Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chocolate Christmas Shopping

Tracy and I hit the stores on Saturday (I know - crazy, right?) and everyplace was pretty packed. Recession over? We're all just bored? Last minute panic? Who knows? But I was still looking for candy. (I mean, it ain't over till it's over!) And I found a few missing items I felt compelled to cover.

First there's another Christmas Whopper. This is just the regular old Whopper in a Christmas box. Not bad, not extraordinary - I like the Sno-balls better. And you know how I feel about the attempt to trick us by only changing the packaging. But this is pretty cute packaging and these would make a great stocking stuffer.

Where I really missed the sleigh was with peppermint. I don't really love peppermint and chocolate, but I can't escape it this time of year. First there's a new Bliss (at least new to me) and not specifically Christmas, but what the hell:

These were not my fav. In fact, I'm going to go so far as to say that I don't like these at all. There's some funky aftertaste. Toothpaste? Lighter fluid? Poison?

Tracy spotted these at Target, and they are pretty festive. Look how gorgeous:

There are four in the pack - and the best part? No Martha Stewart!!! Yay!!

They are really thin:

Wow! This is my favorite peppermint bark - love the thinness - making it not too chocolately and not too rich. Love the crunchy peppermint chunks on top and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how pretty it is! Also like the dark and white chocolate with the peppermint (rather than milk and white like Ghirardelli). And I almost didn't try it! Thanks, Tracy, for spotting it! Thanks, Dove, for making it! And thanks, Martha, for not ruining it with your lame advice.

And now I have some pics of my favorite peppermint/chocolate combo (other than the Dove bark -it's moved to the top spot for me!):

The Lindor truffle is just so amazingly smooth and creamy it's hard to beat. It has the best chocolate, but I really like those festive peppermint chunks on the Dove bark. I like the mix of textures and the Dove bark is just so damn pretty! If you see the Dove bark - get it - it's fantastic!!!

We also spotted these and I had to get them for my tree:

How great are those?? I love them! $1 at Target and they have candy in them. Now, don't get excited about the candy, this is all that in there:

That's pretty weak, huh? How about the TWO Tootsie Rolls? I mean, why even bother? But I really do like the ornaments - look for them in the stocking stuffer section of Target if you like them too.

I thought I'd leave you with some tips Martha might share:

Get to the stores early, they won't be as crowded.

Wear comfortable shoes while shopping so you don't get crabby.

Consider taking endless hours to make gifts by hand. Your time isn't worth nearly as much as mine, so you might as well waste it.

Don't scream obscenities or make rude hand gestures in the parking lot. Some of the women I met in prison have been released.

And finally,

If you are allergic to any foods, don't eat them.

Happy Shopping!!!!


diane said...

Ah-ha. I can help you beat Martha with this... buy those ornaments & then you fill them up with candy. Still festive, but a much better gift for those of us with a sweet tooth! ;)

Kris, in New England said...

Malted milk balls - have you ever had a British product called Malteasers?

OMG - they are awesome. Hard to find around here but if you can give them a try.

Denise Ryan said...

Diane - great tip! you and I are SO beating Martha!! Thanks so much for meeting us at the Grove Park!! I LOVED the peanut butter/butterscotch rice krispy treat - yum!! And the t-shirt is awesome!! You are the best!!!!!!

Denise Ryan said...

Kris - thanks for the tip!! I think I've seen them in World Market - I'll make sure I snag some next I get there. I hope your holidays are fab, by the way!!!

Kris, in New England said...

Denise - I know your holidays will be fab as you move into the pain-free world.

Mine have been and will be awesome as well. One year ago today I was told I needed a hip replacement. I still remember how that felt and how terrified I was.

And now? I'm a free woman, free from pain and moving about my life with joy and ease.

It's all good!

Denise Ryan said...

Kris - it's great to hear from the other side! It definitely gets better every day!! Thanks for being there!!!