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  1. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    What a jam-packed little choc bar…although I must say that I love caramel and roasted almonds!

    1. Hannah

      Me too, but this wasn’t proper caramel… it was strange near-tasteless fudge-stuff…

  2. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Hehe! I had pleather PANTS when I was 14… =X
    I’ve never heard of Starbucks removing a store from anywhere…how odd…
    You used the word ‘maelstrom’ and it lit my heart up like a light 😀

    Wonderful pictures, and the chocolate sure sounds yummy to me, but I’m an amateur, after all ;]

    You know, I don’t think I really did the dress-up thing, at least not in my mom’s clothes. I did try to fashion rudimentary costumes out of my own closet, such as Revolutionary War nurse, mid-19th-century Swedish emigrant, Russian gypsy peasant, and of course, my best Laura-Ingalls-Wilder-esque prairie garb (though I always identified more with Mary, myself).

    1. Hannah

      I can understand that, seeing as you’re blonde and beautiful and all! Whereas I always felt like Laura with the “muddy brown” ringlets and the hidden naughty desires… 😛 Now to find me an Almanzo…

      Oh my, we were like two separated halves of the Pleather Queen! And I’m so delighted that my choice of vocab made you smile 😀

      1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

        Psh, nonsense! It was more of an eldest daughter/sister connection. Besides, Laura went on write some of the most timeless novels in history, while Mary…well, got sick and went blind and died alone =/ Hmm, this does not bode well for me…

  3. Lauren

    Never did the dressing up, but here’s a worse confession:

    Today, my tastes are fairly subtle. A ruffle here, an exposed zipper there, but mostly blues, blacks, neutrals.

    But in my freshman year of high school, I would jump on anything that screamed DIFFERENT. That year, I found a neon green pair of sneakers. It was not enough to wear the sneakers on their own, of course. I paired them with a form-fitting neon green tank top. I’m sure I wore some green eyeliner with the ensemble once or twice, as well.

    This was before I watched “What Not To Wear,” and learned that compliments are not always genuine. That is, when someone says “Nice shoes!”, it’s usually to make an excuse for their gaping.

    1. Hannah

      I would pay good money to see you wearing green eyeliner… You’re so “smart casual/sophisticated” these days, I almost don’t believe it! I remember following in the embroidered-jeans craze for a while. My pride and joy had an enormous coloured flower on the right thigh.

  4. Anna Johnston

    Man, that chocolate sure had a lot going on there, but for all that…., I’d give it a go. Never met a chocolate bar that could defeat me.
    I don’t think I’ve really been into dress ups that I can remember…, but when I went through my apprenticeship we worked such long hours and I rarely got to get out of ‘cheffies’ so ‘any old mis-matched colour socks’ worked for me when you crawled into bed at 2am & up again at 6am for work. I mean who was going to see if I wore pink & green socks with my berky’s anyway? Somehow it stuck…..& to this very day I rarely wear the same coloured socks – weird I know…., but there you have it. A girls gotta have a little flare about her doesn’t she 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Not that weird… underneath my uggs, I am currently wearing one sock from Japan that has a crying block of tofu on it, and one sock from Memphis that has “Elvis” written in pink all over it.

      It seems we have more in common than just a love of chocolate 🙂

  5. Vaala ◪

    Despite your description, the photographs are making me want to eat it…okay, making me want to eat chocolate in general which is okay because the coffee shop gave me free chocolate today (they do this every week or so because they feel sorry that I work for such a mad man).

    And yes, plan your holidays around coming to visit me! I’m sure I can arrange some Sookie Stackhouse books for you to read…

    1. Hannah

      I’m assuming this isn’t a Mad Man in the style of Don Draper? (H.O.T.) Squee! Books, gossip, and Schoc chocolate, how am I not on a plane to you right now?

      1. Vaala ◪

        Well yes…get on that plane right away (no seriously)! I actually convinced a friend to book tickets yesterday…but he only lives in the South Island.

        He’s more of an ADHD bouncy ball I suspect.

  6. Vaala ◪

    Oh yeah, and I went to my 6th form ball in my Mum’s graduation ball dress (amongst other times I dressed in my Mum’s clothing…although none of her current clothing).

    1. Hannah

      Hurrah, we’ve got one dresser-up-erer!

  7. croquecamille

    Never did much dressing up in my mom’s clothes (I tried on her wedding dress once when I was 17, and it didn’t zip up, so that was the end of that) but I did insist she buy me crazy things in which to play dress up. As a little girl, I had a pair of leopard-print stillettos that would have made Dolly Parton proud! I also had a pink faux-fur jacket, and many sparkly, beaded purses. Ah, memories.

    1. Hannah

      Oh, heavens, I have the most fantastic image of you right now, tottering around in leopard print stillettos whilst putting the finishing touches on your cupcake wedding cake extravangaza. Please tell me this is real. 😉

  8. hungryandfrozen

    Hooray for non-discrimination. We had a dress-up box with some seriously cool stuff that were either cast-offs from my parent’s wardrobes or opshop items (plus some other strange things)…unfortunately I look back and just know that some of that stuff was SO cool, and I wish I could hunt it all down again.

    That chocolate has a LOT going on – nice sartorial analogy there. While I like all those components that make it up, I think it could have done with removing an accessory or two. Would have to taste it to make sure though…haha.

    1. Hannah

      You’re totally right – this chocolate should have followed Coco Chanel’s dictatorial proclamation to remove at least one thing before leaving the house. (Was that Chanel? I’m really not a fashion guru…)

      I wish I could give you some of this to taste… when are you moving to Canberra?!

  9. Johanna GGG

    We had a great bag from my nan for dressups with green beads on it and we cut all the beads off and use them for mix lollies in the milkbar we set up in the cubby hut – I suspect I am still guilty of too many ideas at times but at least I don’t dress like I did when invading the dress up box as a child – funny to think that this was how we thought adults dressed!

    1. Hannah

      Teehee, I guess we can see the origins of the food blogger in you from an early age, then! Turning jewellery into lollies 😉 Similar to laughing at what we thought was “grown-up” dressing when we were kids… I’m still surprised everytime I realise that some adults are more childish than children… :S *cough politicians cough*

  10. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    I for one am glad you are unable to fulfil your Frappuccino desires. Look at Brittney Spears. That’s what Frappuccinos do to you! (although, not sure I’ve seen her in pleather)

    I never dressed up in my Mum’s clothes, but used to have fun with my Aunty’s dress-up box. I remember one day my cousins and I all got dressed up from the box, and my lovely satin dress was topped off perfectly by sticking two big rockmelon down the front 😀

    1. Hannah

      Look, if Frappuccinos made me a slaaaaaaaaaaave for youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu, I really don’t see why you’d be complaining, Conor.

      And I’m pretty sure I could still do with a pair of rockmelons.

  11. Hannah

    Amber: I think we both know there’s no chance you’ll die alone! I’ll move to KC for you if we’re both single at 70, anyway 😉 And I’m sure Mary would never have gone blind if she ate raw pancakes and enjoyed balls as much as you do 😀

    1. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

      HAHA! Quite right!
      I’ll hold you to that promise of yours if necessary ;]

      1. Hannah

        It’s not a promise, it’s a fact. Then we can be septuagenarians travelling through Europe winking at all the gorgeous men. 🙂

  12. Monique@She's Going The Distance

    OMG!!! I went to a chocolate factory and totally thought of you/felt like… well… a kid in a candy store haha.

    It was so much fun 🙂 I wish I had as much chocolate as you do to talk about it all the time hahaha!

    1. Hannah

      Aw, that’s so nice, that you thought of me! And all you need to do to have as much chocolate as me is bring back over $200-worth from your travels… 😉

  13. thehungryscholar

    I never dressed up in my parents’ clothes because they were not that stylish. Wait, I did once wear my dad’s shoes around the house when I was first learning to walk…

    1. Hannah

      Teehee, it was a bit the same for me. Nothing really kooky or sparkly to pull on!

  14. Simply Life

    Oh that texture looks perfect!

  15. Baking Serendipity

    I love your analogy to playing dress up! I think my sister and I were always getting into my mom’s shoes, but clothes must have been either too off limits or super 80’s for our taste 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Thanks 🙂 But, wait, super 80s is the best for dressing up! Leg warmers and shoulder pads! (Caveat: these things should never, ever be worn seriously. EVER.)

  16. Hannah

    Vaala: “ADHD bouncy ball” may be my new favourite term 😀

  17. Agnes

    It looks like fudge! And now I want fudge. What are you doing to me, BFF?

    I never played dress up in my mum’s closet, but I did steal her clothes when I was a bit older. She had a massive trunk of clothes in her room that she didn’t wear. When I was a teenager I used to sneak into her room, open the trunk and take stuff. Hehee. 😀

    1. Hannah

      It does look like fudge, you’re right! All I’m trying to do is make you connect me with fun deliciousness ALL THE TIME so that you decide to move to Canberra. That’s all.

      I wish my mum had had a trunk of clothes I could steal from!

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