Thursday, September 19, 2019

Chocolate In and Near Cincinnati

One day was not enough to fully explore Cincinnati but I had one day early in September and a friend who recently moved back to the city who was willing to be tour guide so I took advantage of it. I went easy on my search for chocolatey treats to not bore my friend or lover but I did still find some.  Ready to see what I found?

We left early to find parking (which is more than reasonably compared to what Pittsburgh was) and then looked around downtown Cincinnati specifically the Fountain Square area. So many wonderful murals have been painted on walls all over the city but I also ran across Zablong which appeared to be a pizza joint even though their sign proclaimed they had more than pizza and highlighted salad and fudge... fudge? We had to stop in and see what they had. The owner happened to be there and he told me that they made everything right there in the store including the fudge. It was delicious by the way.

I Love Cincinnati Shop
We went into a tourist center on the Fountain Square but they had neither postcards (boo) nor chocolate. They told us where to get postcards nearby and there I also found these buckeyes where are the state candy if Ohio has a state candy. I grew up eating buckeyes in Iowa but I knew they were more associated with Ohio. Basically they are rounds of peanut butter 80% covered with chocolate. These are by Masha's which is an Ohio brand. They tasted example like I expected plus you can buy then single, this three pack or even in larger quantities.

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Post a disappointing lunch at a diner in the Carew Building, we went to find a cupcake shop in the same building we had seem signage for: Abby' Girl Sweets. You can go into the bakery which features traditional cupcakes and individual cheesecake cupcakes. I got two chocolate ones -- Triple Chocolate and Classic Chocolate -- as well as two others for my lover. We shared them and all were great tasting even after a couple of days because Moderation is one of our mottos here on The Chocolate Cult. Order more to save money.

Sweet Dream Candy Co.
We went across the river to nearby Newport to their aquarium and discovered a nearby candy shop called Sweet Dreams Candy Co. We were in the aquarium for a couple of hours but I saw the candy folks selling cotton candy inside of it. When we finished with the fish and related marine life we went to the candy company where I discovered that they are actually owned by the aquarium. They had a lot of variety but I focused on their in-house fine chocolates which were reasonably priced. I picked five dark chocolate pieces and loved them all!

Graeter's Ice Cream Shop
Finally we ended our day with my friend by going out for ice cream at an Ohio favorite, Graeter's. Back on the Square I'd seen this brand but their store was shut for remodeling so I was thrilled to see this one in Mariemont a village near Cincinnati close to where we had dinner. The server behind the misunderstood me when I asked about three chocolate flavors then asked for two scoops because he gave me three... oh, well, I had to suffer to report on this for you all, right? I was so hot from the humidity outside that I ate half of them before I remembered to take this photo for you all. Sorry but it was delicious.

If I go back to Cincinnati again I want to check for more chocolatey treats so if you know of any, leave a comment and tell me please.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Chocolate in Pittsburgh

When you think Pittsburgh, do you think chocolate? Maybe not but I found six shops that sold candy and chocolate plus a fair several of small makers at a farmer's market in the city when I visited on Thursday, September 5, 2019. I reviewed on, The MilkShake Factory last week so today I'm going to reveal the other chocolatey stops I found in and near the Cultural district. I walked to all of these and I'm going to show them in the order that we found them. You may notice that we trekked a bit back and forth depending on when the shops opened.

Our first night we just wanted to get some dinner and then walk along the North Shore for a while. The night manager at the Holiday Inn recommended Burgatory and we found it. It had awesome milkshakes as you can see in this Nutella Crunch that I got.

The hotel we stayed in Pittsburgh was the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Pittsburgh North Shore. There was a chocolatey donut each morning at breakfast time. The photo below shows the most chocolatey one, the chocolate cake donut with a clear glaze but the second morning before we checked out there was a vanilla cake donut with chocolate glaze and mini chocolate chips, too.

We had a full day planned to explore the area around our hotel and across the river. The weather was very nice for it. While on our way to find one shop, we found another, Katie's Kandy inside Fifth Ave Place. They specialize in nostalgic candy but also have gourmet candies, too. I found dark chocolate versions I had not yet seen of three candy bars -- Crunch Dark, Twix Dark, and Dark Chocolate Mallow Cup.

Then we found the St. Moritz chocolate shop inside of Cynthias's Cards and Gifts at One Oxford Centre. They didn't seem to have a specialty but I noticed they had milk or dark chocolate covered nuts of almost every nut variety I could imagine so I got dark chocolate walnuts.

Then we found Sinful Sweets on Liberty Avenue which specialize in cupcakes and edible cookie dough. We couldn't safely transport cupcakes around so I got the Brownie Batter variety of cookie dough in a tub.

Just two doors down was The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company that my partner wanted to check out. They had two chocolatey flavors but I got the Chocolate Caramel to try out.

Then we found the Market Square Farmers Market nearby where we had lunch. Inside I found four little shops that sold either chocolatey baked goods or fudge!

I know I missed a ton of chocolate so leave comments and let me know about your favorite places to enjoy chocolate in Pittsburgh. If you are a chocolate, candy, or bakery in Pittsburgh and want to get a feature article for our worldwide readers to learn about your creations, contact me and we'll make that work.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Chocolate Related Recalls for September 15, 2019

After a few weeks of no chocolate recalls to share, I sadly must share one today.

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Ritter Sport Kaffeesplitter
Ritter Sport Recall

Stark Group International of Greenvale, NY is recalling all codes of its 100 gram packages of Ritter Sport -KAFFEESPLITTER because they may contain undeclared milk allergens. Consumers who are allergic to milk allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Ritter Sport KAFFEESPLITTER were distributed nationwide in retail stores. The product comes in a 3.5 ounce/100 gram, brown plastic package. The product UPC code is 000417 927002.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared milk allergens in the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport– KAFFEESPLITTER which did not declare a milk ingredient on the label.

Consumers who have purchased the 3.5 ounce/100 gram packages of Ritter Sport – KAFFEESPLITTER are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 516-626-3704

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