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Dangerous Chocolate: Firecracker Bar from Chuao Chocolatier

In the words of the illustrious, Katy Perry, “baby you’re a firework, Come on, show ’em what you’re worth/Make ’em go, “Aah, aah, aah’/As you shoot across the sky-y-y.”


(I swear this connects.)


I was at The Fresh Market a few days ago and I was hungry for chocolate. So I found myself a nice, sensible dark chocolate bar to take home.

Then when I was checking out, I saw these fancy bars of chocolate by the register. They were in a basket and they looked intriguing. And they were a dollar off, so I just went for it. Cause I’m an adult who gets to make her own decisions.

Firecracker Chocolate via chuaochocolatier.com

Firecracker Chocolate via chuaochocolatier.com

What I bought was a bar of chocolate from Chuao Chocolatier. I’d never heard of them before, but they’re a Venezuelan chocolatier based in southern California. (In fact, they’re the first Venezuelan chocolatier in the US. So, there you go.) Their primary mission is to create “creating unusual, unexpected and delicious flavors.”

I like all those things.

So, I tried my chocolate bar: the Firecracker bar.

Made with sea salt, chipotle and popping candy.

…that’s right. Popping candy.

It’s beautiful dark chocolate, rich and just a little bit sweet. The sea salt balances the sweetness in the chocolate. There’s a bit of a little smoky burn from the chipotle. And then…the popping candy hits.

And it’s weird.

It’s fucking REAL weird.

But it’s not unpleasant. In fact, I rather liked it. It gives another dimension to the chocolate. The popping doesn’t add anything from a flavor perspective, but it’s a great experience. Like the movie just went from 2D to 3D. Just a final note as the chocolate finishes on your palate, which lends a bit of danger to your chocolate eating.

Will it a) explode and kill me or b) give me a nice sensation on the tongue? Perhaps one that will make me go “aah, aah, aah”?

The one weird thing about it is that all the squares appear to have words written on them. One set of little bricks I got said “lick, smile, flutter.” I don’t like my chocolate telling me what to do, alright? I’m going to lick whatever I want whenever I want.

Wait, that came out wrong.

Anyway, this chocolate will explode in your mouth. So put it in your mouth today.

Wait, that wasn’t better.

Help me out, Katy Perry.

Yeahhhh. Not better. But thanks for trying.

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Book Club: Literary Snacks for Ladies

There are certain things that only ladies do when they hang out with other ladies.

  • Talk about boys. “He’s so cute, right? Is he cute? I like him so much. Does he like me? Does he notice that I looked at him a little bit longer than normal today? Cause I did. He should’ve noticed it. It meant a lot to me, and I can’t believe he didn’t notice it. He’s an asshole. I hate him.”
  • Talk about lady issues. I won’t go into details for all my male readers. And by male readers, I mean my dad. (HI DAD!!!)
  • Book club.

I’m pretty sure book club is a 100% female activity. Do dudes sit and talk about how they felt when Anna Karenina threw herself in front of the train?*

*I’m fairly well read, but Anna Karenina is not a book I’ve ever read. I’ve seen the Keira Knightley movie version though, so that’s how I know this. And, I’ve seen a Pulitzer Prize winning play about the book…sort of. I’m so fancy. You already know.

Also? Oops. Spoiler Alert.

Anyways, book club is a ladies occupation for ladies.

And this lady (me) hosted her lady book club a few weeks ago.

My friend Nora started the whole book club and, well, I’m glad she did. We’ve read a book I’d heard of but hadn’t gotten to yet (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn) and read a book that I hadn’t heard of but boy, did it make me cry in the airport (Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala).

But the most recent book club, I hosted. So, I choose the book. It was One More Thing by B.J. Novak (no relation) and it was hilarious. It’s a book of short, humorous essays. Some were dry. Some were almost poignant. But, boy, did they run the gamut. It’s well worth a read. OR, if you’re doing a long car trip, it’s worth downloading and listening to. He’s got an incredible cast of voices like Mindy Kaling, Jason Schwartzman, Rainn Wilson, Emma Thompson, Jenna Fischer and more.

So, what to make for a lady event for ladies?

Well, I like the tortilla española. Why not build a tapas menu? Also,  please note, this is a drinking book club, so boozing required.

  • Tortilla española
  • Jamon serrano because I cannot find ANY jamon iberico here in America. SIGH.
  • Spanish cheeses
  • Apricot and Goat Cheese Bites
  • Peppadews inspired by Leon’s in Decatur, GA
  • Pan con Tomate
  • Olives
  • Beverages, like Red Sangria and White Sangria
Oh dang.

Oh dang.

The apricot and goat cheese bites were the newbies here and #realtalk, they were delicious. And unbelievably simple. Make them right now for whatever lady event you have. I bet even boys would like the salty-sweet combo that they have going on.

Beyond that, sangria is a perfect summer drink. It’s bright and fruity, but has a boozy punch. I gravitate toward the white versus the red, but the red is a much more robust beverage.

I guarantee. This menu? Ladies love it. Girls adore it.

Y’all should trust me because I’m not internationally known, but I’m known to rock the microphone.

Absolutely Fabulous Apricot, Goat Cheese and Almond Bites from YumSugar


  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature
  • About 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil leaves
  • 40 dried apricots, preferably blenheim
  • 40 almonds, preferably marcona
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Mix together the cheese and milk with a fork until spreadable. Thin with more milk if necessary. Add the basil and mix until evenly distributed.
  2. Spread a heaping 1/4 teaspoon cheese on each apricot and top each with an almond. Drizzle with honey.

Please note! If not using marcona almonds, substitute roasted salted almonds (the salt is key to the appetizer’s flavor).

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