I originally planned to write a second full Chicago post, but I’m in a chocolate mood right now. Partly because chocolate is a substance of magic and light, and partly because I have a squillion pre-travel chocolate reviews to write up and publish.
First, though, a few quick last snaps of Chicagoland.
Continuing on my frozen treats bent, I tried Forever Yogurt’s Brooklyn Cheesecake and Pink Raspberry frozen yogurt in Andersonville, which is itself a lovely area to wander around on a grey windy day.
I stocked up at Whole Foods for my trip to Cedar City, because dear heavens America is good at making candy bars that masquerade as “nutrition” bars. Clif Mojo’s Chocolate Coconut Almond bar? Oh yes. Oh a world of delicious faux-healthy sweet candy yes.
I want a garden dragon monster when I grow up.
Woot woot! My heart leaped inside my soul when I spotted this Candle Café vegan vanilla cheesecake, flecked as it was with a squillion tiny vanilla bean seeds.
To be honest, however, this Candle Café vegan cheesecake was so sweet that eating it was like being one step away from eye twitching. Perhaps my Australian tastebuds simply haven’t yet adjusted to American sugar tolerance levels? It tasted like eating hyper-sugary vanilla frosting. Has anyone else tried it?
When I entered the MAC station in one of Chicago’s Macy’s stores, all I wanted was to find new foundation. Instead, I got painted with a new face. A new face that was all the better to see The Fonz with at Salt Lake City airport, my dear…
Ayyyyy! (Not the greatest photo, I’ll admit, but I felt guilty joining the camera-wielding crowd. I will say Henry Winkler was super nice about being attacked by the throng.)
Let’s knock out a chocolate review now, yes? I’m sure The Fonz won’t mind.
Vosges Cherry Rooibos Bar
Once upon a many years ago, I went through a big Rooibos tea-drinking phase because I was reading The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Much like how reading The Baby-sitters Club as a kid used to make me want Twizzlers, even though I had no idea what Twizzlers were.
Where was I? Oh yes. Vosges Cherry Rooibos Bar with African Rooibos tea, dried Michigan cherries, and 45% deep milk chocolate.
The aroma of this chocolate was fruity and a bit tangy, but I don’t think I could have picked rooibos tea without knowing it was there. Taking a bite, the vanilla notes of the chocolate combined with the fruitiness of the dried cherries and the tea (which, according to the ingredients list, is cherry tea with hibiscus and rosehips) to make me think overwhelmingly of candy. Cherry candy.
Cherry candy, cherry spiders (or cherry floats, if you’re American), cherry ring pops (oh how I loved ring pops!), fire engine soft drinks/cocktails, creaming soda, sweet sweet sweet sweet cherry candy embedded in thick fudgy milk chocolate and a hint of tang, all wrapped up in vanilla and sugar sugar sugar.
I think Claudia Kishi would have approved.