Sometimes when things sound too good to be true, they are. Our family decided to take a trip up to Sedona, AZ to celebrate the new year. Each year the Los Abrigados resort hosts an event called Sedona’s Red Rock Fantasy, a holiday lights display. We were looking to get out of town and still enjoy the spirit of the holidays. We took our girls last year and they had a great time.
While our daughters where having a great time destroying the hotel beds by jumping back and forth between the two, I picked up the local magazine which had a featured article on chocolate. Being a terrible chocolate junkie, I was curious as to who had the best chocolate in town. Opting to try something different I focused on the two bakeries that offered raw chocolate. I had heard of good-for-you (and raw) chocolate, specifically Chava Chocolate, and was curious about it.
According to the article raw chocolate is full of antioxidants. Awesome! Antioxidants are great for the skin and have so many other health benefits. And raw chocolate does not have caffeine. Caffeine is introduced to chocolate when it is heated. Me and caffeine are not the best of friends so chocolate without caffeine would be heaven (or so I thought). I started contemplating how I could get my husband to take a drive to get some of this chocolate.
Without much of a fuss he agreed to check out the chocolate shop. The flavors were interesting (which should have been a huge red flag). We picked out about 10 pieces of chocolate. The total was $22; each piece of chocolate (the size of a bite size candy bar like the ones you get for Halloween) were $1.99 each! As we left the store my husband looked at me and said, “That better be some good chocolate.”
It’s not. The chocolate tastes horrible. My dreams of antioxidants and caffeine free chocolate were crushed with one bite of the raw chocolate. That is not to say that all raw chocolate is bad. I’m sure some of it does taste okay or even good. But not the stuff we bought. Oh well. I’m working on finishing the bag as I promised my husband I would. Next time I will ask for a sample before I buy too much of a good (or bad) thing. What have you purchased recently that you thought would be wonderful and it wasn’t?
by Kelly Damron
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