Saturday, October 21, 2017

Melting Pot Focuses Spooky Treat Creations

Wilton Melting Pot
I know that just last week we looked at Wilton but they want to win the 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge! This time we aren't looking at their candy melts but instead at their Candy Melting Pot a dedicated kitchen item that I hope works better than similar gadgets we've tested before. I was sent this Wilton Party Pack, Candy Melts and Candy Melting Pot Set from Wilton via the Amazon Vine Program; neither one knew I'd do more than a review on the Amazon website so this is a bonus. No other form of compensation was received in exchange for that website review and this article.

Melting Pot Kit

Speciality kitchen gadgets can be a useful or wasteful; this one is very useful if you work a lot with melting chocolate or products similar to the candy melts that WIlton also makes. In this kit you get one bag of their Light Cocoa Candy Melts made with cocoa powder processed with and without alkali. The pot has two parts -- the heating unit that you plug into a standard outlet and the silicone pot with handle that you place inside of it.

The silicone pot cleans very easily but as with all silicone product do not use anything metallic or with sharp/rough edges or you may damage it. Clean ups is very easy but should be done by hand. Just follow the simple directions. Use only silicone or rubber utensils when stirring or cleaning, just as you'd for any silicone product or non-stick surface. Water did get caught between the rim and the outside but the body of the pot is very flexible so that was easy to dry. You need it to be dry -- water is a serious problem for chocolate, it will make it seize and then is it useless.

It does take the heating unit a bit more than the 5 minutes to preheat but once it does, it takes less than a melt for 20 or so candy melts discs to fully melt. Adding more discs in will slow down the melt time. I also tested it with 72% pure chocolate and it melted very well and cleaned up and melted both with ease if you only add a handful of discs at a time. I'll talk about the candy melts themselves next week so come back to see that, please.

The candy melts and the chocolate are hot when melted but the silicone pot stayed relatively cool. This had the benefit of making it very easy for me to dip in cookies by hand and not worry about burning myself. This is a huge plus if your chocolate want to help you make candy coating or chocolate treats that require melting the coating/chocolate first. The pots is also very sturdy and I was able to remove it to pour or dip out the melted candy into molds or drizzle over treats. As I said though, the candy melts are a bit too thick to pour and I tried it with the Light Cocoa Candy Melts and the White Candy Melts.

If this pot looks like it would make your candy and treat making easier and you have room in your kitchen, buying one through our links helps out The Chocolate Cult through the Amazon Associates program. I've linked to the exact set we were sent to test for review. Happy Treat Making for Halloween!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Little Bags of Brownie Brittle for Halloween

Box of Individual Brownie Brittles
Candy, Candy, Candy! Hey, Halloween is also here and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by candy choices. One thing we do in my household is also have non-candy treats for anyone allergic to chocolate (sad but it happens) and non-food treats for those with too many allergies. But what about a third option? Something non-candy yet still a food treat? That might appeal to older kids and adults accompanying trick or treaters. Earliest in the Halloween evening we get little kids but as the hours go by the ages increase. I know that ticks off some old coots who think it should only be kids in grade school but unless you demand a copy of a report card, who do you know how old someone at your door is? I hit puberty at age 9 but I was only in 4th grade! I would have been very sad if some grump had turned me away when I was trick or treating at 9 or 10 years old. Basically if you are wearing a costume, we will give you something at my house. No, I'm sharing our address, we do have a budget to consider, and we normally get 150-200 people every Halloween! Sheila G's Brownie Brittle sent us a big box of the three varieties of their snack sized treats in their Ultimate 30-Pack to show them as a possible Halloween Treat choice for our 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge; no other form of compensation was received in exchange for our honest review.

Brownie Brittle Individual Bags
These come in snack size 1 ounce packs and in three varieties -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel.  The packages are color coded so you can tell them apart though the brown and caramel color are a bit similar in a photo they are different when you see them in person.

The pieces themselves also look different as this photo shows -- Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt, and Salted Caramel just as in the photo of the bags

Brownie Brittle Individual Bag Pieces Laid Side by Side

Would this Ultimate 30-Pack of Sheila G's Brownie Brittle meet a need or desire in your house this Halloween?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time is Running Out to Get Chocolate Walk Tickets

In one month, I, my hubby, and a handful of friends will be marching through Nashville, Indiana, hopping into stores and restaurants on the annual Chocolate Walk for the Brown County Humane Society.

To buy tickets visit this site. Remember, tickets are limited and prices go up on November 1st. Don't miss out on this because it has sold out prior to the event the last few years.

If helping animals and getting chocolate isn't enough of a reason for you., let's look at the "stops" on the walk. I'll put a * next to the 10 businesses that have been a part of the walk every year and a • next to new stops that were not listed in last year's guidebook. These are in the numerical order in which the stops will be listed in the booklet you'll get when you check in at the start on November 11, 2017.

Brown County Art Gallery
Touch of Silver, Gold, and Old
The Back Porch
•Nashville Spice Company
*Brown County Human Society
The Woodlands Gallery
•The Educated Otter
•Fables and Fairy Tales
*Nashville Candy Store
Artists Colony Inn
Kiss the Cook
Dawn's Nashville House of Jerky (if this is the same House of Jerky)
Wishful Thinking
Nashville General Store
Casa del Sol
*Bone Appetit Dog Bakery
*Nashville Fudge Kitchen
Brown County Visitors Center
Sweetea's Tea Shop
•Chocolate Moose
4th Sister Vintage
*Jack & Jill Nut Shop
Brown County Playhouse
*Hob Nob Corner Restaurant
The Wild Olive
*The Candy Emporium
•Gnaw Bone Bakery & Country Store
Brozinni's Pizzeria
*Common Ground Coffee Bar & Tea Shoppe
*Carmel Corn Cottage
Brown County Historical Society
Friends of the Brown County Public Library
Brown County IGA

If you have your tickets, leave us a comment and let us know. If we run into you, I might ask to take your photo.

If you aren't going, leave a comment and tell us why.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More UNREAL Halloween Treats

I was so excited! We chosen again by UnReal and Tryazon to host a second UnReal Halloween Party. I invited folks and then the day of, people starting saying that they were sick or worse just didn't change their status on the party page to "no" -- that's rude, folks. I don't do that to people when they invite me to their events. I may say "no" but at least you get a response from me. So now I'm not sure that Tryazon and UnReal will accept the party and all of the work I put into it -- decorating, getting other candy (uncompensated for) to try with it. Thank goodness I didn't feel the need to spend even more money to find two more products to compare. UnReal sent me the following products to try out and have guests try out -- dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate crispy quinoa gems, dark chocolate peanut gems, dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the Halloween box, and milk chocolate gems in a Halloween box. Other than the five free products, some stickers, coupons, and information sheets no other form of compensation was received in exchange for this article and hosting a party.

In terms of Halloween the two themed boxes had a day of the dead sort of look to them but that stopped at the box. The individual cups and candy bags didn't carry on the theme. Disappointing really. If you can't find these themed boxes in your local stores (I can't) you can find UNREAL Halloween Gluten-free, Vegan, Non-GMO Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cup case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 cups) or the UNREAL Halloween Non-GMO Milk Chocolate Gems - case of 9 x 20 ct boxes (180 packs)on

We had the milk chocolate gems last year so those don't count in the 9th Annual Halloween Treat Challenge so really it is the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups that are in the running. Here they are alongside the UnReal dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

The five adults I had for the tasting were willing to show you their favorites that turned out to be the ones you see above. Two people prefered the dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups in the lime green wrapper from the Halloween themed box.

Three people prefered the basic dark chocolate peanut butter cups from the plain red pouch.

People prefer the UnReal gems to the other candy but the duller colors were a bit odd and the sugar candy coating more of the main flavor. Here's a photo of one pairing we did so you can see yourself.

It isn't UnReal's fault that the party didn't turn out as I hoped. This experience has turned me off from doing any more of these in the future. If I'm not paid for it and my friends are interested, I'm just wasting my time and my family's resources.

Luckily I had a travel to see some friends and I took them the gems to try out. They liked them.  Here one of them loved the scent of the dark chocolate peanut butter gems that she just breathed that in after opening the bag.

The crispy gems brought a smile to one of her boy's face after he tried them out. They put their coupons on their frig and told me "We're gonna be using these real soon."

UnReal still gets Sacramental Status as a candy option. Have you see it in your local stores? Would you get some to hand out to trick o'treaters or have at a Halloween party this year? Leave a comment and let me know, plase.

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