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À la carte – Humbolt Chocolate – Dark with Caramel

Posted in A la carte, Candy

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review.

Normally I tend to stick to things that are somewhat readily available to most readers in the USA (because that’s where I am based) but last night while at Safeway grabbing a few odds and ends for dinner, I noticed this small display of (somewhat) local chocolate. I of course was instantly drawn to the dark chocolate because that is my favorite and decided to grab two bars, the dark with caramel and the salted almond. Did I ever tell you guys my New Years Eve dark chocolate story?

My Mom and I are both dark chocolate lovers and to celebrate New Years we decide to grab a bar of dark chocolate. We, without thinking grabbed a bar of 90% cacao because what could go wrong? It was our favorite chocolate! Flash forward a few hours and as the ball dropped we counted down, both broke off a small piece, popped it in our mouths and gave each other the tiniest peck at midnight… then promptly made a mad dash for the trashcan to spit out the chocolate. How did we not anticipate how BITTER that chocolate would be?! To add insult to injury, I had braces at the time, and all of that bittery chocolately goodness was totally trapped in its metal cage to my teeth. Hilarious moment, but totally gross.

ANYWAYS.

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This chocolate bar was okay. I was expecting something a little more exciting? While the chocolate was a good balance of sweet and bitter (the caramel helped with this too) it felt like the chocolate, once you started chewing it, just wouldn’t come together? If that makes any sense? It felt dry without actually being old or dried out. My Mom ate the salted almond one and agreed that she had the same problem with her bar. The caramel was buttery and sweet, which I could have eaten a lot more of, but at 3 dollars a bar, I would most likely not buy this again.

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Found at Safeway on sale 2/$6.00

April 15, 2017
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À la carte – Bundle Box – Popcorn Chicken Dipper

Posted in A la carte, Snack Box

À la carte is a small little weekend feature that I am going to be adding to my site for items that I don’t feel warrant a full review. First up, Bundle Box – Popcorn Chicken Dipper. It’s no secret that I have the culinary palette that would rival most 6 year olds, so when I saw these at Safeway on sale, not only did it speak the kid food portion of my brain, the lazy portion of my brain, but the nostalgia portion of my brain. Think product of the 90’s lunchable child, that’s me. What’s the worst that could happen?

Well this was a moment where I gave the food a little more credit than I should have, totally based on the picture on the outside of the box. Imagine my surprise when I poured out the contents to this unappealing array of items. What was I expecting? Not really sure, but not really this.

The chicken breading had a good flavor, but the chicken itself was BEYOND DRY. If you decide to give this a go, BYOB(everage). WOW. The ketchup was… ketchup. And the cookies tasted like the generic chocolate chip cookies that you would find in a vending machine. Over all, if I had to choose between this and a Lunchable? Move over Bundle Box, Lunchable just (chicken) dunked on you.

Found at Safeway, on sale for $3.00

April 8, 2017
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