Review of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

I was walking through the snack aisle at SuperTarget looking for some trail mix to throw in my suitcase for an upcoming trip. I happened to see a box of Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds. I vaguely remembered Hungry Girl mentioning them. Because they were in 100 calorie packs, I figured that I would buy a box (of 7) and give them a try.

Curiosity got the best of me before I even left for my trip. The call of “Dark Chocolate Flavor” was too much for this chocoholic. I opened the package not knowing what to expect (except that it seemed a little small for 100 calories).

Inside were about a handful of perfectly roasted almonds with just a touch of cocoa flavor. It was a little sweeter than if they had been rolled in plain cocoa, but not too much. Definitely not a “milk chocolate” taste. The package reads that it is 100 calories and 8 grams of fat. I guess that it to be expected from a dry roasted nut like an almond. I don’t think that the cocoa added much to that.

If I were looking for a real chocolate fix, I don’t think that this would do it for me. As it was, I was looking for a healthy snack (and with 2 grams of fiber, I think it was) with a little chocolate kick. I will definitely be throwing these in my carry-on for trip this weekend. And a couple to share because I have a feeling my travel companions will be curious about them as well.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Fake or Real?

As we get closer to Valentine’s Day, many of us start thinking about chocolate covered strawberries. Because it can be hard to find them locally, I usually end up ordering mine online. However, I recently discovered that not all chocolate covered strawberries are the same. In fact, some of them are actually fake chocolate!

I’m not going to go into specific brands, but I think this is important information for those of you who might be ordering chocolate covered strawberries online. The last time that you shopped online for chocolate covered strawberries, what was the actual description of the product advertised. Did it include the word “chocolate” in the ingredients? I’ve recently found out that many of them do not. Many say things like “hand dipped strawberries” or “covered strawberries.” Chocolate isn’t mentioned when you look closely. Why is that? Because those companies are not using real chocolate and the FDA won’t allow them to say “chocolate covered” unless they truly are.

I talked to the owner of to get educated about the differences. Apparently most companies use a candy coating rather than chocolate on their strawberries. In order to be advertised as “chocolate,” the coating must contain cocoa butter…and a lot of cheaper coatings do not. Instead, they use vegetable oil as a cheaper filler.

So if you are looking for chocolate covered strawberries this Valentine’s Day, educate yourself and make sure that you are getting what you pay for. Read descriptions of products called “hand dipped strawberries” carefully and check out their ingredients. Find sites like that actually sell real chocolate covered strawberries so that you or your recipient will not be disappointed.

Pair Chocolate with Rosa Regale Brachetto this Valentine’s Day

Looking for a terrific Valentine’s Day gift for a chocolate lover? Rosa Regale and chocolate would be at the top of my list! Rosa Regale is probably my favorite wine, and nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like chocolate covered fruit. has a set that sells for only $29.99 and includes Godiva Chocoiste Dark Chocolate Raspberries and Almonds. 

 Rosa Regale Brachetto & Godiva Chocolate Covered Fruit – Wine Collection Gift

What makes this combination especially perfect for Valentine’s Day is that the wine is sparkling but not traditional champagne. It pairs beautifully with chocolate, especially dark chocolate. The wine has a slight raspberry flavor that would also go well with fresh chocolate covered strawberries.

I first tasted Rosa Regale on a Disney Cruise at Palo and they brought it to us with little pieces of dark chocolate. It was heavenly! I’ve seen it priced everywhere from $15 to $40. Read more about it at

 Banfi 2007 Rosa Regale Brachetto – Champagne & Sparkling

Chocolate Martini Recipes

Chocolate is everywhere during the holidays, even in the drinks. I’m a sucker for a good chocolate martini and have been trying out a number of different recipes to find just the right one for the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites. If you have a favorite of your own, leave a comment to share it with everyone else!

Godiva Chocolate Martini (the classic)
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka

Godiva Cranberry Martini
1 oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Smirnoff Vodka
1/2 oz. cranberry juice

Mint Patty martini (from
3 ounces of freezing Absolut Pepar vodka
2 ounces of White Creme de Menthe
1 tablespoon of Peppermint Schnapps
1 ounce of Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 Starlight mint
2 freezing martini glasses

Add your vodka, Creme de Menthe, and Starlight mint to a cocktail shaker 1/2 full of ice and let the shaker stand for a minute.
Give ten good shakes, and add your Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and give another fifteen shakes.
Strain your cocktail into the martini glasses.
Top each glass with half of the Peppermint Schnapps.

Need a little more help? Check out this chocolate martini video for some hands-on advice.


Mrs. Prindables Apples from QVC

Mrs. Prindables Apples from QVC with chocolate and candy

Mrs. Prindables QVC Apples

Mrs. Prindable’s 24 Treat Size Holiday Apples
Price: $31.14

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Savor the sweet flavors of fall with this selection of treat-sized gourmet apples. Dipped in caramel, each is rolled in tasty holiday sprinkles, then individually packaged in holiday wrapping. Perfect for favors at your next mixer! From Mrs. Prindable’s.

I’ve been a big fan of Mrs. Prindables for some time and had no idea that you could get such great deals on Mrs. Prindables products on QVC. Check out this Christmas gift idea–24 treat sized apples for only 31.14. This would be perfect for making up small baskets or bags to give to friends, teachers, and family. These particular apples are dipped in caramel and then rolled in holiday sprinkles.

While you are at QVC, check out the other 30+ Mrs. Prindables products they have. Some of them are not even available on the Mrs. Prindables website itself. I am partial to the dark chocolate but wouldn’t turn up my nose to any of them.

Edited: The holiday pack has sold out at QVC, but they have some other great packs on sale!

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