Sweets from the Sweet

After last week’s discussion of sickness, why don’t we talk about something sweet? Or maybe even many sweet things? Sounds good, right? I agree.

This past Christmas, a few sweet people gave me more than a few sweet gifts. I’m not embarrassed to admit that my immediate family still does the Christmas stocking thing. We like our traditions! And I think my mom likes pretending that we’re still kids. I don’t mind, either, especially not this year when she filled my stocking with a preponderence of delicious vegan treats. Although some of them fell squarely in the savory camp (roasted seaweed snacks!), the majority were sweet – Jocolat bars and dried fruit leather, for example. Perhaps the most exciting sweet treat was a six-piece box of Nicobella truffles.

Thin rectangular box filled with six small rectangular truffles.

Simple and elegant.

Aren’t they just gorgeous, all nestled into that pretty orange box? And the flavors were equally inspiring: blueberry almond, ginger green tea, pumpkin chai, pure cocoa bliss, walnut flaxseed, and sunflower butter banana. I savored these slowly over the course of a week or two, proving that my self-control has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years. ;) I think the pumpkin chai was my favorite, but plain ol’ pure cocoa bliss was up there, too. A few of the flavors had a little bit of grittiness to the chocolate centers, but it wasn’t overwhelming or unpleasant. I’d love to try some other Nicobella varieties, especially their peanut butter squares! I’m a sucker for all things peanut butter + chocolate, and these are sweetened with my beloved maple syrup.

Luckily for me, my Christmas haul included a peanut butter-y, chocolate-y treat. S gave me a whole box of homemade peanut butter cups!

Three round chocolate peanut butter cups on pieces of cut parchment paper.

Handmade!

These were just as delicious as they look. If only S would make me treats more often! If that’s too time-consuming, I’d settle for some store-bought goods. S’s mom gave me (among other things) three Go Max Go candy bars. I joked that she’s my official Go Max Go dealer – the only other time I’ve eaten them was when she gave me a few for Christmas last year! I hope it’s a tradition that continues, because they’re the nearest equivalent to candy bars of yore that I’ve found. Although I can rarely eat an entire bar without getting sugar overload these days, sometimes you just want something that tastes like the chocolate bars of your childhood.

Whew – that’s a lot of chocolate for one post! I just finished up my last peanut butter cup this week, meaning that my stash lasted a month. Not too bad, right? ;)

What sweet treats have you eaten lately?

P.S. I’m going to be in Seattle this weekend/next week on a work trip (and visit with my brother) – if you’ve got recommendations for things to do or places to eat, send ’em my way!

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