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Have you recovered from Christmas yet? Ready for New Year’s? I’ve had a pretty good holiday so far. Lots of eating, lots of visiting with family and friends, lots of sleeping. And I got some great food books too, which I’m looking forward to reading through.

Easter chocolate

Easter chocolates

Easter chocolates

My attempts at healthy eating completely failed this weekend. Not only did my meals consist of Mexican and Chinese food (more on that later this week), but I also indulged in some Easter chocolate. Specifically, chocolate from Kerstin’s Chocolate and their store The Cocoa Room.

This year Kerstin had an Easter egg hunt where if you found six eggs you would get a special basket full of chocolate. If you found three eggs, you had your choice of one Zotter chocolate bar. The eggs were scattered in various local stores that sells Kerstin’s line of Chocophilia chocolate bars. And they went quick. It was awfully frustrating to call or end up at places that had already given theirs away, and yet fun at the same time to go on a treasure hunt. Some of the places were just too far away to get to; I figured I might as well buy my own chocolate than waste gas driving out to some locations. It was an interesting cross-marketing idea though, and I actually ended up spending money at a couple of places while looking for the eggs (also more on that later in another post).

In the end, I ended up with three plastic eggs that I traded in for a Zotter bar. Zotter’s chocolate bars are Austrian organic and fair trade “hand scooped” bars that specialize in unique flavours like Bacon Bits (Kerstin told me those sold out very quickly) and Sour Cherries with Sesame. I chose Cheese – Walnut – Grapes, which Zotter describes as:

“A harmonious combination: Austrian mountain cheese, walnuts, grapes, almonds and a touch of balsamic apple vinegar, altogether dipped in dark alp milk chocolate.”

It was definitely interesting. The closest that I could think of as a description was eating a cheese and walnut plate with a side of wine (actually some Grappa that was one of the ingredients), accompanied by small pieces of chocolate – but with the experience all rolled into one bite instead of separate nibbles.

Cheese - Walnut - Grapes chocolate bar by Zotter

Cheese - Walnut - Grapes chocolate bar by Zotter

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My chocolate addiction

When asked about my favourite foods, I have a difficult time replying because there are so many good foods out there that I would miss if stranded on a deserted island. Cheese is probably one of the top ones on my list, but I would also have to include chocolate as well.

I was one of those kids who would eat anything with chocolate. Smarties, Coffee Crisps (even though I don’t like coffee), Kit Kats, Peanut Butter Cups, Mr. Big, Cadbury Fruit & Nut… the list could go on and on.

As I get older though, I find I don’t like the sickly sweet taste of cheap chocolates and increasingly lean towards darker chocolates and more sophisticated blends. Continue reading