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Dec. 9th, 2013

10:16 am - Late off the mark

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Yesterday I was supposed to post for ghost_light, but I am crap at posting on the weekend because I always have so many other things to do - so this post goes out on the US 8th instead of the NZ one. And the one for today will be tomorrow. Sorry about that.


Chocolate. One of the world's most ubiquitous psychoactive drugs, beloved of romantics and folks who can't think of a suitable Mother's Day gift the world over.

I can't remember when I first became aware of chocolate, and I bet if you try you probably can't either. It's just there. I do remember that my brother liked it so I automatically decided I didn't. Anyone else here who's the younger of siblings who are close together in age might recognise this.. he got first lash at everything. School, reading, clothes - it seemed that whatever was available to experience in this world, he got to do/try/have first, and I realised at an early age that I was destined to live in a world of hand-me-downs.

Naturally, I rebelled against this in the only way I knew how - he might get to go first, but I didn't have to follow. Thus, when he decided chocolate was awesome, I had to come up with something different. I needed to assert my agency, you see.

I did it by liking sugary sweets instead of chocolate. Take that, hegemony!

Five year old Tats was pretty political, apparently.

Anyway, I was able to maintain this until I wasn't. Or, until I realised that I could still be an individual without sacrificing my access to mind-altering substances. It was one of those, anyway. I became particularly partial to jaffas. These are something that folks overseas often don't know about, which is a crying shame to be honest.

What they are is a ball of dark chocolate, with an orange* flavoured candy coating. They are hard and round and beloved of folks who like dropping them in movie theatres and listening to them roll all the way to the front. You'll note that movie theatres are carpeted these days. Funny that.

I still love me some jaffa goodness, but I admit that I should probably avoid them because I can't.stop. when eating them. I never have jaffas for long.

NZ has its own brand of chocolate. Well, it probably has several actually, but the one I'm talking about is Whittakers, which is based in Porirua. I used to work about 5 minutes' walk from their factory, and when the wind was right I spent the entire day enveloped in a miasma of melted chocolate. It was awesome and torturous at the same time.

But now, Whittakers have outdone themselves with this stuff:



This is cashing in on kiwiana in a big way. L&P stands for Lemon and Paeroa, a type of lemonade drink with a very distinctive flavour that is made in the town of Paeroa, which has a mineral spring of some repute. L&P has been around since forever in NZ more or less, and it was one of their advertising campaigns that coined the phrase "World famous in New Zealand" which is now part of our national lexicon.

So what Whittakers have done is try to recreate L&P as a chocolate flavour. They've taken white chocolate (NOM), added L&P flavouring (NOM) and then added pop rocks to give it some fizz (NOM).


NOM NOM NOM

I cannot have this stuff in the house. I would eat it all in one go, no matter how big the bar.

Chocolate has come a long way since I was a kid. My lack of self control around it hasn't changed, but now there are exponentially more flavours to try.

What's your local flavour?

* Only by a stretch of the imagination. They deliberately don't taste like real oranges even though the flavouring's improved over the years, in order to preserve the taste we all know and love.

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From:pombagira
Date:December 8th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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mmm white chocolate.. by default is my favorate now... umm.. yay..

although now that i know how much you like jaffas, i am tempted to make chocolate fudge slice with jaffas, *ponders this*

colour wise white chocolate fudge slice, crushed jaffas.. *plots*


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From:tatjna
Date:December 8th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh bloody hell now I am drooling.

Also, pretty!
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From:pombagira
Date:December 8th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
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*beams* i will see what i can do over the holiday break!

also i am getting my laptop fixed, it needs a new harddrive.. luckly i backed up two weeks or so ago.. *phew*

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From:fbhjr
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I like chocolate with raspberries in it...
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From:t_c_da
Date:December 8th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
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I have found my self rather partial to Whittakers Peanut Butter chocolate, despite it's rather weird taste.

And I'm pretty sure Jaffas exist in other countries apart from .nz & .au - my brain is failing at this time to supply the name by which they are known in .uk.

And rolling them down the theatre floor is not restricted to .nz either - 'twas a favourite where I grew up, too.
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From:richaarde
Date:December 9th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
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No Jaffas, sadly, but we have plenty of tasty chocolate treats in the US. First one that comes to mind are Andes thins. It's a square of chocolate about 30mm x 15mm x 3mm thick. The most common variety is flavored with mint, and it has a 1mm thick layer of mint white chocolate sandwiched between two 1mm thick layers of mint dark chocolate. There is also a cherry variety, and another mint which has the dark and white chocolate layers inverted.

http://www.tootsie.com/products.php?pid=105
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:December 9th, 2013 03:33 am (UTC)
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Well, we just happened to be sitting here with the chocolate box, having an after dinner treat. Let's see what we've got. First brands: currently we have Endangered Species and Theo chocolate bars. Both are organic or non GMO and fair trade (we have a family commitment to buy fair trade coffee, chocolate, and tea as much as possible). I also love Moonstruck chocolates and truffles, which are locally handcrafted and ethically sourced. As for flavors, we currently have 88% dark, 72% dark with cacao nibs, 72% dark with hazelnut toffee, 72% dark with sea salt and almonds, 70% dark with mint, 70% dark with coconut, 70% dark with orange, and 70% dark with cherry and almonds. From this you can ascertain that a) there was recently a sale of good chocolate at the store, b) we prefer dark to milk and think of white as the anti-Christ of chocolate, and c) that we are insufferable foodies and chocolate snobs. I'd feel self-loathing, but I'm on a chocolate high and filled with love for all mankind.
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From:bekitty
Date:December 9th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
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I'm rather fond of the Schoc sweet basil dark chocolate myself.
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From:pythia
Date:December 9th, 2013 10:05 am (UTC)
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Totally random and off topic, but I just did this and thought you might find it interesting. :) https://www.globaldrugsurvey.com/
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From:tatjna
Date:December 9th, 2013 10:22 am (UTC)
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Heh. I just did it too. ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:December 9th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
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I'm not much of a chocolate person but this sounds very yummy.

The local chocolate I love most is Ritter Olympia ... with honey and nuts and ... whatever! :D
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From:pundigrion
Date:December 13th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
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That one is the best Ritter of all! The Eurodeli a couple of km away just got them, giving me many more excuses to go there. I suppose I could just buy more than one at a time...
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:December 9th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Jaffa sounds familiar, but only vaguely so, as though I read about them once in a book or something. I have never had one, though I do like orange and dark chocolate together (like Terry's Chocolate Orange, which is a British thing but we get them in Canada).

Cool! I remember L&P (and went through Paeora) when I was in NZ.

I was originally shocked to realise that so many of the chocolate bars I grew up with in Canada are actually specific to my nation. You would think there would be more overlap with the chocolate bars in the US at least. But Canadian chocolate bars have a bit of a cult following in the US, and the one I like best is called Coffee Crisp.

Coffee Crisp has layers of crispy wafers with coffee-flavoured chocolate-textured bubbly stuff and then it's covered in chocolate. If you angle your teeth just right you can bite it open along the plane of the wafers and eat it layer by layer.

In the class of "Somewhat posh chocolate shops but in your neighbourhood mall and sorta out of fashion right now" there is Laura Secord - they make truffles and things. They're named after the War of 1812 heroine who warned of an impending American attack.

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From:meri_sielu
Date:December 10th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
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OMG I want that L&P bar, from what you described it sounds right up my street! <3

My current favourite chocolate bar is this: http://www.cadbury.co.uk/products/Jelly-Popping-Candy-Shells-3760?p=3760 It is incredibly goooooood!
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From:pundigrion
Date:December 13th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I have heard of these Jaffa things! Haven't run into them yet although I have found a couple of cookies. I know one box was ANZAK cookies and I forget the other. Puffy fluffy things.

I don't like most of the cheap chocolates, but Cadbury makes a couple nice ones. Dark chocolate and almond are good and there is a cookies and cream one that is amazeballs good for trashy chocolate. Incidentally I've now had US, Canadian, UK, and Aussie Cadbury Dairymilk chocolates. The Aussie one has been the best of them.

I love anything hazelnut, but it is not as common for Canadian-made bars. I mostly get German chocolate which is very popular here. I get Polish sugar-free chocolate with hazelnuts for Mr. No Sugar, but he more often tends to go for big pretzels and savoury scones instead.
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From:downwardlashes
Date:December 16th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
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UGH, UGH siblings why do they do that?? My kids used to insist on only liking exactly the same things. That was weird, but cute. Then one day when, I think, Zinnia was 4 or so, they decided that if one kid liked something, the other had to hate it. It's been that way ever since. Caspian likes everything though, so that means Zinnia often just refuses to eat. At all.

Pop rocks in chocolate sounds intriguing!
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