Sunday, January 24, 2010

Chocolate Snobbery

I am a Chocolate Snob.

Before I go on my Chocolate Rant, can I ask you a favor? I have been nominated for an award for Poppytalk's Favorite Handmade Artist Blog by the lovely Kristin. If you enjoy my blog and think it's worthy of the award - I would love it if you'd vote for me here. Just click the City of Dionne button, and then Cast Vote at the bottom of the page. Thanks, guys!

Now, back to the chocolate...

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When are the American and Australian Commercial Chocolatiers going to get the right recipe? Sure there are individual Chocolate Artisans here in the US and Australia that work wonders with Chocolate, but when are the big commercial chocolate companies going to wake up? Whenever I bite into a Hershey's bar, I taste the sugar more than the chocolate.

Remember my lovely Aunt from here? Once again she gave me a lovely box of chocolates. This time it was a box of Duc d'O chocolates - some of my absolute favorites. The Belgians and the Swiss really know what they're doing with chocolate, don't they? Each piece is so silky and creamy. This weekend Brian and I indulged on these, along with Banana Smoothee Shots. Delicious!

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What are your favorite Chocolates? Along with Duc d'O, I also love Toblerone and Vosges.

(PS. My latest article is up at Meylah. It's a Thank You Card Tutorial. To check it out, go here).
(PPS. The winner of the Christina P Designs giveaway is Hannah. Congrats!)

37 comments:

Kaye Prince said...

I actually already voted for you earlier today :D

For chocolate that you can pick up anywhere I really love Lindt with sea salt - it's pretty tasty! Unfortunately the store (The Nutty Chocolatier) that made great truffles, which I loved, closed its location in downtown Toronto. They were great and also sold imported candy from Britain and other cool stuff. I am not a chocoholic like you, but I do miss them!

Meghan said...

I just voted! Good luck!!! You certainly deserve it:)

Tender Branson said...

I'm with you on chocolates. I usually am buying foreign chocolates because they know how it is done. Looks like you are currently leading in the voting. Good luck!

Annie said...

the only kind of chocolate i've been eating lately is peanut mm's ;)

off to vote now!!

Meg said...

oh my goodness. don't get me started on chocolate! i once spent almost 35 dollars on about 3 pieces of chocolate in avignon, france because i just couldn't walk past the shop window anymore... it's insane! it's such a wonderful indulgence. and a well deserved every day treat :)
ps, i voted, and you are kicking butt!!! good luck!

Tamara Nicole said...

Yes I only buy great dark chocolate, the normal candy bar companies chocolates taste like wax to me lol. Any french or actually swedish chocolate is yum yum!

Good luck on the blog vote!!!

Maki said...

I voted for you Dionne - I know you'll win it:)

xoxo

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I am going to vote now --- LOVE me some chocolate!!

a little twig birdhouse said...

I'm going to stick out like a sore thumb here, but as much as I like chocolate, and I've sampled some delish little goodies in France and beyond . . . I always keep coming back to my fave Hershey Kisses. :)

Ashley Yazzie said...

D,

I am addicted to chocolate. I've had Belgium chocolate and it is REALLY and TRULY that good. I love dark, milk, white....you name it. I particularly enjoy chocolate paired with peanut butter or with hazelnut. Yummers.

I loved your card tutorial! You are such a talented woman. I have so much to learn from you my dear.

xoXO,

Ashley

Victoria Stitch said...

mmmm those look good enough to eat, making my mouth water

Paula said...

yummy ... I'm not big on chocolate but my daughter is and Toblerone is one of her favorites! Went and voted for you:) Lot's of luck!
paula:)

Federica said...

I voted for you yesterday!
Mmmmmm those look delicious....yummy!
Federica
xoxo

Bethany Dirksen said...

Those Belgian chocolates look positively amazing.

Can I just say that I can't believe you do so much artwork on this blog! How in the world do you have time to do that?

jessicajane said...

gosh now im craving some chocolate and we dont have a drop in the house!! haha. I love Lindts....Ive never tried belgian or any other really good chocolates...now I must. Whats in a banana smoothie shot?

Kristin said...

Ohhhhhhh Vosges. Meg gave me a box and a bottle of champagne for my 30th bday. It was insanely good! Off to vote for you. : )

Ali said...

Your posts always make me so hungry! Thank you for that. :)

Bri said...

I just voted for you!

And even though I don't like chocolate, I do like your illustration. ;)

jamfiescreations1 said...

Of course I will vote for you Dionne. Love the chocolates!

Lovely Scribbles said...

I voted for you, my friend! Good luck!! Now down to business...I am not (gasp) a big chocolate eater. I actually like sour candy, BUT if I were to go the chocolate route, a spoon full of Nutella would do me just fine! I'm not sure if that's sad, pathetic or just funny, but it's the truth! I think I have a lot to learn!!

Linz said...

vote vote vote! :)

i think your blog today just made me gain 5 lbs... and i love it!

Courtney said...

Just voted Dionne, best of luck & congrats on your nomination. You deserve it!!

Courtney said...

P.S. - Dionne - if you are ever in Chicago on the weekend you MUST go to the Peninsula Hotel for their chocolate buffet. A chocoholic friend took me there once & it was unlike anything I've ever experienced before, absolutely divine! Just make sure you don't eat for a full day before you go. :)

LBB said...

I haven't had any REALLY good chocolate lately...I'll sheepishly admit that I do have a thing for Twix bars though. :(

I voted! Good luck, Dionne! You and your sweet blog deserve it! :)

Tali Schiffer said...

I voted :)
I love love love chocolate. Especially bitter-sweet! I love Riter Sport, Max Brenner, Nutella spread, and a chocolate covered wafer snack called Tim Tam that is eaten with coffee! Oh Yumm!!

Gaia said...

I love chcolate...not the one with pepper or alchool! classic chcolate it could be dark or white or milk...with bread! It's a medicine!!!

Dash said...

i just voted for you today!!! :) io hope you win and yes, my absolutest most favourite chocs are the belgian sort:) they are truly the masters:)

aubrey said...

Chocolate reminds me of my sweet sister! We always spoke of opening a chocolate/Boutique one day where she would be in charge of the chocolate and I the Boutique. I hope to one day do that in loving memory of her sweet tooth and love for chocolate!

Eileen said...

Oh ~ I just love Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffles by Lindt!! Delicious! :)

Jess said...

Hey hey! I found your blog through the Poppie awards.... good luck! I'm a fellow Aussie and I'd have to say Lindt and Cocolo chocolates are my favourites. Cocolo is organic and fairtrade... yum!

Gosh, you'd be missing Australia today, it's AUSTRALIA DAY! We just got home from watching some night time fireworks.

A big wave from the Mornington Peninsula in southern Victoria!

Jess

Miss B said...

Just added my vote sweet Dionee, looks like you are a favorite, good luck! BTW this post was divine as always and my eyeballs feel fatter as I write.

xo,

Miss B.

simplesong said...

yay for you -- off to vote! and oh boy after seeing this post i have a major chocolate craving. yum!

Rosey said...

I voted for you, I always look forward to your posts :)

Phoenix said...

I never knew what I was missing out on until I went to England and had true European chocolate.

Then I went to Belgium and bought about 8 boxes of Belgian chocolate - possibly the most mouth-watering chocolate in the world.

Then I finally understood what chocolate is really supposed to taste like :)

Kristin @ Contented Me said...

I already cast my vote!! (And we love our custom stitch print, by the way... I keep forgetting to tell you that!)

Agreed - Hershey's suck. Kisses are probably the only chocolate candy that I'll actually pass up because, to me, they're not worth the calories.

Vosges is delish. I also really like Lindt dark. I don't even know where that's made, though...

Kotori said...

I'm off to vote for you now!

Honestly, I love European chocolates - I am a little snobby in that I think American chocolates are not nearly as good!

Lindsey said...

I was so excited to vote for you, and happy to see that so many others chose your blog too! Congrats, friend!