I Ate Chocolate Covered Bacon
Have you ever tried chocolate covered bacon? I have. The salty sweetness was delicious — and who doesn’t like bacon? Of course, we’ve all had chocolate covered cherries (one of my ultimate favorite treats) and chocolate covered mints. But here in July at Stampede, they sell chocolate covered jalapenos and chocolate covered pickles. We’ve probably all heard of chocolate covered grasshoppers and ants (crunchy). No, I’ve never tried the insects. There’s only so far I will go for the sake of research.
Melt some Nestlé chocolate chips and try the coating on pretzels, maybe, or dried fruit. These are wonderful holiday goodies to put in your favorite Christmas stocking (in a sealed bag).
If you want to go whole hog, try tempering some fine chocolate before coating your goodies. Here’s a recipe for tempering chocolate. When my daughters were children, we used to temper chocolate from a great local chocolate factory, and make fancy chocolates, a lot like you’d get at a confectionery, but better ’cause they were made with love. We’d send them all over the country to friends and family. They were always a great hit. The book that helped us get started was Wilton Candy Making for Beginners.
My husband used to fool gullible-types by telling them that the name of the chocolate in a box of store-bought treats was inscribed on the inside of the chocolate. If you could manage to scrape off all the innards, you’d find the name. I don’t know how many people he coaxed into mangling their chocolate.
I hope you have a wonderful Chocolate Covered Anything day. Remember: when it comes to chocolate, nothing is safe.