Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow, Ice and Chocolate!

We've got ice and snow in North Carolina and the capital city is shut down! Whoohoo! Of course, it's Saturday, so it's no big deal. Come Monday, we might have some issues.

In honor of the snow, we'll talk Snowflake Pretzels. My Sorbet Sistah Tracy said these were awesome, so when I saw them on sale at Crate and Barrel, that was a good enough excuse to buy them. And I love the cute tin they are in:

Here they are :

The tin says these are "wintry snowflake pretzels dipped in white confection and white nonpareils."

Now let's analyze that statement. I think all snowflakes are wintery (both spellings of wintry are okay BTW) so that's just hyperbole. (Not that I'm opposed to hyperbole in the least, mind you.) Where we run into trouble is white CONFECTION - i.e. - these don't involve anything remotely close to chocolate. Well at least they're honest. And nonpareils are just tiny sugar balls. Closely related to sprinkles.

Bottom line - these things are delicious!! Once you start eating them it's almost impossible to stop. Those lame pretzel M & Ms have nothing - I mean NOTHING on these. I hope I get invited to a Super Bowl Party so I can take these and save myself from them. A+++

Since we have more sleet right now than snow, let's talk ice. Or at least the candy equivalent of ice - mint.

Andes has a Valentine's Day offering:

It's the same old Andes mint, but I like the inner wrappers (although the outer package looks awful - I say go red or go pink, but not - what - mauve? Ugh.):

The best part is they did some different designs, not just slapping the same old mints in new wrappers:

I still am not a fan. I think these taste kinda like toothpaste.
These aren't chocolate, but they are my favorite peppermint:

Nice and chewy! LOVE these! And look at those adorable hearts:

All I have to do today to "get the sensation" is stick my head out a window, but just in case you'd prefer a more pleasant method:

Love the cute hearts on the wrappers:

And you know I'm thrilled with the heart shaped patties as well as the slightly pink mint filling. Go York! Same solid taste, but a nice holiday touch! YAY!!

Ah - love is in the air! Well, at least today, snow is in the air here in North Carolina. We don't get it much so it's something really nice to see. It's so quiet outside and it gives the landscape a gorgeous clean and pure look. We often take for granted the things we see all the time, but the unusual is easier to appreciate. I'm watching the birds hopping on the white background where I can really see their coloring. Just saw a cardinal - gorgeous!

If you're in the snow - take some time to enjoy it - and be thankful that you're warm. And try not to take the usual for granted. I mean, those white confection pretzels are unusual, but they will never replace Reese's. Ever. Not even if Raleigh and Hell DO freeze over.


Kris, in New England said...

Drove home from Boston to SouthEast CT in a driving snowstorm on Thursday night. Definitely wasn't appreciating it at the time -though it is pretty when you aren't actually in it.

Those pretzels sound lovely...mmmmm.

Denise Ryan said...

So glad you made it home safely!! Don't you feel like you have to take good care of yourself after going through all that with the hip? : ) I know I do.

Kris, in New England said...

Denise - actually the new hip was fine this time. In years past - notsomuch.

I take better care of myself now than I ever did before, that's for sure. I want this puppy to last me for a very long time.

After walking around Boston for 8 hours, I wondered how that long ride home would be. It was fine!

Denise Ryan said...

Kris - that's great!!!! You rock, bionic girl!!

Chocolate Corporate Gifts said...

I love the Brachs Valentine Nougats and also the dark chocolate covered with pink mint filling. The hearts in the wrapper was awesome, definitely a nice gift for Valentines.

Thank you for the post.

@Kris - it good to know that you arrived home safely.

Take care to both of you.(Kris & Denise)

Diane said...

I love your comparison of chocolate & snow. Unfortunately where I live we have way too many people who "think" they can drive in anything because "I got a 4x4" :P Keep up the Good Work!

Denise Ryan said...

Diane - I know what you mean!!! Be careful out there!!