When the nice folks over at Jer’s offered to send me some chocolates, I said no thank you, I don’t like chocolate.
Actually, are you kidding me? I LOVE chocolate, I don’t really trust those that don’t like chocolate – obviously, there is something wrong there. Then, when you combine chocolate with peanut butter, it’s an even greater flavor explosion! Of course I said yes! What I love about these chocolates is that all the ingredients are easy to understand and I know what I’m putting into my body. That’s difficult (or impossible?) to find in the larger, mass-produced chocolates. There’s none of the yucky stuff that bothers me the most…hydrogenated oils.
The day I received my chocolates in the mail, I tore open the box (literally) and took my first bite of an Incrediball, crispy peanut butter filled chocolate. Oops- it was frozen, so I’m not sure about you, but I prefer my chocolate room temperature in the summer, so the 25 degree day sort of rained, er…snowed on my parade. Then I had to practice some patience so that I could properly taste them. A good while later, I tried them all one bite at a time. The balls were surprisingly light and airy. I believe I tried two Incrediballs, one milk chocolate and the other white chocolate – the third was the Cara Mella, which of course added some caramel to the center with the peanut butter. These were my absolute favorite! Yummy ! Of course, this pregnancy has me craving chewy or nougat based centers with my chocolates, so normally, I’m not sure if this would have been my favorite. As it is right now; I wish I had a bunch more of those!
I also received a few different flavors of peanut brittle bites, which really tastes like toffee. It’s not the light, traditional crunchy peanut brittle with the obvious peanut wholes and halves inside – it’s packed hard and has a nice crunchiness set-off by a chewiness like a toffee. Toffee is my husband’s absolute favorite – and trust me, this is good toffee! I’ve bought him some expensive toffees before that really were too hard and burnt, but these were just right! There are four flavors, coconut with dark chocolate, pretzel bites with milk chocolate, toffee with dark, and cayenne with milk. Normally, I’d be excited to try the cayenne sine sometimes it’s fun to have a little heat in your chocolate, but my pregnant self can’t get me to try them just yet… The coconut flavor is dusted with the coconut on the outside (you can see it in the picture), which lends a nice, mild coconut flavor to the candy. The pretzel ones have a hint of saltiness which rounds out the sweet chocolate nicely, and the toffee ones taste just like they say! I keep finding myself popping the coconut ones.
And to those of you checking in for a pregnancy update, I’m feeling even better but as usual, certain foods sound far better than others. Right now, I’m really wanting fried or baked “fried” fish. Also, I even really feel like sardines. I love sardines but whenever I think about them my husband is around and out of politeness, I wait for him to not be here since he doesn’t like the smell when I open up the can! But when he’s gone I forget:( Another thing that keeps sounding fantastic is fried eggs- I really want one on top of some pasta for some reason. Then, there’s the chewy chocolate – I’d like more chocolate with a chewy center but I ate it all! And still, I really haven’t been cooking much – though we’ve had some work events and things at night over dinner that have prevented it. On top of that, my little boy has been sick and really doesn’t want to eat much but cheese crackers. They must feel good on his tummy. I wish I could force-feed him some better foods but I know he’ll get better and eat normally again!
And a little announcement: there is a GIVEAWAY coming up real soon, stay tuned:)
Disclaimer: I received free product from Jer’s