Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chocolate By the Sea

"And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat!
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark.
And on a train.
And in a car.
And in a tree!

They are so good - so good you see!

So, I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house. 
And I will eat them with a mouse. 

And I will eat them here and there!
I will eat them ANYWHERE!"

- Dr. Seuss

Athough it can't be directly proven, Dr. Seuss was inspired to wrote this poem after his first bite of Guylian Chocolates. He ultimately decided to insert 'Green Eggs and Ham' to make the poem more acceptable and appealing to children...

...but everyone who knows, knows that this poem is, and always was, about Chocolate.

Guylian Chocolate

Artisanal Belgian Chocolates
When Corrinne invited me to review Guylian Belgian Chocolates, I salivated at the opportunity. The word Chocolate, and all it denotes is a deal maker. It is a pronoun, a power word, an action figure. When you say "Chocolate", I say "how high".

I keep Chocolate in bulk: Peters, Callebaut, Guittard, Ghiradelli, and Milk, Dark and White. In fact, one entire shelf in my pantry is dedicated to Chocolate. 10 pound bricks of Chocolate, Chocolate chips, melting Chocolate, liquid Chocolate, and yes even Hershey's Chocolate for summer campfires. 

Needless to say, I know Chocolate; Guylian Chocolate's do not disappoint.

Guylian Chocolates are decadent seashell shaped chocolates with each shell composed of the perfect blend of marbled dark, milk and white chocolate. I'm not ashamed to admit that I ate the entire package that was sent to me in under two days. I savored each delicious mouthful and hardly shared with my husband - I couldn't get enough.

I recommend consuming these chocolates everyday in large quantities.

And now... you can win Guylian Chocolates of your very own! 
This giveaway includes:
A Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolate Box comprised of 22 delicious chocolates.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog 
indicating why you would like to win. 
Deadline to enter is Friday, October 28, 2011 at midnight. 
Winner notified by email - so make sure I can reach you.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Halloween is nearly upon us. I don't know about you, but we haven't decided on our costumes yet! Scratch that, we had, but couldn't find costumes small enough for the little ones in our family... so it's back to the drawing board with only a week left on the calendar!

Good thing the treats are already planned and taken care of. We'll be headed to the Tracy Aviary's Halloween Hoot and other festivities around our neighborhood. The goblins who stop by our house will get rewarded with full size candy bars!

Two years ago I shared with you my techniques for dipping caramel apples. Caramel apples are irresistible on their own, but delightfully creepy when decorated with a sprawling spider web. This recipe is simple and easy with a great payout for your efforts!

Spider Web Caramel Apples
Make caramel as directed in your favorite recipe - or melt handy store bought caramels!
Insert 12" wooden dowels into apples and wipe bottom of apples clean and dry
Dip apples into caramel and shake access off before transferring to greased foil
Allow caramel to set completely (2+ hours)
Melt chocolate and drizzle completely over apple
Shake off access chocolate allowing it to drip down sides of apple
When chocolate is nearly dry and tacky melt second batch of chocolate
Pour into piping bag with a very small hole cut out
Pipe 3-4 horizontal circles around the apple starting at the top 
With a toothpick draw vertical lines down the sides of your apple and through the chocolate starting at the top and moving downward, until you have covered the circumference of the apple (10-12 lines)
Apply sprinkles if desired, and allow to set and dry overnight
Package as fitting - I prefer a 7x10" clear plastic bag
Add two ring spiders to the ribbon to complete the look if desired 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sugarhouse Art Market

Boutique Location:
Sugarhouse Garden Center in Sugarhouse Park
1602 E. 2100 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84663

Boutique Hours:
Friday: October 7th, 11am-6pm
Saturday: October 8th, 10am - 5pm

For sale:
The Original Traditional Vanilla Pecan Logs
Small and Large
Chocolate Pecan Logs
Small and Large
Pumpkin Pecan Logs with Cinnamon Caramel
Small and Large

Candy Turtles

Spider Web Caramel Apples

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