Xyrena Hellanut Fragrance

I saw this fragrance online and ordered it immediately.

This fragrance smells just like Nutella, a mixture of chocolate and hazelnut. I would say the hazelnut smell is stronger than the chocolate in this, and also WOW is the projection really far. One spray and my whole house smelled like Nutella. While this is not a bad thing, I would not wear this to work and inflict my choice of scent on my co-workers. Unless they annoy me, and then they are getting the Hellanut treatment!

The fragrance comes inside a cool old-style VHS package.

It’s a bit risque, but that’s because it’s made by drag queens in Los Angeles. You can see the Hellanut commercial here, but be careful. It’s not for children to watch.

Note: I ordered this fragrance and another one called Dark Ride (which smells just like the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland), and the order took a LONG time to fill, and there were complications. I waited six weeks after ordering and nothing was sent, so I emailed them. They sent them the next day (still no response, just a tracking number was emailed to me), but the package never arrived. I emailed them and got no response. I finally had to pull my credit card company and Amazon (I paid thru Amazon Pay) into the transaction, threatening cancellation and charge back, before they sent a replacement package, still with no response to me. All in all, it took over nine weeks to get these fragrances, so I question their customer service. Buyer beware.


Frango Dark Mint Chocolates

I bought a second box of Frango mints online. These were dark chocolate, like these, but also minty, like these. They were the best of both worlds! And they came in a polka dot box!


It turns out that these polka dots are just something they do for fun in the spring, and underneath the gift wrap was a regular box.


These truffles looked just like the dark ones, but they tasted a lot like the mint milk chocolate ones, only more chocolatey and paradoxically more creamy too. I think these Frango’s might be my favorite of them all!

Frango 62% Dark Chocolate

After enjoying the milk chocolate mint Frango’s, I discovered there are dark chocolate versions too. I ordered some, and this was the first one I tried, a dark chocolate with no mint.


Like the mint box, this box is stuffed with forty-six chocolate truffles. Look how dark they are!


I pulled one out for a close-up.


That looked soooooo good! And it tasted great! I like these as a nice chocolate snack, and I shared them with co-workers on a Friday afternoon, and over thirty were eaten in a very short time, so I think they liked them too. One of my co-workers, Chris J., kept saying how the milk mint ones were better, but I stopped believing him after he ate his fifth or sixth dark Frango.

But I bought a dark mint box too, so I can compare their taste. You know, for science!

Ghirardelli Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Robert ordered a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner from Gobble, an ingredient and recipe delivery service, and it was fantastic! I won’t go into detail about the crab and avocado bruschetta, the blood orange salad with candied walnuts, or the filet mignon with blue cheese butter, but I will describe the wonderful chocolate covered strawberries.


All of the ingredients for the chocolate covered strawberries were inside this box. And hey, look at that, they used Ghirardelli chocolate!


The strawberries were packed loosely and the chocolate was supposed to be inside a baggie, but some got loose. Don’t worry. They got eaten too.

Robert melted the chocolate and dipped the strawberries after we had dinner. They were amazing!


I would guess the chocolate was dark and around 60% cacao, plus or minus 5%. Very good for strawberry coverage, and very delicious too!

Thank you, Robert! You are the best Valentine ever!