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Get your chocolate fix

By Amanda Ponzar

John kelly bites My boss says she can visualize me as that kid that tumbles into the chocolate river in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Yes, I have two chocolate drawers (public and private). I’ve been known to attend meetings with chocolate smears on my clothing. I’ve found chocolate chips mashed on my desk chair. And candy wrappers litter the floor around my trash can. 

So, I figured, why not share what I consider the best ways to get that chocolate fix?  

  • Starbucks Java Chip frappachino (or double chocolate chip if you don’t want caffeine)Frappachino
  • Starbucks chocolate chip cookie
  • John Kelly chocolate truffle fudge bites 
  • Zettie’s Confections’ double chocolate browneez
  • Godiva truffles (prefer chocolate covered chocolate; forget the fruity, nutty, gooey fillings)
  • Ghirardelli 60% cacao chocolate baking chips and dark chocolate brownie mix
  • Dove, Hershey Bliss or Hershey symphony (creamier)
  • Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Trader Joe’s chocolate whoopee pies  
  • Oversized chocolate chip cookie cakes
  • Chocolate ganache filling or chocolate silk pie
  • Hot chocolate made with milk not water (then stir in Hershey’s baking coca & Nesquick; or any kind of hot chocolate mix as long as it’s non-hydrogenated oil)
  • Breyer’s Smooth and Dreamy chocolate chocolate chip ice-cream (Ben & Jerry’s and others have good chocolate flavors too)
  • M&Ms (go with the fun size so you can pretend you’re only going to eat one mini bag)
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies (Neiman Marcus cookie recipe with blended oatmeal)

Chips_bittersweet The best chocolate has chocolate/cacao as the #1 ingredient, not sugar. The fewer and simpler the ingredients (no hydrogenated oils & weird chemicals), the better. If you read labels, some “chocolate” (like many Easter bunnies) is only “chocolate-flavored”. Don’t waste your calories; it will taste like wax.

Browneez_products Plus, Harvard School of Public Health research finds women who drink caffeine are 20% less depressed. This would explain why frappachinos with chocolate and caffeine are a double win -- plus much cheaper than therapy.

If you happen to overdo it on the chocolate, don’t panic. Just take a walk. 

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Amanda P

Just discovered an even better way to make hot chocolate so had to add to this blog post I wrote -- yes, always use milk (not water) and stir in Nesquick & Hershey's cocoa or any hot cocoa mix (Godiva, Starbucks, etc.) but then ALSO add coffee creamer -- like International Delights French Vanilla. WOW.

Bea Egeto

Hello Amanda,

Thank you so much for mentioning our product in your blog.
We really appreciate your comment and we're glad you had a great JKC experience.

Best,
John Kelly Chocolate Team

Amanda P

Thanks, Deb. I do like Lindt dark and milk chocolate truffles -- very creamy.

Deb McDevitt

Hi there, may i also add a great way to get your chocolate fix is to earn it FREE. Lindt Chocolate has just started a direct sales division with home parties and corp. gifting. So you could have a home tasting or just use us for gifting and earn your favorite chocolate. BTW, Lindt chocolate also owns Ghirdardelli.

We also have catalog/online parties!

Amanda: email me ur address and i would love to send some of our newest Swiss Thins or a few bars for your review, if you wouldn't mind being a tester??? chocolateconnection@comcast.net

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