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Basic Food Groups: Chocolate
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Kisses Are you getting enough of the basic food groups? You know, breads, veggies, dairy, meats and CHOCOLATE? Yes, we've finally added chocolate as a food group, unofficially of course. But if we could make it official, I'm sure the folks at M&M/Mars (among others) would be very happy. I wasn't surprised to find literally thousands of Web sites devoted to chocolate. I've highlighted a few here, but there were so many, I may need to do another chocolate article soon. For this select group, I used Alta Vista as my search engine.

Being a San Francisco native, I grew up equating chocolate with Ghirardelli. In the early years, I ate far too many of their chocolate wafers which they sold in red, green, blue and gold foil tubes. Even though I still live within driving distance of Ghirardelli Square, I was pleased to find they have a Web site. While they do not have online ordering available, they do provide a phone number for placing orders. They also have a map of other shops available at the Square.

I still enjoy Ghirardelli chocolates, however, I now find myself drawn to finer chocolates. The Swiss Connection is a chocolate lover's dream. Here you will find an online outlet store featuring some of the finest Swiss chocolates. If you like Lindt chocolates, you'll be pleased to find a nice assortment available for ordering online, including their premium stuff -- Lindt Swiss Connoisseurs Gourmet Chocolates. Can you imagine anything more heavenly? While you're there, make a point of browsing through their online Recipe Book featuring chocolate recipes, of course!

Godiva also offers an online purchase center. They've gone that extra step providing you with a catalog, complete with pictures of their chocolatey confections. Some added features include a calendar of free sampling events and a list of store locations, but the most useful feature is their free gift reminder service. Just fill out the online form with important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Godiva will send you reminders via email, free of charge.


Quick Find:

Looking for a special place to take Mom this Mother's Day? Here are some resources!

Alta Vista
The Candy Store
Ghirardelli Square
All About Chocolate
Rocky Mountain
Swiss Connection
Willy Wonka

3/4 box Nilla Wafers, crushed
1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened
1 quart French vanilla ice cream, softened
6 Heath bars, crushed
Chocolate syrup

Line the bottom of a 10-inch spring-form pan with foil, and insert bottom into pan. Be sure that the seal is tight. Spread half of the Nilla wafers over the bottom of the pan to form a crust. Spread chocolate ice cream over the crust. Sprinkle remaining Nilla wafers and 3 of the Heath bars over the chocolate ice cream. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of both the chocolate syrup and Kahlua over that. Top that with the vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle remaining Heath bars on top, and drizzle chocolate syrup and Kahlua on top to decorate. Freeze overnight.

Remove from pan before serving.

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