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I’m goin’ nuts here!
By Ann King
So many temptations, so little funds. I found one site while looking for chocolate covered cherries. The kind I wanted were different than the Queen Anne cherries found in many stores, not that they aren’t good, particularly the coconut cherries, but they’re one of the brands that don’t do mail order. You have to go into the store to buy them.
What I sought were dried fruit covered with various kinds of chocolate. They included chocolate covered apricots, blueberries, strawberries and cherries and are usually sold a plastic wheel with dividers for each fruit. I got one collection a couple of years ago at Sam’s Club after Christmas sale and have wanted more ever since. They’re particularly hard to find online as I didn’t know what to call them.
After a persistent search, I discovered something similar sold by Delish through Wal-Mart, of all places, for $20 a pound. Or $30 for two pounds or $59 for five pounds. And if you’re really into them, $109 for 10 pounds. That makes them only $11 a pound, but spending a hundred bucks on chocolate covered cherries? I’m not seeing that.
My search continued. A couple of clicks later, I landed in chocolate-covered heaven.
Chocolate-covered berry mix topped the parade of fruit at $12 a pound, which dropped to $8.45 a pound if you wanted to get a 20-pound case. And the list continued with chocolate-covered cherries, cranberries, blueberries, pineapple, bananas, gogi berries, oranges, ginger, raisins, raspberries . . . you name it, they had it chocolate-covered. Forget the fruit, let’s delve into pure decadence. I’ll try not to drool on the computer.
Amaretto cordials. ‘Each piece tastes like a vacation for your taste buds.’ The description teases. I bet they do. Only $10 a pound. Not bad. But let us wander farther down this avenue.
Rum cordials, ‘exquisite taste’ blackberry brandy cordials, about 100 luscious dark chocolate balls per pound; barrel-aged bourbon cordials, ‘one bite and you’ll want another’ sparkling prosecco cordials, ‘rich dark chocolate with a fizzy finish’ . . .
By the time I stopped adding to my cart I had $60 dollars in chocolates and my fruit. Sixty bucks. Did I need sixty bucks of chocolate? No. But I’d get free shipping! Had to order $59 dollars to get free shipping. I looked over my delectable choices once more and closed the window. For once reason overcame chocolate.
Have fun going nuts at Nuts.com. They have chocolate in infinite varieties as well as hard candies, jelly bellies, seed butters, coffees, teas, sprinkles, gift boxes and, of course, nuts!