Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa

I got this in my Christmas stocking!


Inside was a hot cocoa packet.


I heated up a cup of whole milk and added the packet.


This was delicious! Very deep chocolate flavor and not too sweet, it was the perfect cup of cocoa.

Thanks Santa!


Pepper Palace Chocolate Habanero Hot Sauce

My co-worker Cathy N. gave me this chocolate hot sauce to try, presumably because she is trying to kill me.


I have a very low tolerance for heat, so I waited a while before trying this. Finally, over Christmas break, I put a little bit on a tortilla chip and tried it.


This thing is spicy! Yes, there is a chocolate flavor and an even more pronounced pepper flavor, but my mouth was overwhelmed with the heat. It was so much that I started hiccuping, which happens sometimes when I eat really hot spicy food. I am not sure if I will eat more of this, but I plan to bring it to a chocolate eating meeting (with chips) for everyone to try.

Thanks Cathy!

Chocolate Habanero Plant

My co-worker Cathy N. brought me this plant to grow, a chocolate habanero plant!


At 500,000 SHU (Scoville Heat Units), this pepper will be so hot that I am not sure I will be able to eat it. That is a crazy heat level, past anything I have ever tried. I don’t have much of a spice tolerance, so I am a little afraid of this thing.

Despite my reservations, I started growing it, and after a couple of weeks, I am already seeing tiny shoots.


I will post an update when the plant is bearing fruit.

Thanks Cathy!

Chocolatier Blue

My sister-in-law Jennifer gave me these chocolates from Christmas.


The cover was intriguing, but look at these chocolates!


These truffles were beautiful. Seriously, look at them close up.


They looked like gems and stones and other precious things. I wouldn’t have known where to begin, but fortunately there was a guide.


And the guide continued on the back.


I started with the dark chocolate one (of course), but the coffee one was amazing, as was the poached pear. Actually, they were all wonderful, but those three were sublime in their deliciousness. The flavors were so intense! I would liked to have saved some for my chocolate eating meetings, but between Robert and I eating some on Christmas Day and the day after, and me finishing them up later, there were none left.

Thanks Jennifer!

Harmons Peanut Cluster Chocolate

These were another chocolate snack that Jennifer had put out for Christmas.


These were really good too! I love chocolate and peanuts, and sure, the darker the chocolate the better, but these were still quite yummy. The chocolate was pretty good quality, and there were a lot of peanuts in each bite-sized cluster. I am totally digging on this Harmon’s grocery store!

Thanks Jennifer!

Harmons Chocolate Cinnamon Bears

My sister-in-law Jennifer bought this chocolates at a Harmon’s grocery store in Salt Lake City and shared them with Robert and I when we visited for Christmas.


These were surprisingly good! Yes, they were milk chocolate (my guess is about 20% cacao) but the cinnamon bears inside were soft and very cinnamony, and that taste went well with the chocolate. I’d try these again!

Thanks Jennifer!

Private Selection 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar

My co-worker Charlie S. generously donated another chocolate bar to a chocolate eating meeting.


This bar was very good, much better than I expected a Ralph’s grocery store brand to be. It tasted like hot chocolate, if hot chocolate could be distilled down into a bar. Very yummy, very chocolately. Given the holidays were upon us, not many co-workers were present, so people helped themselves to seconds and thirds, and everyone liked this bar.

Thanks Charlie!