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Friday, November 9, 2012

Chocolates and Sweets and... a WOLFISHLY YOURS giveaway

I have a confession to make, not that it will be a huge surprise to anyone who knows me, but it’s a confession nonetheless. I have a sweet tooth (it may or may not have a cavity. I’m not telling.) There, I’ve said it.
At my office, I keep a basket stocked with chocolate and a smaller basket stocked with non-chocolate candy. Yes, the candy needs to be segregated or the non-chocolate candy starts to taste a little *like* chocolate. And we can’t have THAT. You might wonder why I have so much candy in my office. Well…I learned a long time ago, those with candy are more popular in an office setting than those without and I like to be popular.
Isn't this hilarious? My sister doesn't agree. Spoilsport.
Anyway, I travel quite a bit as a lot of you know. When I go to the beach, I always get salt water taffy. When I was in France, I sampled amazing pastries. When I visited Belgium, I had to get chocolate. I mean it was Belgium, people! Although a certain scientist has told me that the best chocolate can be found in Germany. I think, of course, that he’s a little biased; but I’m equally sure I’ll give it a taste when I get there next year. I once drove around all over the Rocky Mountains looking for a Sees Chocolate store since the one I had known about was no longer in that particular location. And I needed to buy chocolate cigars for my son and nephews, because…Well, that’s just what I do – I hand out chocolate cigars to little boys. It’s my thing. (AND it drives my very prim sister crazy to see her sons with huge cigars in their mouths and I happen to find THAT hilarious.)
Anyway, with all that traveling and my sweet tooth, I’ve seen and tasted quite a bit.
But what city has the sweetest candy with a bit of local flavor? For me, New Orleans wins hands down. There is something about pralines that I just adore! It may be because when I first tried it as a child, I was instantly hooked (that and my grandmother always had pralines & cream ice cream in her freezer). It may be because I love the way the right praline (not the chewy ones that I don’t particularly care for) will simply melt on your tongue, all brown sugary goodness filling your mouth until you nearly pass out from a sugar high. It might be because I love pecans and all the flavors one can get in praline form – chocolate, peanut butter, rum, toffee, coconut (I could go on and on and on and…well, you get the picture) and, of course, the original flavor is one of my all time favorites.
I think she's missing pralines right here!
Doesn't she look hungry?
 Oh... wait. I think it's him she's after.
Well, he looks yummy too. 
I would *like* to say that while researching the character of Liviana Mayeux for my Lydia Dare release WOLFISHLY YOURS that I ate pralines to get in touch with the heroine - a New Orleans native (half-English/half-French) who has been shipped off to her grandfather in England to become a lady after tromping through the bayous and swamps of Louisiana all of her life. But that would be a lie. I ate pralines while co-writing this book because I was lucky enough to have returned to New Orleans, and I stocked up on my most favorite sweet of all.
Those boxes are long gone, but luckily I’ll be returning to the Big Easy in March and I can stock once more (and I’ll have to go by Café Du Monde too, because it *is* New Orleans and the beignets are so deliciously sweet.)
So now it’s your turn. What is your favorite sweet? And more importantly, where can I find it? Two lucky commenters will win a copy of WOLFISHLY YOURS. (US and Canada only.)

53 comments:

  1. My favorite sweet thing to eat is anything with dark chocolate. I tend to keep the Dove dark chocolate Promises around the house for a quick fix. I'll buy various flavors to try in different brands. But if it is dark chocolate, chances are I will love it. Thank goodness dark chocolate has antioxidant properties, so I can justify eating it (in moderation).

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    1. Cat ~ I'm glad you have the antioxidant excuse, but I can't use it. Dark chocolate is just not my thing. It must be too healthy. LOL. But Dove MILK chocolate is to die for. :)

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    2. You know those bottled Frapuccinos that you buy? Well, when Erin Knightley and I were in Asheville earlier this week, we stopped at a convenience store for a couple of things. They had a dark chocolate mocha variety which I'd never seen before. It was HEAVEN. It tasted just like chocolate milk, with just a hint of coffee flavor added. Best thing ever (ignoring all of the fat and calories and whatnot).

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    3. I find when indulging in sweets, it's best not to think about fat and calories and whatnot. LOL

      I haven't seen a Starbucks dark chocolate mocha variety. I know someone who would love that flavor, I'll have to see if I can find some. Thanks!

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  2. Really my favorite. I have a serious sweet tooth and I can't limit it to just one so here is the list:
    Margarita cupcake from Crush Cakes in Santa Barbara, CA
    Salt water taffy: wherever you can find it.
    My coconut cupcakes: home baked at my house
    That's about it I'm sure I can think of more as the day goes on since it's cold outside

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    1. Melody ~ coconut is one of my absolute favorite flavors. And coconut cakes rank up toward the top of my list. Yummy!

      But thanks for the tip on Santa Barbara. I'm sure I'll get there some time and now I have a reason. ;)

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  3. LOL I love your confession. The book looks fab too. My favorite sweet? Butter toffee from The Swiss Colony (online) OMG, that stuff can ruin it if you let it. Soft, buttery, salty, sweet toffee with a rich chocolate coating sprinkled with ground almonds. *sigh*

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    1. Sandra ~ OMG! That sounds delicious! And they're online? Hold on, I'll be right back.

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  4. My favorite sweets to eat are Fry's Peppermint Cream, covered in dark chocolate, Crunchies (honeycomb covered in milk chocolate) and Cadbury's Fruit and Nut Chocolate. The Fry's and Cruchies can be found at Publix Supermarkets in their English section, or at any English Store selling British products. The Cadbury's Fruit and Nut chocolate can be found at Walgreens, and some Target's. As you can probably tell, I have a love of my British sweeties. Amazon also carry a lot of British candy.

    I've read a few reviews of your book , and it sounds like a really enjoyable read. Thank you for this opportunity.

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    1. Diane ~ The Crunchies sound amazing. Honeycomb covered in milk chocolate? YUMMY!

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  5. I like most any sweets--Chocolate, Muffins,Candy,Cake, Ice Cream Bought 10 candy bars from a candy sale- ate 3 and gave the rest to my grandkids. My very very favorite is a PayDay candy bar. I finished 1 1/2 pints of Ice Cream (Ben and Jerry's) this week. I have a 100% allery to dairy products, but as you see it doesn't stop me.

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    1. Shelley ~ OMG! You have a 100% allergy to dairy products? And you ate 1.5 pints of ice cream. Now THAT is dedication! :)

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  6. I live in Louisiana, and yes, pralines are addicting. However, my favorites are Tastykakes from back home http://www.tastykake.com/ (Butterscotch Krimpets or the Kandycakes). Imagine my happiness when I started finding them locally here, and I didn't have to do mail order every other month to get my fix!

    Now, if we can get Entenmanns... http://www.entenmanns.com/ My waistline may never recover!

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    1. Trish ~ You were mail ordering tastykakes every other month? And you LIVE where pralines live? LOL! I'm glad you're able to find them locally now. :)

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    2. LOL, yes, yes I was doing internet ordering every other month. A case at a time, or whenever they were on sale. I grew up on Taskykakes so its a taste of my hometown (North of Philly). What can I say, I'm a Yankee..

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    3. You ARE a Yankee living in Louisiana. Those are two very different worlds.

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  7. LOL! I don't keep chocolate on my desk for that reason - I'd never get anything done for the visitors. I love dark chocolate and find that I can now easily walk past milk chocolate without a backward glance. But my favorite sweet treat is bread pudding - Momma Corey (my grandmother that lived with us) would make it and I'd find it warm on the stove when I got in from school. After many, many years I finally found the recipe and have successfully made it myself!

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    1. Donna ~ Oh! I love bread pudding! Unless it has raisins in it. I do *not* like cooked raisis. My motto is: There is nowhere in the world where a raisin is that a chocolate chip wouldn't be better.

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  8. It would have to be REAL Belgium chocolates! My husband and I lived in Paris for a number of years and he would have meetings at the Von Karmen Institute in Brussels. I would tag along and spend the day visiting museums, old churches and meandering around The Grand Place. There were wonderful lace shops, The Mannequin Pis statue which had been stolen many times by different countries and an old, old spice cookie store. Best of all was the Belgium chocolate store. I would buy it the last day we were there, always remembering to get an extra box for my husband's wonderful secretary. Real Belgium chocolates has only a couple days shelf life as it's made with fresh eggs, butter, cream and no preservatives. Decadence is hardly the word to describe it. I can buy what is called Belgium chocolates in the U.S., but it is not the same at all. Sigh...

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    1. Connie ~ You are preaching to the choir! The chocolates I had walking around Brugges were the best things ever! What a delightful country!

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  9. My favorite sweets are York Peppermint Patties! You can find them amywhere!

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    1. Julie ~ You know... they are too pepperminty for me. I'm not sure why. My son LOVES them. If I smell them I'm ok. ;)

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  10. Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the newest release! I'm a sucker for white chocolate truffles... in fact, I feel the need to go get one right now :)

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    1. Erin ~ I adore white chocolate (even though my son tells me over and over that it isn't real chocolate.) I might need some too. :)

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  11. I love dark chocolate and I love smarties. I can these things all day.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Debby ~ Ihave a whole basket of smarties in my office!

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  12. I'm a sugar slut. I'll take it any way, all day. ;} Congrats on your new release!!!

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    1. Andris ~ A sugar slut? LOL! You always have such a way with words. :)

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  13. Sarris Chocolate factory, near my hometown, has amazing chocolate. Tastes like home to me!

    Congrats on the new release!

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    1. Deb ~ I think you mentioned this to me. This is the place you get your sons' Easter candy from, right?

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    2. Yes...it would not be the same without it!

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  14. I absolutely love Dove chocolate!!!!! The way they melt in you mouth!! You can get them anywhere. I love all chocolates but that would be the best, must have sweet!!!

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    1. Brandi ~ Dove is so nice and smooth. (I sometimes even keep it stocked in the office.)

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  15. I love pralines! Whenever I go to a fair and they have the freshly roasted and ready to buy I cannot help myself! Almonds tend to be my favorite -but pecans are especially good as well! yummmmm! I will buy and eat a whole bag. The idea of sharing is scandalous!

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    1. Susan ~ A woman after my own heart. Pralines are amazing!! I'm so craving them now.

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  16. My favorite is dark chocolate truffles. I buy them from a local bakery near my house. So yummy.

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    1. Marquita ~ What is the name of the bakery????

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  17. Chocolate, of course. I love White Chocolate Peppermint things (peppermint bark, WCP truffles, whatever). I get them from Target, mostly.

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    1. Aquarian Dancer ~ Peppermint bark during the holidays is amazing!

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  18. I love pralines, too! I also am a chocoholic. Most anything, but give me some soft chocolate fudge with lots of pecans, and, I'm a happy gramma. Of course, Any chocolate with caramel inside. Yummmy! Real easy to find in Texas. Would love to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Maxie ~ Fudge. How did I forget to mention fudge? And caramel. Oh, I adore caramel. Growing up Caramello was my most favorite candy bar. Soft gooey caramel.

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  19. I am a caramel and chocolate kinda girl but since I'm Mexican I do enjoy some other types of sweets. Usually I'm really picky about the Mexican candy I eat because they can be quite strong flavored and not necessarily sweet. One of my favorites are called Rellerindos. They are a tamarind shaped flavored hard candy that starts off sweet but once you get closer to the center it gets spicy and soft. For some people it's an acquired taste but I enjoy them a lot. I don't know if every Wal-Mart carries them but I know they do here. You can also find them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vero-Mexican-Tamarindo-Candy-Rellerindos/dp/B003XVWUD8

    If you do get a chance to try them, don't chew them! Eat them like you would a Jolly Rancher

    Adria
    adria(.)rose_03(at)yahoo(.)com

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    1. Adria ~ Thanks for the suggestion. Rellerindos sound yummy. I'll check them out but I won't chew them. I promise. :)

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  20. I love Dark Chocolate - used to be that meant Mounds Bars, but since Dark chocolate is now good for us, there are lots more options, but that Mounds dark chocolate + coconut remains a favorite.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Di ~ Another dark chocolate lover! I've always thought if they would just make Almond Joy with no almonds or Mounds with milk chocolate, I would be THE happiest chocolate lover ever. :)

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  21. My favorite sweet is anything chocolate really, but if I'm given Godiva chocolates I'm in heaven. And you can get them online, so no worries. :D I've received them by mail before, they come in a styrofoam cooler with dry ice so they don't melt, which I think is awesome.

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    1. Barbara ~ How could I not mention Godiva!?!? They have a store in one of the malls near me. I *have* to get a nice truffle whenever I'm there. :)

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  22. I love Baklava! Find it at any Greek restaurant, a fair number of bakeries, or at my house :)
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Adriane ~ Baklava is awesome! My old boss was Greek and her mother who only spoke Greek would make it for me on a fairly regular basis. So yummy!

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  23. Hi Lydia!

    You defiately hit my sweet spot with your question so please keep my favorite sweet treat a secret since I'm suppose to be on a strick diet!

    The one treat I can't resist is making a cherry covered cheescake for my family which of course I have to try to make sure it came out right! A friend actually had to sneak a copy she made late at night of her "secret family receipe" out of her grandmother's home to get it for me! One of it's secret ingredients is using crushed ziebach for the crust and it's sinfully delicious and a family favorite.

    It literally melts in your mouth and is not to be missed! You're welcome to join us for the holiday of your choice since it's always served no matter the holiday or time of year!

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  24. Jeanne ~ That sounds delicious. I *do* love a good cherry cheesecake. I would never think of putting ziebach in the crust. You might see me pop in *every* holiday now. :)

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS ~ SUSAN AND ADRIA!

    You've both won a copy of WOLFISHLY YOURS. Send your home address to me at ava@avastoneauthor.com

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