Saturday, October 14, 2017

Little Bags of Brownie Brittle for Halloween

Box of Individual Brownie Brittles
Candy, Candy, Candy! Hey, Halloween is also here and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by candy choices. One thing we do in my household is also have non-candy treats for anyone allergic to chocolate (sad but it happens) and non-food treats for those with too many allergies. But what about a third option? Something non-candy yet still a food treat? That might appeal to older kids and adults accompanying trick or treaters. Earliest in the Halloween evening we get little kids but as the hours go by the ages increase. I know that ticks off some old coots who think it should only be kids in grade school but unless you demand a copy of a report card, who do you know how old someone at your door is? I hit puberty at age 9 but I was only in 4th grade! I would have been very sad if some grump had turned me away when I was trick or treating at 9 or 10 years old. Basically if you are wearing a costume, we will give you something at my house. No, I'm sharing our address, we do have a budget to consider, and we normally get 150-200 people every Halloween! Sheila G's Brownie Brittle sent us a big box of the three varieties of their snack sized treats in their Ultimate 30-Pack to show them as a possible Halloween Treat choice for our 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge; no other form of compensation was received in exchange for our honest review.

Brownie Brittle Individual Bags
These come in snack size 1 ounce packs and in three varieties -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel.  The packages are color coded so you can tell them apart though the brown and caramel color are a bit similar in a photo they are different when you see them in person.

The pieces themselves also look different as this photo shows -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel just as in the photo of the bags

Brownie Brittle Individual Bag Pieces Laid Side by Side

Would this Ultimate 30-Pack of Sheila G's Brownie Brittle meet a need or desire in your house this Halloween?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time is Running Out to Get Chocolate Walk Tickets

In one month, I, my hubby, and a handful of friends will be marching through Nashville, Indiana, hopping into stores and restaurants on the annual Chocolate Walk for the Brown County Humane Society.

To buy tickets visit this site. Remember, tickets are limited and prices go up on November 1st. Don't miss out on this because it has sold out prior to the event the last few years.

If helping animals and getting chocolate isn't enough of a reason for you., let's look at the "stops" on the walk. I'll put a * next to the 10 businesses that have been a part of the walk every year and a • next to new stops that were not listed in last year's guidebook. These are in the numerical order in which the stops will be listed in the booklet you'll get when you check in at the start on November 11, 2017.

Brown County Art Gallery
Touch of Silver, Gold, and Old
The Back Porch
•Nashville Spice Company
*Brown County Human Society
The Woodlands Gallery
•The Educated Otter
•Fables and Fairy Tales
*Nashville Candy Store
Artists Colony Inn
Kiss the Cook
Dawn's Nashville House of Jerky (if this is the same House of Jerky)
Wishful Thinking
Nashville General Store
Casa del Sol
*Bone Appetit Dog Bakery
*Nashville Fudge Kitchen
Brown County Visitors Center
Sweetea's Tea Shop
•Chocolate Moose
4th Sister Vintage
*Jack & Jill Nut Shop
Brown County Playhouse
*Hob Nob Corner Restaurant
The Wild Olive
*The Candy Emporium
•Gnaw Bone Bakery & Country Store
Brozinni's Pizzeria
*Common Ground Coffee Bar & Tea Shoppe
*Carmel Corn Cottage
Brown County Historical Society
Friends of the Brown County Public Library
Brown County IGA

If you have your tickets, leave us a comment and let us know. If we run into you, I might ask to take your photo.

If you aren't going, leave a comment and tell us why.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More UNREAL Halloween Treats

I was so excited! We chosen again by UnReal and Tryazon to host a second UnReal Halloween Party. I invited folks and then the day of, people starting saying that they were sick or worse just didn't change their status on the party page to "no" -- that's rude, folks. I don't do that to people when they invite me to their events. I may say "no" but at least you get a response from me. So now I'm not sure that Tryazon and UnReal will accept the party and all of the work I put into it -- decorating, getting other candy (uncompensated for) to try with it. Thank goodness I didn't feel the need to spend even more money to find two more products to compare. UnReal sent me the following products to try out and have guests try out -- dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate crispy quinoa gems, dark chocolate peanut gems, dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the Halloween box, and milk chocolate gems in a Halloween box. Other than the five free products, some stickers, coupons, and information sheets no other form of compensation was received in exchange for this article and hosting a party.

In terms of Halloween the two themed boxes had a day of the dead sort of look to them but that stopped at the box. The individual cups and candy bags didn't carry on the theme. Disappointing really. If you can't find these themed boxes in your local stores (I can't) you can find UNREAL Halloween Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cup case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 cups) or the UNREAL Halloween Non-GMO Milk Chocolate Gems - case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 packs)on

We had the milk chocolate gems last year so those don't count in the 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge so really it is the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups that are in the running. Here they are alongside the UnReal dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

The five adults I had for the tasting were willing to show you their favorites that turned out to be the ones you see above. Two people prefered the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the lime green wrapper from the Halloween themed box.

Three people prefered the basic dark chocolate peanut butter cups from the plain red pouch.

People prefer the UnReal gems to the other candy but the duller colors were a bit odd and the sugar candy coating more of the main flavor. Here's a photo of one pairing we did so you can see yourself.

It isn't UnReal's fault that the party didn't turn out as I hoped. This experience has turned me off from doing any more of these in the future. If I'm not paid for it and my friends are interested, I'm just wasting my time and my family's resources.

Luckily I had a travel to see some friends and I took them the gems to try out. They liked them.  Here one of them loved the scent of the dark chocolate peanut butter gems that she just breathed that in after opening the bag.

The crispy gems brought a smile to one of her boy's face after he tried them out. They put their coupons on their frig and told me "We're gonna be using these real soon."

UnReal still gets Sacramental Status as a candy option. Have you see it in your local stores? Would you get some to hand out to trick o'treaters or have at a Halloween party this year? Leave a comment and let me know, plase.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

More to Celebrate than Halloween in October

This year is The Chocolate Cult's 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge and we have a field of challengers for our Saturdays on the schedule. If you are a chocolate or candy maker, a baker, or goodie seller, we would be open to adding you in a mid-week position but you have to contact us fast! There are a lot of "holidays" in October that are not Halloween that you can celebrate with chocolate. Here are a few with links to previous articles we have written about them in the past 9 years.

October is the home for three, that's right, 3 month long "holidays" that are screaming for chocolate.

October is National Dessert Month!

Remember our testing of Kane Candy's Chocolate Dessert Cups? No? Here's just one of our articles plus a photo from another article featuring a different shape of chocolate cup from that same company.

October is National Cookie Month!

October is National Caramel Month!

I'm so sad that starting next week and for 1.5 to 2 years I won't be able to have caramel or anything else sticky while I deal with some misaligned teeth that are causing me headaches. I do have several assistants willing to "jump on the caramel" if some maker out there insists on sending us some.

October = first full week is National Mental Health Illness Week -- While chocolate, particularly darker and purer chocolate, can have a positive impact on our bodies it shouldn't be used as a substitute for therapy or medication.

October 1 = National Homemade Cookie Day -- What? I guess homemade cookies are different from just any cookie so I'll let this one pass in this month. Have you tried our last recipe for homemade cookies yet?

Berry Delicious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

October 7 = National Frappe Day

2ndWeek of October = National School Lunch Week -- Hey, my school lunches either in the cafeteria or what I packed were always better with a little chocoolate.

October 9, 1797 = Birthday of Philippe Suchard, founder of what was once the greatest chocolatier in Switzerland, creator of the Milka bar

October 10 = National Angel Food Cake Day; World Mental Health Day

October 14 = National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day -- Have never tried this, would never buy this, but if some maker out there wanted to send us samples, I'll try to be objective.

2nd Thursday = National Dessert Day -- Seriously? One day in an entire month celebrating desserts? Does that seem like overkill to anyone else? If you'd like to do something extra to celebrate that day but not add calories check out this card game we reviewed: Just Desserts

3rd Saturday in October = Sweetest Day -- Is it just me or is this like an off-season Valentine's Day attempt?

October 16 = World Food Day -- Go out and find a chocolatey product from another country. Better yet, try to find one from another continent.

October 17 = National Pasta Day -- Yes, there is chocolate pasta and you can use chocolate sauces or chocolate shavings to make a dessert pasta.

October 18 = National Chocolate Cupcake Day -- Some of the best cupcakes in my town come from Palette Cupcakes.

October 22 = National Nut Day -- Nuts + Chocolate = YUM!

October 28 = National Chocolate Day -- Two thoughts about celebrating this. #1 get some chocolate made in your own nation or #2 just eat chocolate!

October 30 = Buy a Donut Day -- Where is your favorite donut shop? A new place is opening not far from us so I may check it out this day and report back to you all. Would you like that?

October 31 is, of course, Halloween but it is also National Candy Apple Day

How are you planning to celebrate with Chocolate this month?

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