When your Chocolate Priestess was visiting South Dakota this past spring, she found two chocolate shops in one city after going for hundreds of miles without seeing any candy-dedicated stores that didn't just sell mass produced junk. One of these chocolate shops, Watertown Confectionary, has treats designed for the entire family and donated some of their products to us, so today I want to reveal them to you and share them with the entire world.
One of these is the "Tater Chip Patty," and unlike the chocolate-dipped potato chips we've revealed before on The Chocolate Cult, this one is made from crushed potato chips. It has a strong chocolate and potato chip scent when I cut it from the plastic sleeve. It is solid and immediately starts to melt on my fingertips when I pick it up. It has a constant crunch when I take a bite and chew. The milk chocolate and the potato chips are an interesting combination and surprisingly complement each other very well. In fact, I'd say these are more rustic style chips than similar products we've had in the past and thus give this a more earthy essence. The pieces of chips can be seen within the chocolate, so this is not some sort of potato paste but actual crushed up chips.
The "Dakota Style Tater Patty" is made from "Dakota Style Jalapeno flavored" chips. When I think of South Dakota, I have to confess I don't think of spicy or hot in terms of climate or food, but we'll give this a try and compare it to the plain version. This smells very similar to the previous patty, but it does have that spicy fragrance that I find is apparent in many Jalapeno flavored foods. The taste has a little kick to it but not too much, so you might still enjoy it if you aren't a spicy fan; in fact, I think kids would find this acceptable, too -- not to mention fun, which is what I thought when I saw the various patties they sold at Watertown Confectionery.
Overall these are good milk chocolate treats that range from fancier pieces in the box to kid friendly patties at reasonable prices. You can check out the Watertown Confectionary's product line online, but you really need to check my reviews and contact Vickie or Mike to learn what they have in stock at any given time, since there are no detailed descriptions or even a product list on the website. If you are anywhere near Watertown, SD, today -- May 15, 2010 -- is their new store's grand opening at 116 E. Kemp Avenue, so go check them out.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.