This past Thursday, we braved winds that knocked down trees all over town. Basically, we risked our lives for the love of chocolate.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Whole Foods in Montclair and West Orange invited the community to their Chocolate Festivals. My three kids and I headed to West Orange to test it out. You know, to see if Chocolate Fest was any good.
So, if you still need a last-minute Valentine’s present, run to Whole Foods for the following four items that pleased our sophisticated pallets. Those pallets being mine, my twin 3-year-olds, a 1-year-old (the car hijacker from Verona Park) and a German.*
1. Adirondack Creamery Chocolate Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with Bananas.
The creamy cream was a luscious velvety not-too-sweet treat with an explosion of banana flavor. The 1-year-old said, “Yummy.”
2. Chicken Mole
This was in the prepared food section. You know, the goodies hidden behind glass so you can’t sneeze on them. It wasn’t as good as the chicken mole at Rosa Mexicana, but I also didn’t have to drive to NYC and pay for parking either. My 3-year-old said, “More please.”
3. Bakehouse Heart-Shaped Brownie
This treat was so good that I forgot that I had skipped my hip hop class at New York Sports. It was soft, chewy, moist with bursts of chocolate chip fudge in every bite. I had to tear the German away from this station.
4. Kallari Chocolate & Allegro Drinking Chocolate
The Kallari 70 percent dark chocolate was not sweet at all, and still my 3-year-olds wouldn’t stop eating it. The hot chocolate made them dance.
I’m not going to write about the hanger steak or the Organic Acai Chocolate Radiance Moisturizing Cream from the bath section. We shouldn’t have eaten either offering.
If you want free food, too, it’s not too late. The tasting was part of Whole Foods’ Tasting Tuesday program. They’ll have different themes each week with tasting stations throughout the West Orange store. There’s even a piano player, but I don’t think he was that into us. (It’s okay, not everyone has to love an entourage of 1 mommy with 3 small kids and a German. We get it.)
We put in a suggestion for the next Tasting Tuesday: Breaded thingies that are shaped like dinosaurs. Catch Tasting Tuesdays at the Montclair and West Orange Whole Foods. I just called for more info, and the Montclair store clerk said, “It’s usually around 3 or 4.”
Hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day