February 1, 2012

National Dark Chocolate Day

"Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets." - Milton Zelman

It's National Dark Chocolate Day!

Sponsored by: Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels

When we were very young, my mom would take my sister and I to the mall every single Friday night. It was our very special girl's night out. We would laugh and hold hands, buying treasures with our allowance money. And towards the end of our evening we would each get a big, warm pretzel with nacho cheese from the kitschy-decorated pretzel stand located right in the middle of the mall. And we would sit nearby, dunking and munching without a single care in the world us three girls.

To this day, my sister and I can randomly ask the other, "Remember the pretzel stand?"

"The pretzel stand! THE PRETZEL STAND!" The other one of us replies, throwing our hands in the air dramatically, longing for those twisted, salty delicacies from our youth.

As you can imagine, I was touched when Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels wanted to participate in this year's attempt to eat the year. They had no idea of my fondness, or of the important and genuinely wholesome memories, I have revolving around the knotted German dough. It's a delight to eat their pretzels, because they remind me so much of those that I had when I was just a freckled kid with a bratty little sister and a mom that loved us unconditionally. And it's always a treat when a smell, or sound, or flavor can flood you with warm, happy emotions and memories.

If you've never tried Kim and Scott's Gourmet Pretzels before, I HIGHLY encourage that you do. I've had their "Cheddar Jalapeno" (and nearly snapped like a defensive, famished dog at anyone who came near it while I was eating) pretzels - they're spicy and gooey, and exactly what you would hope they taste like!

Tonight was no different: to celebrate Dark Chocolate Day, I got the chance to try their "Chocolate Crumb" stuffed gourmet pretzels. They absolutely hit the ball outta the park with these. They're not artificially or cloyingly sweet; they actually have a really pleasant mellow flavor with different textures of chocolate throughout. They seriously delight my inner kid, and the chocoholic she grew up to be.

Check 'em out on Facebook or Twitter; but, more importantly - do yourself a favor, and grab a box of them. Dredge in cheese, dip in mustard, or use to scoop up your potato salad with (don't judge, it was my favorite food-combo a couple summers ago). You won't be disappointed.

Happy National Dark Chocolate Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.