Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kozy Up to National Pudding Day 2016

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 26th, is National Pudding Day. In the past, to celebrate this fun food holiday, I've reviewed a homemade pudding cookbook and looked at instant puddings. Today I want to look at KozyShack's Indulgent Recipe line of ready to eat puddings, particularly the Dark Chocolate Variety. I choose this product to review using a coupon for a FREE product that I got from KozyShack in exchange for participating in the Cookie Swap in 2015. They did not expect me to review their product so this is a total surprise to them. No other form of compensation was received for my using these four cups in different ways to test it out and to write honestly about it.

The four pack has cups of 3.75 oz of pudding each. Each cup has 190 calories so  this is not a low calorie pudding. It is made with cocoa processed with alkali and it also contains dairy ingredients and tapioca if those are allergens for you. I used this product a couple of ways as an ingredient in some desserts and alone. When I used it as an ingredient, it worked well and was one less item that I had to make from scratch or worry about not having on hand. This image is of one such dessert that included another product I was sent to review.

Another time, I used items I had on hand, whipped cream, cacao nibs, and two of the puddings to make a larger layered dessert.

Alone, it looks very generic but it has a strong chocolate scent. It has a smooth texture and a slightly creamy taste that doesn't hide the edge of bitterness that I expect from a darker chocolate. Given the other ingredients you need to use to make pudding, creating one that has a dark chocolate flavor would be a challenge, I know having made pudding from scratch, so I am impressed by this product. If it had this many calories but still tasted like instant pudding made with skim milk, I wouldn't be impressed but this does seem like an indulgence in taste, texture, and calories to me.

If you want to celebrate National Pudding Day tomorrow and don't want to make pudding from scratch or an instant mix, I do suggest KozyShack Dark Chocolate Indulgence Recipe snack pack. Play with to create fancy looking dessert or just enjoy alone.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Another Massive Chocolate Related Recall, June 18, 2016

Like last weekend we have another massive recall, too many to share all of the information here so I've listed them under categories of why they are recalled and then linked to the FDA recall. Please take these seriously and check them out. Only YOU can protect your family and yourself by learning about recalls.
Listeria Recalls

Earnest Eats Recalls Earnest Eats Dark Chocolate Almond Chewy Granola Bars Because of Possible Health Risk

Unlisted Milk and Soy Recalls

Sinosharp Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergens in "Chocolate Flavored Cookies"

Simple Health LLC Announces The Recall of Tosi Cappuccino Crunch SuperBites For Undeclared Allergens

Peanut Residue in Flour Recalls

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Certain Snacks for Potential Undeclared Peanut Residue Due to Flour Supplier Recall

This list has several varieties of chocolate treats including: Keebler, Famous Amos, Mother's, Murray's, and Kellogg's Special K brands.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

How to Chocolate Up Popsicle Red Classics

I get offers to cover non-chocolate products on a monthly basis. I have no problem covering products you might be able to use with chocolate such as bakeware, products that feature chocolate like clothing, and books or media about chocolate. I also have no no problem covering products that I can chocolatify via chocolate and cocoa that I have readily on hand. It is with this in mind that I agree to look at the new sugar free product from Popsicle, their "Red Classics" when Unilever contacted me. Unilever sent me a coupon so I could find and acquire the product for free from a local grocery store; no other form of compensation was received for this article featuring my honest assessment of the products.

The great thing about these Sugar Free Popsicles is that they are only 15 calories each which makes it easy to add a bit of chocolate without going crazy on calories. Before we get to that, let's briefly look at the three varieties in the box -- Cherry, Raspberry, and Strawberry. Out of those three I like two of the basic flavors and I have Acolytes who love Raspberry so we have this covered in terms of basic tastes.

I had to think what I could add and immediately I had two ideas -- drizzle with chocolate sauce and coat in chocolate. Which do you think would work best?

I made a chocolate dip from white chocolate and unsweetened chocolate, 50/50 mix, melted in a microwave and then stirred. Then I dipped and rolled each of the four bars below, used a blunt knife edge to scrape off the excess melted chocolate and stuck them in the styrofoam. Note how quickly the melted chocolate solidified. By scraping off the excess, I've added at most 50 calories to the pop. Note: Do not dip these more than a few hours before you serve them. Oddly they actually melted a bit in the freezer after 24 hours!

The sundae chocolate sauce however did not solidify well, it merely dripped so these ended up looking messing. Now you could put the sauce on right before you ate it but it would still drip. How many calories you add them is a matter of how much you put on and when, but it would range from 50-100 calories for this sugar free variety that I used.

There you have it, two ideas of adding chocolate to your Popsicle. What are your ideas? Leave a comment and let me know.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Listeria, Peanut, and Dairy Recalls of Chocolate

It isn't over. The Listeria recall list just grows and grows. On top of that mountain of recalls we have the common missing ingredient information recalls to share with you, too. Remember we only cover chocolate related recall; keep up to date with all food recalls to protect you and your family, please. There are so many of these that I'm just going to list and link to them and include one photo for each. Follow the links and protect yourself because the products recalled include far more than are pictured in this post.

More Listeria Related Recalls

Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls One Salad Topping and Additional Trail Mix Products Due to Expanded Sunflower Seed Recall in the U.S.

Brown & Haley Expands Voluntary Recall of Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” Flavor Because of Possible Health Risk

Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Products After Sunflower Seed Supplier Expands Recall Due to Listeria Concerns

Rucker's Wholesale and Service Co. Recalls Sunflower Kernel, Sweet & Salty Mix, Cajun Hot Mix Because Of Possible Health Risk

Missing Dairy Ingredient Recalls

Herr Foods Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Waffle Works Brand of 4 oz. Double Chocolate Waffle Sandwiches due to Undeclared Milk: Allergy Concern for Those With Milk Allergy

Fal Foods USA Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in DF Mavens Chocolate Almond Fudge Frozen Bars

Peanut in Flour Recalls

Hostess Brands, LLC Issues Recall On Possible Undeclared Peanut Residue In Certain Snack Cake And Donut Products