Sunday, May 1, 2016

7-Eleven and Chick-Fil-A Cookie Recalls

Recalls over undeclared peanuts in some cookies you can buy at Chick-Fil-A and 7-Eleven shops. Remember we are only sharing chocolate related varieties. Check the FDA links for other product affected by the recalls.

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Recall 1: Glenn Wayne Wholesale Bakery of Bohemia, NY, is recalling select 7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO brand cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The select 7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO Cookies were sold at 7-ELEVEN stores located throughout New York State.

The affected cookies are packed in a clear, plastic film, two cookies per package, NET WT. 4 OZ., with Best By dates codes: Friday 0422, Saturday 0423, and Sunday 0424 on the front label.

7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE, UPC 052548558741; Manhattan UPC: 052548570668;

7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIE, UPC 052548558758; Manhattan UPC: 052548570651;

7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO SUGAR COOKIE WITH M&M CHOCOLATE CANDY, UPC 052548558765; Manhattan UPC: 052548570644

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after one of our suppliers reported that three different cookie mixes may contain undeclared peanuts. These potentially contaminated cookie mixes were used in production and distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. The company and the ingredient supplier continue their investigation to determine the cause of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the above Best By Date codes of the affected cookies are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-255-0711, Monday – Friday, 8am - 5pm, EDT.
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Recall 2: Atlanta, GA – CSM Bakery Solutions is voluntarily recalling Chick-fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookies because they may contain low levels of undeclared peanut. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanut run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled products were distributed through Chick-fil-A Restaurants.


The recalled products can be identified as follows:

Material Name Lot Number Best by date Ship Date

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000146515 Sep/25/2016 4/2/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000146515 Sep/25/2016 4/13/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000146526 Oct/08/2016 4/15/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000146526 Oct/08/2016 4/15/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000148294 Sep/13/2016 3/25/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000148294 Sep/13/2016 3/25/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000153626 Sep/26/2016 4/5/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000153626 Sep/26/2016 4/4/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000153626 Sep/26/2016 4/5/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000155869 Sep/26/2016 4/6/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000155869 Sep/26/2016 4/7/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000155869 Sep/26/2016 4/6/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000155869 Sep/26/2016 4/6/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000155869 Sep/26/2016 4/13/16

COOKIE, TFF CFA CHOC CHNK OAT, NO THAW 1000157620 Oct/03/2016 4/13/16

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered by CSM during post-production testing that flour containing low-levels of undeclared peanut as a result of incidental contact was provided by a supplier to CSM Bakery Solutions. The flour was used in products distributed by CSM in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanut.

Consumers and wholesale customers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact CSM Bakery Solutions at 1-800-241-8526 extension 4, option 3. Calls can be made to this office during normal business hours (EST) during the week. Email inquiries can be sent to CSMrecall@csmbakerysolutions.com.
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Recall 3: Bakery Express of Southern California of Fullerton, CA is recalling 7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO brand cookies, because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The 7-ELEVEN FRESH TO GO cookies were distributed and sold throughout Southern California State including Los Angeles, San Diego, and Bakersfield local 7-Eleven stores.

The affected cookies are packed in a clear, plastic film with two cookies per package. Net weight of the package is 4oz., and products are labeled with Best By dates found on the front of the package above the ingredient list. Affected UPC Codes and Best By dates listed below:

7-Eleven Fresh To Go Chocolate Chunk Cookie, UPC: 052548558741

Product Description Best By Dates

Choco chunk (1421) 0425
Choco chunk (1421) 0424
Choco chunk (1421) 0423
Choco chunk (1421) 0422
Choco chunk (1421) 0421
Choco chunk (1421) 0420
Choco chunk (1421) 0419
Choco chunk (1421) 0418
Choco chunk (1421) 0417
Choco chunk (1421) 0416
Choco chunk (1421) 0415
Choco chunk (1421) 0414

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after one of our suppliers reported that three different frozen cookies dough pucks may have contained undeclared peanuts. These potentially contaminated cookie pucks were used in production and distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. The company and the ingredient supplier continue their investigation to determine the cause of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the above Best By date codes of the affected cookies are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-714-446-9470 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, PST.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Containers for Travel Chocolate Finds

I just got back from a 10 day trip through seven states and I kept my eyes open for local chocolate and candy shops that I could check out and tell you all about. When I'm "On the Road" we often test in the moment because it can be a challenge to bring things back home. Long car drives, iffy climate controls in hotels, and the frustration of bringing containers along just make it easier to try out treat immediately. A couple month back, the Amazon Vine Program offered me these DII Silicone Collapsible Airtight Food Storage Containers (Set of 2). I took these along with us to try them out traveling. Other than being sent the two containers for free in exchange for an honest review on Amazon, I received no other form of compensation. In fact, this review is a bonus for them and you!



I used them to pack away snacks for the long trip such as these milk chocolate covered raisins for my husband. The size and same of the container allowed him to just rest it between his legs on his seat so he could just reach down and snag a snack when it wanted it. The softness of the silicone didn't hurt him as hard plastic containers have in the past. However the container is firm enough that he didn't have to worry about the treats spilling out as he has with bags.



I also used these containers to store some of the treats I bought at shop so that they would not get damaged and we could eat them later. You don't need to eat every part of a bar or bag of candy or chocolate but often I think we do when we travel simply because it is a challenge to store them where they will not break or melt.

These containers are microwave safe, leak proof, collapsible, and dishwasher safe according to the bottom of each one and the card that was enclosed with them. After opening them I washed them on the top rank of our automatic dishwasher to both test out that claim and just as a safety precaution that I do with all new kitchen items. In this photo you can see the front one is collapsed to about 1/2 the height of the expanded version. If you'd like to check them out, use this link and you'll also be helping out The Chocolate Cult in the process. DII Silicone Collapsible Airtight Food Storage Containers (Set of 2)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On the Road with The Chocolate Cult Spring 2016

Seven US states in ten days is quite a trek but I managed to find some new chocolate stops along this journey. Granted we didn't take the same trek but a different route in part because I wanted to see what was out there so I could share it all with you. Many of the discoveries were courtesy of family such as those you see in this first photo -- aunts, uncles, and a cousin introduced us to a place near St. Louis that I'll discuss very soon. In total I found seven new locations with chocolate and returned to two others. Ready to go on the road with me?

Our first stop on April 9, 2016, was at the Bobby's Frozen custard in Maryville, Illinois. This is a favorite place for our Boschert Aunt and Uncle and they treated all seven of us that you could see in the photo above. I've never had frozen custard; yes, there are still many things in this world your Chocolate Priestess has yet to sample. I got a regular chocolate concrete with chocolate chips; about the most chocolatey thing I could could make their without additional costs. It was very good but nutritionally it is more calories than ice cream without really added benefits so I should have gotten mini. But this was vacation so I splurged!


The next day, April 10, 2016, were kept seeing signs along the highway about chocolate and some place called Ozarkland. Neither my hubby nor me had ever heard of this place before but normally we don't take the southern route for these family visits. We followed the signs and found it in Kingdom City, Missouri. This is a chain of five gift, candy, and souvenir shops in that state.


They specialize in fudge so of course we had to get some. We did their buy "four blocks of fudge get two free" deals. We both found the fudge to be very sweet but I went with darker more chocolatey varieties (photo below) so I also found them to be very balanced in flavors. They also sell candy and a lot of other items. The lower level seemed to be higher quality goods that the upper floor but we explored it all.


On April 11, 2016, we stayed at a hotel in Council Bluffs Iowa very near the border between Iowa and Nebraska so we slipped to explore downtown Omaha. We had lunch at a sort of hippie natural food place (I ate nettles for the first time!) and asked where the best chocolate was. We headed off to find the Old Market area and explored it. We found two places that we had time to visit; another we saw but simply ran out of time. The first place we found just as it was opening for the day at 3pm was CupCake! Omaha.


We got an Oreo Cupcake and split it then decided we should have each gotten a cupcake... next time, we'll do a weekend in Omaha and fully explore and eat more of the city. It really did mimic the well-known cookie with cream in the center that, like the frosting, was not just a traditional frosting but really tasted like the cookie's cream filling.


We also found Old Market Candy Shop and chatted with owner Mike Pivonka for a while. Found out that he used to live and work in Indiana. This was the shop the restaurant told us to find; CupCake! was a bonus find along our walk.


They make all sorts of candy and fudge but since we just had fudge from Ozarkland we went with a few of their candy creations instead. Check out the milk chocolate molded Nebraska piece!


We didn't get chocolate again until April 14, 2016, when my in-laws took us to two new places in their city of Brookings, South Dakota. The first was a stop at Choco Latte not far from the hotel we were staying at. We'd seen it and the local magazine in the hotel listed it as well.


They also specialize in fudge (what is up with fudge and the Midwest, folks?) but beyond the sliver samples I bought two bags of milk chocolate treats they make -- ridged potato chips and strawberry licorice. Both were excellent, among the best of those types of treat that I've ever had. The fudge was average for such a shop.


The second Brookings chocolate find during was an afternoon trip downtown where we went to The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. that I did a feature on this past Saturday. Click the link and you can see details about that but here's a photo of their sign if you want to look for them.


The third stop in Brookings was to the new location of the SDSU Dairy Bar which has expanded a lot since we were last there back in 2010.


They still sell both cheese and ice cream but we got the ice cream. I got chocolate marshmallow with dark chocolate with chocolate chips scoops.


On the way from Brookings to my hometown in Vinton, Iowa, on April 15, 2016, we stopped at one of our favorite rest stops, The Top of Iowa Welcome Center which looks like a barn and has two fully functioning levels.


Last time visited I wrote about the little cafe there but this time I found something chocolatey in the Barn Boutique, the gift shop of Iowa goods.


They had these chocolate covered sunflower seeds as well as caramels; the seeds are good but really more candy than chocolate covered.


No places that might have had chocolate were open in Vinton except the same places we've covered before. SIGH. Everytime we try to visit the frozen yogurt or that coffee house they are closed! So Vinton gets no chocolate lover other than to saw that I found different products in their local Fareway grocery shop than I've seen in my Kroger but I might talk about those in the future. On the way back we stopped at a Perkins (we love the chain, none in our town) and it turned out to be Free Pie Monday! I think this was a western side of Peoria. I got the French Silk Pie and hubby got the Peanut Butter Cream Pie that also had chocolate.


So those were our chocolatey finds along our Spring Visiting Family Trip 2016. What did we miss? What should we find the next time? Leave comments and let me know!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Adorable Cooking Shop Find in South Dakato

I was on a road trip that you'll learn more about next week but today I want to highlight one of the wonderful places I discovered on my travels. I never mentioned that I write feature articles on brands who send us products to review, but the lovely lady at slipped this chocolate bar into my bag so she unknowingly earned this review. Had I only known I would have taken a lot more photos to share with you all! The shop is called The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. and they are located in Brookings, South Dakota. They offer a wide range of kitchen and cooking items plus classes. In fact, the next time I go back, if they are still in business, the owner, Kirsten, told me that they'd be interested in having me talk about chocolate or host a tasting. How cool would that be?





Speaking of the owner, here is Kirsten behind the counter.





The shop had a lot of neat little items. As you can see in the above photo, there are chocolate bars and treats at the checkout counter. A lot of these are from Terroir Chocolate that I had not heard of before. Kirsten slipped this 2 oz 43% Toasted Sesame bar into my bag when I bought this Chocolate Salt I found over on this display you can see below. This isn't a review of the chocolate but of the shop but I will say that I did like this bar and if the rest of The Carrot Seed's selection is as carefully chosen, this would be a good stop for chocolate.

The display in this photo to the left shows an array of baking mixes along the top that you could buy and most of these were also chocolate. This is also where the shop has other small food items like spices and this is where I found the Chocolate Salt. A baking mix sounds great but I had never seen chocolate before. Since I love to use my Cocoa Chilli powder, I thought this might be great as well plus it should last a long time. If I'd known I'd be getting the bar of chocolate, I would have taken some other photos because there are a couple of chocolate candy molds that were pretty neat as well as an apron with chocolate and dessert images on it.



I know that Brookings, SD, is small and that most of you reading this may never even go to South Dakota but if you are ever out that way do try to check out The Carrot Seed Kitchen Co. You can find the shop in downtown Brookings by looking for this sign on their door or the building top sign that I started this article off with. Their address is 312 Main Avenue. If you do, you'll find a friendly owner and a lot of cute and cool kitchen stuff. While you can't order cookware or mixes from their website, you can get gift cards and sign up for their classes online.