It’s Chocolate Week! In the UK.  I’m not in the UK and have never been to the UK and maybe never will have a chance to visit the UK.  But that’s ok. I have assured myself it can still be Chocolate Week.  Not only that, but I’m sure it’s fine if you pretend it’s Chocolate Week too. Even if you’re not in the UK either.

Speaking of chocolate and weeks, there’s been a lot of chocolate happenings going on at my house in the past few weeks.

#1.  There was that Saturday I made Oreo Truffles, Mint Thins, AND Smores Bark… all in one day.

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Yeah.  That was pretty epic.

#2. Ever heard of Funny-Faced Fudge?  I hadn’t either.  It started out as rather normal looking fudge that was placed in the fridge to set up. (Back story: The idea was that if some semi-waxy milk chocolate the boys weren’t eating (or at least they weren’t eating as fast as they normally eat milk chocolate) was melted together with a particularly strong brand of sweetened condensed milk that it might turn into a decent fudge.  Let’s just say it was edible and leave it at that.)  When the pan was retrieved hours later, we were amused to find somebody had scratched a funny face into the top. Sorry, no pictures.  It was evening and my no-natural-lighting picture-taking capabilities are shaky at best.

(I’m sure my brother just snorted when he read this.  Fine.  My no-natural-lighting picture taking capabilities are non-existent.)

#3. Then there was the day I asked for suggestions for photo props for Toblerone, after being a little at a loss as to what to pair with the bright yellow wrapper (to make the photo a little more interesting).   I was thinking along the lines of a mug or a mat, but hours later I was presented with something rather elaborate and certainly unexpected:

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Speaking of Toblerone: I just tried crunchy almond.  Must. Refrain. From. Getting. That. TOO. Often.

#4. Is it December yet?  No, I’m not asking ’cause my birthday is in December.  I’m asking ’cause it will be cooler then.  Cooler weather is chocolate shipping weather!  Only I am having the HARDEST time deciding which brands – out of all the amazing ones out there – will make the cut.  (Two words:  Limited budget!) Anybody want to help me make up my mind? AmedieCacao SampakaWoodblock?

#5. Another Franceschi bar followed me home yesterday.  (For the record, I let it.  They’re so photogenic.  And delicate.  And delicious.)  And a few weeks ago I received the Sur de Lago bar as a surprise out-of-the-blue just-because gift.  You would think I’m affiliated because I post pictures of them on Instagram so much.  (I’m not.)  In case you missed some of them, let me show you:

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That’s all for today.  Likely coming soon: My go-to favorite two-ingredient chocolate treat.  Or a taste review of the reigning international chocolate award winner in the plain white chocolate category. For four years in a row. Or is it five now?!Save

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