Oh y’all, it has been far too long since I’ve done a Chocomania post. It’s not because I’ve given up chocolate. Oh no. To the contrary, even though I’m being careful about what I eat (healthy foods, smaller portions), chocolate is still very much a part of my daily diet, but a little different from before.
We’ve all heard that dark chocolate, eaten in moderation, is supposed to be good for your health. I have grabbed ahold of that fact and am clinging onto it with all my might. Here, let me show you something in the Jenworld pantry:
Those, my friends, are jars of different chocolates. There’s a great local grocery store here in my town that sells little ziploc bags of chocolates and candies for next to nothing. (Seriously local peeps, if you’re not shopping there, you should be: Excellent high quality foods for mostly great prices.) Yesterday, I stocked up on dark chocolate covered cherries, cashews, almonds, peanuts, raisins, coffee beans, and pretzels and now have them stored in the glass jars shown above. (I cut the labels off the bags and attached them to the jars with rubber bands so that no one mixes up the goodies.) The girls were DEE-lighted when they got home from school yesterday and both had a few dark chocolate covered pretzels after dinner last night.
These days, my absolute favorite after-dinner treat is a small amount — think 5 or 6 pieces — of some sort of dark-chocolate covered yumminess. The nuts/raisins/pretzels cut the dark chocolate a bit — it can be a bit too intense — plus, I am of the opinion that they actually make my dessert a little healthier. (Almonds are good for you, you know.) I’m not scarfing it down by the cup-full and a little bit goes a long way. Some mornings, I’ll even have one or two chocolate covered coffee beans if I’m feeling a bit daring.
The fabulous thing about these chocolate treats is that they’re not a splurge at all. Unlike many of the other chocolates I’ve talked about here, these yummies are quite inexpensive — $2-5/bag and those bags will last several weeks, even with three Jenworld females noshing on them nearly daily.
I don’t know if all bulk chocolates are this good. Probably not. But the point is that good chocolate does not have to be expensive or exclusive. The bulk aisle at your grocery store might just have some hidden gems in there.
What kinds of chocolate are you eating these days? What’s good? What’s crap? What should we all know about?