Normally I am all about the dark chocolate. Anyone who read my CSI recaps for any period quickly learned that Scharffen Berger is near and dear to my heart. This is due to the 70% Bittersweet bars, although I never turn down the 62% Semisweet or the Nibby bars.
My idea of broadening my palate includes conceding that Valrhona makes a fine enough 71% bar, Le Noir, Joseph Schmidt's dark mini truffles are tasty enough (and a bargain compared to the delightful Recchiuti truffles), and baking comes out well enough with either Guittard or Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips. My idea of a good time includes hunting down artisanal chocolate shops trying things like tea-infused caramel or candied ginger in dark chocolate.
Yet I am sitting here staring at four little Hershey Miniatures. They've been stacked two-by-two, they've been stacked four high. They made a nice little square and a dubious-looking ziggurat. And three of them are milk chocolate. This is because they're all Hershey's mint miniatures, and while the Mint Special Dark is okay, the Mint Milk Chocolate is sublime. It's addictive.
Words don't do it justice, but I'm compelled to try: the creamy texture coats your mouth with sweetness, but before the rich, milky sugar smack becomes too much, the mint cuts right through, strong and cool. This bar is a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
Best of all, this is a really inexpensive holiday treat -- I picked up my last bag for $3, I think. If you excuse me, I have to get back to rearranging my little lovelies while I debate whether it's better to eat the dark chocolate up front, or sandwich it between two milk chocolate miniatures.
What's your favorite holiday candy fix? What about your favorite chocolate fix?