the oven. These cookies have filled the house with their sweet smell and now are perfect with a glass of cold milk.

I had extra oatmeal left over from the baked oatmeal last week, so whipped up these by experimenting with different amounts of flour and sugar, plus only using a small amount of chocolate chips. I know that sounds odd, but too much chocolate overpowers the oatmeal. Look closely, you won’t see lots of chips. If you want chocolate chip cookies, make those… these are soft oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips. I assure you, they do not disappoint. Also, the cinnamon is hard to detect, but it adds a depth to the flavor. Next I might try these with butterscotch chips…

Oatmeal Milk Chocolate Chippers

YIELD: about 3 dozen 2” cookies  PREP: 25 minutes  COOK: 11 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1 large egg

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) softened

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (I used Ghiardelli)

DIRECTIONS:

Add together in the bowl of a stand mixer: egg, butter, sugars, vanilla, and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined for 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and beat on medium high for another minute.

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Combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt and chocolate chips in a small bowl.

Oatmeal dry ingredients

Add oat mixture to butter mix and beat until combined. Don’t over-beat.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and use a small cookie scoop to scoop and drop the dough 2” apart on the sheet. You can fir 12 scoops to a sheet.

Chill sheet for 10 minutes in the refrigerator.*

Bake at 350 for 11 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 2 minutes and move cookies to cooling rack.

Let cool and store in an airtight container.

*If you only want to make half a batch, wrap the rest of the dough on plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Any longer and it should be frozen.

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 Look closely and you’ll see the chips, just not too many…

Stonewall Kitchen’s Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar and Latte Mix

Stone Wall Kitchen Pumpkin BarIt’s the most pumpkin-y time of the year, and in case you haven’t overdosed on pumpkin spice everything,  this chocolate bar does not disappoint. I found it at a Stonewall kitchen store in Newburryport, MA.

The milk chocolate is smooth and the spice is pronounced and a nice compliment to the chocolate.

Stonewall Kitchen is known for all sorts of jams, sauces and mixes that make your kitchen smell as if you are a wonderful cook and baker.

In addition to the chocolate bar I was drawn to the Pumpkin Spice Latte mix. You mix it with warm milk for a delicious start to the day and I added a bit of extra coffee to lessen the sweetness. It makes quite a few cups and is on sale for about $10.50 which is the price of 2 large pumpkin spice lattes at the coffee store.

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Check out their website for more goodies. I love their packaging and foods. Who wouldn’t love to get a hostess gift of something from Stonewall? Hint, this means me.

 

A bookish Robbie Benson and a young Ralph Mouth discover Reese’s

Ah youth…enjoy…

Chatelaine Chocolate, Montana’s gift to you

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Bozeman, Montana is home to 2 great chocolatiers. La Châtelaine Chocolat Co. makes artfully crafted little gems filled with delectable flavors. According to their web site chatelainechocolate.com this company was started by a Frenchman (and his American wife) who created La Châtelaine after longing for the delectable chocolates from childhood. The two owners have trained in San Francisco and Paris. They also make pilgrimages to France each summer to expand their culinary repertoire. It sounds like they are living their dream, and we reap the delicious results…

I tried the tiramisu, and the blood orange. Each were tiny bites of perfectly balanced flavor and sweetness. The flavors which they make range from Cocoa Nib Caramel to King Bourbon. One of the fascinating combinations which they create is as follows: French Marigold which is White Chocolate Ganache infused with Fleur de Marigold Petals (really!) and Meyer Lemon covered in dark chocolate…whoa! Here’s another: Pain D’epices has in it Ginger, Cloves, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Anise and Honey in Dark Chocolate Ganache with Dried Orange.

It’s no wonder that these candies are fairly pricey, but one piece will satisfy you due to its full flavor and richness.

La Chatelaine Caramels

I bought a little box of caramels and rationed one out each day. They are gone now, but their sweet memory lives on…

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The box in which these come in is reminiscent of something from Paris. I would keep the box after all of the candy was gone. This would make a fantastic gift for the pickiest of candy connoisseurs.

I highly recommend that you visit their site to purchase these as a gift for your valentine. It will be a box of chocolate that will never be forgotten, and one that comes from Montana as well.