Instead of telling you all about a specific chocolate bar this time, I thought I’d mention a few chocolate-related products I’ve tried that contain chocolate or cacao, or at least products related to cacao…  (Husks count, right?)

Friends gifted me with my first taste of mint chocolate Smashmallows.
“Maybe you can put them on your website.”
So, naturally, you’d think that the Smashmallows in this photo were the ones they gave me.
Uh, no. Those disappeared too fast.

(They were THERE.  And then somehow they got OPENED.  And then all of a sudden they were GONE.)

This necessitated a replacement bag, to actually take photos of this time.
One can never have too many marshmallows.
Correction: Smashmallows.

And apparently one can never go wrong making hot chocolate in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

There will still be takers.

Smashmallows Mint Chocolate Chip Marshmallows Still Life Photo


Mint chocolate Smashmallows are yum and and have you SEEN some of the flavors? Cinnamon churro, coconut pineapple, cookie dough!!  (The toasted vanilla would probably make pretty awesome rice crispy treats. Just saying.)


Arte Sano Cacao Pod Soap

This was a bar of soap I purchased locally, because cacao husks sounding intriguing as an exfoliant.

It turns out the husks were more effective at alarming me into thinking there were bugs in my bathwater than actually helping scrub my skin, but that was my fault for being paranoid.  (This soap does not contain any bugs.  It just so happens that husks look like bugs to anyone who is blind as a bat without their glasses on.  #me)

Burts Bees Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Moisturizing Lip Balm

While I am generally a fan of Burt’s Bees products, and this lip balm DID keep my lips moisturized, I can’t say that it smelled particularly of chocolate OR blueberry.  I’ve had better success with the classic Burts Bees peppermint lip balm (THAT smells like peppermint and works great).

I was getting ready to tell you about Thanksgiving.   (All the way back in November.  Although it’s the middle of December.  Apparently it’s taken me that long to recover.)

But first, in honor of Chocolate Covered Anything Day, I made this little collage of, well, chocolate covered everything:

Nontraditional Thanksgiving Foods & Chocolate Covered Everything

All pictures are my own.  All opinions are also my own:

Chocolate Covered Bacon:  Fun for something different.
Chocolate Covered Oreos:  Yes.  Oh yes.  Just don’t try this at home.  You might eat too many oreos.  (I didn’t, but I can see how it could happen quite easily!)
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips:  This tasted about the same as the bacon, just not as chewy.
Chocolate Covered Coconut:  Delicious.
Chocolate Covered Celery:  Nope.  Don’t do it.  (I knew it wouldn’t like it.  I did it for the picture, not because I thought it would be incredibly tasty or the next big craze.)
Chocolate Covered Apples:  Also Delicious
Chocolate Covered Pineapple: Very Delicious

Now back to Thanksgiving….

…which usually brings to mind foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and that stuff that some people cook in the turkey (and some people don’t) that some people call stuffing and some people call dressing.  My family was confusing the issue by calling it both.  Next year we should combine the two and call it “stressing”.  🙂