Snickers v. Baby Ruth v. 3 Musketeers

Although I’m a big chocolate fan, I’m not really a big chocolate candy bar eater. In particular, I don’t really enjoy the nutty chocolate bars. A few years ago, my husband and I bought Halloween bags of Snickers, Baby Ruth, and 3 Musketeers just to taste test them against each other. It’s been a while and I can’t even remember what we decided. So I decided to steal some of the kids’ Halloween candy and give it a shot again.

Snickers: This is the one that I always think about when I think about nuts in a candy bar. It contains peanut butter nougat, which I don’t particularly enjoy. I do, however, like the peanuts and the caramel.

3 Musketeers: The filling in the middle of the 3 Musketeers is a fluffy, light chocolate. So it’s essentially chocolate on top of chocolate. What’s not to like about that? It’s very sweet for its little size. I think this is a candy bar that I could eat a lot more of. Why did I think that it had nuts?

Baby Ruth: This is a complex candy bar with a lot going on–chocolate covered peanuts, caramel, and nougat. I had to eat more of this one than the others to even figure out of I liked it or not. It’s very sweet. And I like the nougat better than in the Snickers. But I don’t think I like the peanuts as much.

In the end, I decided that while I like them all, I’m still not going to start eating any of them on a regular basis. Candy bars are just not my first choice in chocolate. Keep in mind that my findings are based only on the “fun size” of each of these candy bars. Much more than that and I would be sick to my stomach!

Fall Means S’mores

Nothing says fall to me like s’mores. Give me a lightly toasted marshmallow, bar of chocolate, and crunchy graham cracker and I am in heaven. According to Wikipedia, the first recorded s’more recipe was the Girlscout Handbook of 1927. Not much is known about the origin of the name “s’more,” but who really cares? They are one of the yummiest treats on the planet, especially when the chocolate melts just right….

If you are a fan of the s’mores as I am and would like to enjoy some variations (besides just making them in the microwave or on a baking sheet in the oven), I have two for you. The first is S’more Pudding. We just made this up at our house. Take the cook and serve chocolate pudding (sugar free for us) and pour it into the bowl while warm. Top it with a handful of mini-marshmallows and crushed up graham crackers. My girls love this! If I want a lower calorie treat that is similar, I substitute sugar free Cool Whip for the marshmallows.

My other favorite s’mores treat is the S’more Brownie. You’ll find lots of different recipes for these online, but they are essentially just cooking up a pan of brownies and topping them with a mixture of mini-marshmallows and graham crackers during the last few minutes of baking. You can then drizzle them with a little chocolate syrup at the very end. I originally saw these as a Weight Watchers recipe where you use the low fat brownie mix, low fat graham crackers, marshmallows, and sugar free chocolate syrup.

We’ve got another few good weeks of s’mores weather here in the midwest. I will certainly be eating my fill!

Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn

I’m always skeptical when I see chocolate and it isn’t expensive. (I’ve mentioned before that I am a bit of a chocolate snob). So I had low expectations for the Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn from The Popcorn Factory. I figured the popcorn would be fine (because that’s their specialty) but that the chocolate would taste cheap. I could not have been more wrong!

I had ordered a variety pack of different types of popcorn, candies, and cookies. As soon as I opened the tin, I headed straight for the chocolate. I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t even share with my kids. I actually ate the entire bag of it before anyone else even knew I had it! I seriously thought about ordering more immediately so that I could have it by the next weekend. The contrast of the chocolate and the popcorn made it an addictive combination that I couldn’t manage to put down.

What I love about The Popcorn Factory is that you can find an assortment for any occasion. You can order plain old bags when it is just for snacking. Or you can order tins and baskets for any holiday. Their shipping is fast and reasonable. Whether you are looking for a treat for your family or a gift for friends, you should absolutely give the Chocolate Drizzled Caramel Corn a chance.

Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding Snacks from JELL-O

I’m always looking for ways to satisfy my chocolate sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. Today I saw JELL-O Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding Snacks. At 60 calories and only 1.5g of fat, I knew that I had to try it.

The pudding snacks come 6 to a package and must stay refridgerated. Although I often eat my pudding with a dollop of fat free Cool Whip, I decided to eat the dark chocolate pudding straight so that I could appreciate the flavor. Good choice! The pudding was creamy and thick–perfect for someone who craves chocolate after almost every meal. Although I can’t say that it was much different than their regular sugar free chocolate pudding, it definitely seemed a little darker, a little less sweet.

If you are watching your sugar intake or your waistline but still love chocolate, you should definitely check out the newest sugar free treats from JELL-O. You can indulge every day and not feel the least bit guilty.

P.S. The Dark Chocolate Raspberry was as delicious as the Dark Chocolate!

Lucy in the Chocolate Factory

It’s hard to think about chocolate without thinking of the classic I Love Lucy episode “Job Switching.” Although it was filmed in 1952, it still stands out as one of the all-time best known chocolate scenes.

In this clip, Lucy and her best friend, Ethel, are trying not to lose their jobs in a chocolate factory. It seems easy enough at first to wrap the chocolates as they come across the conveyor belt. However, the chocolate gets the best of them!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine sitting next to a chocolate conveyor belt and NOT eating the chocolate. However, I have a feeling after watching as much chocolate come across as Lucy and Ethel did, they didn’t want to eat chocolate for a LONG time!