4.27.2009

Chocolate Snobbery

I never thought I had the potential to become a chocolate snob, because I'm really not much of a fan of dark chocolate, and everyone knows that dark chocolate is the finest chocolate and people who have fine tastes prefer dark chocolate. My husband is one of these people. He won't even eat Hershey's Kisses! I've always been pretty open-minded about chocolate, though I'm also not someone who really obsesses about it in any way. So I was very surprised the other day when, at a work function where I had access to a giant bowl of candy bars, I ate a Kit-Kat and found myself completely not enjoying it at all! The chocolate just tasted...weird -- synthetic almost. I need to dig a little deeper to find out if they changed their formula or ingredients. I mean, Kit-Kat has always been one of my faves -- I'm fine not being a chocolate "snob," per se, but I'd hate to think that for most of my life I had genuinely bad taste!

8 comments:

Zidan said...

You've made me curious, Miss Tsao. I will eat a kit kat tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate bars are the best. But if you can, go to Europe and get one there, it's waaay better than the ones made by Hershey's in the U.S. via a licensing agreement.

Elizabeth said...

I am also more of a milk chocolate fan, and have found that a lot of the regular chocolate just doesn't do it for me anymore. (Although M&Ms, with that artificially flavored, HFCS-filled candy shell still make my day.) Have you tried the Guittard milk chocolate chips? I keep an open bag of those around for nibbling on, and they are fantastic.

Steve said...

OH No. The next step is wearing a monocle, and using the beige mustard in the small pots rather than the fluorescent yellow kind that you can get by the liter at Costco. It was nice knowing the old Jen.

Dan said...

It's probably the wax that's the artificial taste. Who knows though, Hershey's is so hit and miss. Sometimes it's great and sometimes its horrible.

Mark said...

I live an hour drive from Hershey Pennsylvania. Growing up, it was Hershey Milk Chocolate or bust.

Sadly, The Hershey Corporation has pretty much shipped the production of all their chocolate to plants in Mexico.

It's not Chocolate Snobbery in your taste, Jen. It's the horrible taste of shipping jobs out of the country.

My dad used to have a York Peppermint patty after every dinner like it was a palette cleansing desert. Now that they're being made in Mexico, my parents refuse to by them anymore.

My mom swears by dark chocolate now. She has my wife hooked on the stuff.

Zidan said...

Ate that kit kat I mentioned. Was as good as I remembered. Which is not much.

Dean said...

From the available mainstream options, my wife and I think Godiva (though overpriced) makes a pretty good milk chocolate.

Dove's milk chocolate isn't BAD, either. We agree with Anonymous, though... the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar in America sucks compared to the UK version. Not worth your time in the U.S.

If you're going to eat Hershey's, try the Symphony bar with Toffee pieces. It's probably Hershey's best offering.

That said, if you have a local chocolatier, give them a try. They can surprise you with great value and creativity.

BTW, totally miss the 1UP/EGM podcasts. Hope all is well in your world!