Review: Chuao Firecracker Bar & Baseball Check-in: Yanks and Nats
Junk Food Nation, time for a baseball season check in. I am, as I’ve stated before, a Yankees fan. Living in DC, I also root for the Nationals. At the beginning of the season, I predicted the Nats to go to the World Series. I predicted the Yankees to finish in first place. I am currently WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY off of my prediction. So how is each team doing?
The Yankees have dealt with injuries this year, with Jeter, Granderson, Teixiera, and Youkilis all spending time on and off the DL. Cervelli and ARod have been dealing with the PEDs issue. The pitching staff has looked shakier than any other staff in recent memory. And Mariano Rivera is retiring. Look, I know there’s no one out there boo hoo-ing about the Yanks’ woes, and I’m fine with it. They are 3 games over .500 with 45 games to go (60-57). 6.5 back from the Wildcard and 9.5 back from 1st place. It’s DOABLE…but gonna be hard. They play divisional opponents 32 times over their last 45…now’s the time, if any, to make a move. Yes, I may be delusional.
The Nats, well, that’s another story. Selected by MANY to lead the NL, they are 57-60. Their batting has been awful. Their pitching has been decent, but when you can’t provide run support, you cannot win. They are 8.5 back from the wild card and 14 back from first place. It seems impossible to win the division, because the Braves can’t stop winning! Even if the Braves went .500 over the last 43 games, finishing 93 -69, the Nats would need to win 37 games out of their last 45 to win the division! That’s…that’s damn near impossible. The goal for the Nats, I think, is ONLY the wildcard at this point.
Well, at least football is soon to be back. EJ Manuel, 16-21 with no sacks, no picks, and a TD! #BillsFan
Today’s junk food: Chuao Firecracker Bar!
There’s really not much to say about my love of Chuao. Love Chuao. Love Chuao. Love Chuao. I’ve talked about them a couple times on this blog already. This Chuao Firecracker Bar is something I tried at the Fancy Food Show, and have DREAMED of ever since. The people of Chuao sent me a big bar of it to review, free. Have I mentioned I love Chuao?
Yes, you’re reading that right; this Chuao Firecracker Bar is chocolate loaded with Pop Rocks. Yup.
Contains pasilla and chipotle chiles…..oooo baby.
All I have to say, or need to say, about this Chuao Firecracker Bar – as I ate it, MY MOUTH FELT CARBONATED. This is an amazing, amazing chocolate bar.
This dark chocolate had lots of great dark chocolate flavor, but wasn’t TOO bitter AT ALL…sort of felt like a 60/40 mix of dark and regular chocolate. Still had some nice sweet notes, that were accentuated by the bits of sea salt that littered the bar – gave me lots of savory bursts of salty-sweet goodness, and helped the chocolate taste really shine.
Add to that the spice from the chiles – I tasted a very subtle burn that faded away nicely. Not too peppery in flavor, just added enough kick to the chocolate to be noticeable.
And finally, the POP ROCKS that were insides the chocolate added a new element to the entire experience – as I chewed, the Pop Rocks snap, crackled, popped loudly, like my mouth was full of Rice Krispies!!! It was AWESOME. My mouth felt carbonated! This Firecracker Bar made my mouth feel like it was percolating. SO. COOL.
Definitely one of my favorite chocolate bars EVER. You must must must must try this.
PURCHASED AT: Mailed to me, but you can buy it here.
COST: $6.00 (see here)
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