Intense Dark

The latest trendy item on the candy aisle at the store is gourmet dark chocolate. It is, after all, a health food, high in anti-oxidants and other things that are good for you. Like dark beer, dark chocolate is an acquired taste; I've picked them both up over the years.

The bars are large and segmented, meant to be broken into pieces and savored over more than one sitting. They brag about their high percentage of cacao; Ghirardelli's Twilight Delight crows about its 72% cacao content. Other Ghirardelli dark chocolate flavors include Espresso Escape, Citrus Sunset and Toffee Interlude. Hershey offers a more pedestrian bar with dried cranberries and macadamia nuts. I tried one of those, but barely noticed the cranberries, since they were overwhelmed by the dark chocolate. The toffee in the Ghirardelli Toffee Interlude bar is a bit more noticeable. And the chocolate? Robust. Very robust.

If you're not into dark chocolate, there's always Peeps. Yes, 'tis the season. There was an article about them in our local paper today, noting that they're almost a cult candy. They make Bunnies, too, but I think that's probably heretical to any true Peeps aficionado.