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Kipferl

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Growing up I was always a big fan of cookies and milk, such a sweet & simple treat that just seems to go together naturally.

My most fond memories are from when I got to help make them from scratch, but there are other times that I just remember going to the hair salon with my Grandma, where her hairdresser always had a tin of Danish butter cookies. My Grandma would sit under the hair dryer and send me over to get her a small cup of black coffee and some cookies. I always skipped the coffee until I got a little older and realized just how delicious a heavily creamed & sweetened cup of coffee could be.

While helping out in the front of the store last week, I happened to look up from where I was cashiering and across from me was our variety of Bahlsen cookie boxes.

Now when I say variety I mean it, there are some that are chocolate coated, dipped, some with crème filling, and others with fruits. There are crispy cookies and soft cookies; Bahlsen seems to have made it their goal to offer something to fulfill every particular cookie craving a person could have.

While I do love the options available, my heart got set on the Kipferl. In the trademark blue Bahlsen box it is a simple and plain looking cookie in the shape of a crescent.  The next morning I grabbed box and a fresh cup of piping hot coffee and took a seat at my desk. Since it was still early it was really nice to sit and enjoy a little peace before preparing for the day.  Just as I had expected the cookies have a delicious slightly buttery taste, and the only real sweetness comes from the light bit of sugar on the outside.

Made with finely chopped bits of hazelnuts it really blows pecan sandies out of the water.  They were moist and delicious and went so well with my coffee; it was just a wonderful treat and a fantastic start to my morning.

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Chocolate & German coffee, a perfect combination

It’s a chocolate & coffee kind of day! Since Mother’s day is almost here I went out in the store and looked at all of the high quality chocolates we have available. One of the best and brightest boxed items is the Reber chocolates. With their bright red and gold wraps & packages they really are eye catching. I picked out 5 items that really grabbed my attention.

Mozart Herz’l (heart) — smooth and sweet with pistachio marzipan and a soft nougat, in two heavenly little bites.

Schwarzwalder Kirsh Heart– I was taken aback by the lack of sweetness in the taste at first, then I read the label…This uses a bitter sweet chocolate to cover the almond marzipan and the kirsh (cherry) filling. The kirsh used has a thick jelly consistency and is on the tart side. Altogether it is an interesting taste that is perfect if you don’t want something overly sweet.

Reber Bissen Truffel-Pastete–    Wow! There is a lot going on in this little number! Not overly sweet it is a creamy truffle with flavors of hazelnut, brandy & raisins, with a crispy wafer thrown in and coated in Alpine whole milk chocolate. I was surprised by the raisins but really loved it with everything inside. It’s smooth, crispy and slightly chewy all in one little package.

Mozart Piano Bar– One of my favorites when I really want to indulge myself or give a gift of a really great chocolate bar. It’s crispy and delicious with hazelnut nougat and full of the divine pistachio marzipan. The crunch is from the crisp rice and is coated with what I’ve come to think of as Reber’s silky smooth chocolate that just melts in the mouth.

Last is one of the many boxed chocolates we carry from Reber

The Mozart Medaillons– the box is filled with 10 individually wrapped medallions. Reber took an already amazing combination of soft, sweet chocolate a rich caramel, and improved upon it with adding traditional almond marzipan.  The only texture to speak of is the slightly gritty feel of a fine marzipan.

Take my advice and BEWARE of where you may leave an open box of the medaillons laying. I was away from my desk and 6 of 10 disappeared between my two coworkers….I can’t really blame them though; I’d be tempted to do the same thing.

What better way to enjoy chocolate when you don’t have a big glass of cold milk around, I reach for coffee.

“Tchibo coffee- Exclusive” claims to have a “balanced taste, fine aroma” I for one always love the smell of freshly brewed coffee.  I normally dilute my coffee heavily with cream and sugar, but because I wanted to really get a good taste I only used enough to take the bite out of black coffee. I’m glad that I didn’t add more, the taste was incredibly smooth and I finished one cup pretty quick (soon the caffeine will kick in and then the work day will get really fun!)

The second cup I used flavored cream and it mixed so nicely that the taste of vanilla was upfront, bold and absolutely everything I want when I make or buy a flavored drink.

Well, now that I’m loaded with a few cups of coffee & chocolates I think I’ll take a brisk run up and down the street & around the building a few times.

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