Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook recently had cause to ask, is everything better doused in chocolate? Though the immediate answer seems to be “yes,” the great Peeps microwaving experiment was more of a resounding “no.” But what about potato chips?
Experience with Ben and Jerry’s Late Night Snack indicates that salt and chocolate go well, and that potato is not off-putting. But unvarnished by ice cream?
I digress, here are the chocolate-covered reviewees:
1. Milk Chocolate Potato Chips. Like most potato chips, not only is it hard to eat just one, it’s better when you eat more of these. I don’t think that is because they are super delicious, but more somehow tastes better. I know, I tried it both ways. I give these a B. Interesting, but you can’t dance to it.
2. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Egg. I had high hopes, because of my unblushing love for Trader Joe’s Valencia Peanut Butter. However, the chocolate shell is crunchy, unlike the gold standard, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. The crunch is not pleasant. My fellow tasters agreed, not worth the caloric holiday spend compared to the yellow-wrappered seductress.
3. Dark Chocolate Almonds with Turbinado Sugar and Sea Salt (WINNER!). The beauty of this snack, beyond the mouthfeel, flavor balance, and general unicorns and sunshine goodness, is it is practically a health food. Almonds, hello. But they are also so rich, that you can eat way less than a serving and feel complete and whole. Run, don’t walk on this one.
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