Let’s Talk Chocolate v.3

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    • #80338
      Yohanan
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      Previous thread here.

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    • #80353
      Tammie
      Participant

      So I’m kind-da chocolate out! Can we start a different thought, like coffee :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:

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    • #80354
      tenderreed
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      Doughnuts/pastries!

      TR

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    • #80356
      Geri9
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      Talk coffee?  That would be impossible for me to do …  but donuts?  YES! :good:

       

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    • #80362
      Geri9
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    • #80364
      Geri9
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    • #80367
      Tammie
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      My contribution to the coffee and donut string —- yes! Coffee too

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    • #80368
      Tammie
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    • #80374
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      I think I gained ten pounds watching that donut video! 😳

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    • #80376
      tenderreed
      Participant

      LOL on the doughnut truck heist!

      TR

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    • #80380
      Geri9
      Participant

      Wow, Tammie,  really like the instructional on the homemade donuts.  My mom used to make donuts when we were little … she had a real donut cutter (not just the little round circle this guy used) but a full donut cutter so no need to separate the dough … just roll it out and cut the outer circle and inner circles at the same time in precision perfect order.

      I shouldn’t have watched this … its late at night and I’m craving donuts. B-)

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    • #80405
      Tammie
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      I used to make donuts from biscuit dough and cut the holes out. So easy! Now I have to make them by hand per my being a Celiac and not having gluten.
      I’m hoping to try it in my air fryer too, less messy :wacko:

      TR – I loved that comic on the truck and cops! Laughed so hard!!! :mdrmdr:

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      • #80407
        Geri9
        Participant

        Oh yeah … I’m sure that air fryer machine will make the donuts less fattening.  I couldn’t believe how much oil he had in that pan.  When I fry a batch of Struffoli balls I only need 1 inch of lite cooking olive oil.

         

        How about a stack of donut waffles… looks like 1,620 calories  :wacko:

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    • #80428
      Donna
      Moderator

      Well, ‘jes’ remember that if ya eat an entire chocolate cake, ya only ate one piece . .  :yahoo:

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    • #80485
      Geri9
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    • #80493
      Geri9
      Participant

      Hmm … perhaps this was the forbidden fruit? B-)

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      • #80562
        Tammie
        Participant

        Sorry but that looks just nasty 🤢

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    • #80494
      Kent
      Participant

      My name is Kent and I’m a chocoholic. I can really eat my share. Except chocolate mint. Mint ruins it.

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      • #80508
        Geri9
        Participant

        Oh no Kent,  Peppermint Patty heard your York anti -sensation confession B-)

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    • #80511
      Geri9
      Participant

      Ok, take the 1 Gotta Go challenge … what is your least favorite out of this bunch?

      For me … hands down without hesitation the sweet potato pie has got to go … since it looks far to similar to pumpkin pie. :wacko:

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      • #80563
        Tammie
        Participant

        So for me — the least fav would be the peach cobbler (I love peach cobbler but you said least fav) that was too hard….. no, have to disagree —— Sweet potato’s pie is AWESOME!!!!! :yahoo:

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    • #80526
      tenderreed
      Participant

      I’m with you Kent and Geri!

      TR

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    • #80533
      Geri9
      Participant

      Ok one’s gotta go in this food group …

      My preference … eliminate the pancakes altogether … remove the butter and maple syrup from the waffles and replace with ice cream and transfer the maple syrup over to the French toast &  add some whip cream on top.  Mmm  :mdrmdr:

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      • #80564
        Tammie
        Participant

        Too much mixing it up Geri — just eat them all and let your stomach sort it out  :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:

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    • #80647
      Geri9
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      Geri9
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    • #80679
      tenderreed
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      Lol!

      TR

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    • #80684
      Geri9
      Participant

      Does your pup have O.C.D. [Obsessive Cupcake Disorder] problem?

      Do the cupcake challenge and see how they react …

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    • #80685
      Donna
      Moderator

      with all that chocolate, I can still wear the same size earrings ~~

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    • #80686
      Yohanan
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      😂🤣

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    • #80688
      Geri9
      Participant

      Aw .. we know this pup doesn’t have OCD [Obsessive Cupcake Disorder] problem

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    • #80689
      Geri9
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      :mdrmdr:     So glad my mom never did this …

      Meanwhile Mom’s around the world … sure ‘Let them eat cupcakes!’  ….

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    • #80696
      Geri9
      Participant

      Told my parents I wanted a cheesecake for my birthday.

      This is NOT what I meant!

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    • #80707
      Geri9
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      Anybody like real cheesecake?  What’s your favorite?

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    • #80708
      Heidi
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      I love All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffets. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I like buffets.

      A friend and I went to the Golden Griddle for breakfast buffet, I didn’t count how many times we got up again for more. When we passed by a waitress, she said: again? My friend who heard her told me. I didn’t hear her. I guess we were supposed to be embarrassed, but oh, well………..

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      • #80716
        Geri9
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        That was so rude of that waiter.  I’m not sure if Golden Griddle is related to Golden Corral?  We didn’t go for breakfast … mostly lunch or dinner.  They were always so nice and freely generous with the plates (this was in upstate New York)  For 3 people they wanted to give out a stack of 9 plates. :wacko:  and we already each had a plate after paying for our meal – the cashier handed us the first plate.   We had to keep saying please take away 6 plates.  Same with the hot rolls – if you didn’t say how many – they would automatically bring over 10 rolls in a basket. :wacko:

         

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    • #80712
      tenderreed
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      Buffets are grand!  I go to Golden Corral!

      Breakfast is my least favorite meal!

      TR

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    • #80715
      Heidi
      Participant

      I like plain Cheesecake or maybe with cherries or strawberries.

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    • #80732
      Tammie
      Participant

      Please I love cheese cake in many forms — how about a lot of little ones :mdrmdr:

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    • #80733
      Heidi
      Participant

      Yummy!

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    • #80776
      Geri9
      Participant

      Tammie,  those mini cheesecakes look yummo!

      I didn’t think I could top that one but here goes …

      how about ice cream sundae on top of the mini cheesecakes?!!!   :whistle:

      I’m seriously thinking on making these today … I got everything but the no bake cheesecake mix.  Will be heading out to the store later … B-)

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    • #80778
      Geri9
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      This is a hard one for me … in this selection group … its a toss up between the cheesecake and the brownies (but it hast to have lots of walnuts) or I wont be tempted at all.   3rd choice gotta go with apple pie, 4th is the cookies.  I’m not that crazy about banana cream pie (but if it were coconut cream that is a totally different story) and I haven’t the foggiest idea of what Flan is … so I don’t know what to pick for the 5th spot. :unsure:

      How about you ?

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      • #80848
        Tammie
        Participant

        Oh I love Flan — get it as often as possible and it is gluten free —- plus point! Wait, I love cheese cake too — no, no, no, I adore Banana Cream Pie — aw shucks, I really like Apple Pie topped with ice cream, A-La-mode …. Ouch brownies and cookies are a food group right??? Oh bother — I’ll just have one of each or maybe two, naw, three of each will serve me well! :mdrmdr: :mdrmdr:

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    • #80850
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Oh bother! Hate making decisions!  Me too!  Smorgasbords reign!  But then which one first?  Now I’m stuck again!

      TR

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    • #80895
      Geri9
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      Ok its confession time … how many will admit they LOVE moist Christmas fruitcake!    Come on don’t be shy …  how can you resist this lovely creation…

       

      And this ….  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm  :whistle:   Is this tempting or what?  Or do I need to throw in a cup of hot apple cider too!   B-)

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      • #80898
        MyWhiteStone
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        Admission here.  Save some for me. :yes: :good:

        Black coffee might be better (for me), but cider would be nice.

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        • #80899
          Geri9
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          :yahoo:  the “Fruitcake club” members are sloooowly growing in number.   I don’t know why so many don’t like this wonder cake … with all the candy, raisins, dates & nuts inside. :yes:

          Ok, I will cave and throw in the bean salad as another beverage option.  I wonder if this will tempt Tammie, T.R. and Yohanan into the club?   B-)

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          • #80901
            Tammie
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            Ah — sorry that would be a huge no — funky cake has never been a fav of mine …. It’s like eating and re-eating the whole fruit and nut basket with a bit of grit thrown in all at once ….

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    • #80917
      Heidi
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      What is your favorite dessert question is such a hard one. I would go with the flan, although I love the cheesecake, apple pie, brownies,………..

      I didn’t know it is called flan. I know it as “creme caramel”. Very nice!

      I also love “Baba Au Rhum”. It is cake soaked with Rhum, has some cream inside and a cherry on top.

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    • #80920
      Tammie
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      One of my other favorite desserts is Creme Brûlée— oh my, smooth, light, heavenly! You can add strawberries to top it off, but I prefer it just as it is … yum!

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    • #80923
      Heidi
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      I love creme brulee

      I am remembering Jack Tripper now.

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    • #80925
      Yohanan
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      I absolutely LOVE fruit cake! And like Dan, with a nice hot cup of black coffee!

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    • #80928
      churchgal
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      It has to be homemade fruit cake….not that store bought funky stuff that has a shelf life of 75 years… :mdrmdr:

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    • #80940
      Heidi
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      75 years?

      Oh, no! I wouldn’t want to eat what’s been around for 75 years. Might be a bit moldy.

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    • #80950
      Arthur
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      Fruit cake? That’s a pass for me. I meet enough people like that in my everyday life. :wacko:

      Seriously, there is a reason there are Christmas fruit cake regifting jokes out there. ;-)

       

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    • #80959
      Geri9
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      Well I’m pleased to see the “fruitcake” club is still gaining members :whistle:  … Yohanan is fully on board and Church girl (only if its freshly baked) lol … believe me, it’s from heaven’s bakery so it will be. :yes:   Heidi is still thinking about it … scared of the 75 yr expiration date while T.R. remains awfully silent. :scratch:

      Meanwhile its a VERY strong no go :negative: from Tammie.  And Arthur …with the wisecracks … have you even tasted it once?  Are you telling me you don’t like raisins, dates, and various nuts?  Or are you turned off by the chewy candy?  You can always pick out the candy.  Or … will you eat the fruitcake if the chewy candy is switched out for peanut butter  M & M’s?   ;-)

      Here is the History of the Fruitcake
      By culinary agents

      “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep passing it around.” – Johnny Carson

      The simple holiday fruitcake has been to outer space, served as the world’s first energy bar, and is an international $100 million business. However, despite all of these achievements, this ancient Roman dessert is still the target of countless jokes. As we approach the final days of National Fruitcake Month, here is a look at the history of one of the world’s most hated/loved cakes of all time.

      Fruitcake’s great, great, grandfather is the Roman Satura. The ancient Romans were looking for a way to sustain their troops in battle and developed a bread consisting of pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, raisins, barley mash, and honeyed wine. This cake was packed with calories and lasted long enough to fortify a soldier through an epic and exhausting campaign.

      As dried fruits became more readily available, this Roman warrior energy bar eventually made its way off the battlefields and into homes as a dessert for special occasions.  When Rome fell, local variations on the fruitcake emerged, including Italy’s panaforte and panettone, Germany’s powdered sugar-coated stollen, and Britain’s plum pudding.

      Then, during the sugar boom of the 16th century the fruitcake, that we know today, began to emerge in Europe. Increasing amounts of fruit began to be preserved by soaking the fruit in inexpensive sugar from the colonies. The modern fruitcake was created as a way to deal with the abundance of sugar-laced fruit and, by the early 19th century, the typical recipe was full of citrus peel, pineapples, plums, dates, pears, and cherries.by the late 1800s, the fruitcake was gifted in decorative tins, becoming a holiday staple with Christmas and fruitcake becoming intertwined in Victorian England with the help of colonial sugar. The British adaptation of the Roman Satura recipe, plum porridge, was influenced by the sugar trade and the traditional meat in the porridge was replaced with the readily available sugar preserved fruit. During Christmas in the 19th century, it was traditional for English nobles to feed poor carolers with a slice of plum pudding and the Christmas carol, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” made begging for this figgy pudding famous.

      Eventually, the fruitcake made its voyage to America with colonists in the years before the Revolution and nowadays it is enjoyed throughout the world. Today, seven million pounds of this historic cake are produced each year, with three companies — The Swiss Colony, Claxton Bakery and Georgia Fruitcake Company — competing for the title of “Fruitcake Capital of the World.”

      – Fair Use –

       

      Looks like the Romans used this amazing delicious cake to win some battles.   B-)

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      • #80965
        Arthur
        Participant

        You get a like for the informative article as well as the peanut butter M & Ms reference. I didn’t realize it was the Romans that were responsible for this uhhh… thing. It’s still *yuck* for me, though. :wacko:

        If it does not contain Maraschino cherries then it gets upgraded into the barely edible category. I find Maraschino cherries revolting.

        https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/maraschino-cherries#TOC_TITLE_HDR_9

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        • #80969
          Geri9
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          Oh my!  I LOVE maraschino cherries!  I would even pour the red juice in a glass and drink it!!!   Thank you for sharing this info.  I didn’t realize it contained dangerous Red 40 toxic cancer chemicals.  A former deacon in my NJ church … he was a scientist that worked for Johnson & Johnson and he forbid his wife to bake with Red food coloring.  His son was in my class and told us this.  Sadly … he died of cancer in his mid 20’s and his dad died of cancer about 8 years ago.

          I’m drinking a lot of lemon water and that counteracts any cancer cells from forming … because it instantly makes your body alkaline.  Cancer thrives on an acid diet.

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          • #81003
            Tammie
            Participant

            Also to note — somewhere years ago, I read that the red coloring that is added to your maraschino cherries comes from humming birds, so as you can tell I do not and have not for decades (mostly because I do not like the flavor) eat maraschino cherries. I love fresh bing cherries and can eat a basket full, non-stop :mdrmdr:

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    • #80962
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      Well, I’m definitely in Churchgal’s camp. Only fresh fruit cake. None of that massed produced junk that gets regifted at Christmas time. :negative:

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    • #80967
      tenderreed
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      I am told there is an over a 100yr old fruit cake in existence!

      They make great doorstops! How about sawdust!?

      TR

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      • #80971
        Geri9
        Participant

        :mdrmdr:   “Makes great doorstops”   Very funny!

        I must confess back in 2015 Walmart was selling the “The Swiss Colony” brand around Christmas time … and I caved and bought it since I really don’t know how to make the homemade Fruit cake.  My mom was an expert in that field and I regret not paying close attention.  Hence … I caved for the 75 yr old expiration date kind.  Of course, its not like homemade … but I have to say … I still “enjoy” it.   B-)

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    • #81010
      MyWhiteStone
      Participant

      Well, a perfectly good chocolate thread has clearly been been re-routed.

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      • #81011
        Geri9
        Participant

        :mdrmdr:   Who knew there would be soooo many naysayers towards an innocent tasty fruity cake.

        I will try to get the chocolate loco-motion back on track after a few major backwards flips. B-)

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        • #81012
          MyWhiteStone
          Participant

          A true majorette.  Anyway, Tammie wanted out at the top of the thread. :yes:   Yohanan and I worked in her hope for coffee…

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    • #81022
      tenderreed
      Participant

      Chocolate still reigns!

      Don’t like pumpkin or sweet potato pie!  Can’t stand turkey for that matter!

      Love pies and that white chocolate and rasberry cheesecake looked pretty good!

      Not big on flan either or dodo Leches!

      TR

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    • #81046
      Arthur
      Participant

      I bought some keto chocolate tonight for a friend. It only has 2 grams of sugar for the whole bar. I will report how it tastes after we have a taste test.

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    • #81047
      Geri9
      Participant

      I wonder if this is how chocolate covered ants started? :wacko:

       

      This is suppose to be a chocolate covered ant.  Is this real or fake with some nuts included? :wacko:

       

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    • #81048
      Geri9
      Participant

      Anyone like chocolate covered pretzels?  This looks like a easier way to make the sweet treat without covering the sticks.

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    • #81053
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      I love chocolate covered pretzels!

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    • #81058
      Yohanan
      Moderator

      For more chocolate goodness go here.

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