Friday, January 18, 2013

Would You Cook with This?

Sadie had saved up her allowance for three weeks and wanted to go to Family Dollar to get a My Little Pony (their selection is way better than Wal-Mart's).  I needed to go grocery shopping and happened to have my list on me, so I thought, why not buy some stuff I need here?  So I bought what I could, and I actually found, in some cases, better prices there than at Wal-Mart, which was pleasant. 

I needed a pound of baker's chocolate to make some chocolate toffee cookies, and to my surprise, they actually had baker's chocolate there! 

So I brought it home and unwrapped the individual ounces so I could get to melting them down for my cookies, and.....
...this is what they looked like.  Really, really weird.  I checked the expiration date - they weren't set to expire until, like, 2015.  Each box holds 8 ounces, so I opened the other box to see if it was just an anomaly.  Nope.  Weird, bubonic plague-like chocolate in each wrapper.

I was nervous to cook with these.  But then I thought, "This isn't fresh produce.  It's chocolate.  And I'm melting it.  Dare I try??"

Again, my fear of food poisoning was really causing me stress.  And I didn't feel like packing up the kids and taking it back to the store.  Plus, would they take back unwrapped chocolate??  Who knows; I think not. 

So I just gritted my teeth and made the cookies.

And they turned out fine.

Maybe Family Dollar gets a special deal from the Baker's Chocolate company - they get a discount for buying the ugly batches?? 


Kathleen said...

I think it is from the chocolate melting and then turning hard again. It shouldn't hurt anything since the expiration date isn't for a long time.

Aprillium said...

Yeah, I know that when Chocolate gets too warm and then cools again it gets a whitish waxy look. Is this possibly the cause? Hey, no harm no foul! :D

Mindy H. said...

Yikes! I'm glad the cookies turned out despite the ugly chocolate. And thanks for the tip on the My Little Ponies. My nieces are currently obsessed with them and trying to find the one Kenna wants for her birthday has been rough. Your blog is so helpful in so many ways!

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