In my ever-continuing quest to vacate the contents of my bank account, I just paid $7.99 to get Internet access so I can write up a right good farewell before I depart for Monterey, California for a six-day business trip. It's a small price to pay in comparison to the $29 I spent on Jennifer Weiner's new book Best Friends Forever, which I opted to not get at Target for $16 because I was trying to leave the store without spending $100.
I still spent $101.
And now I'm down $13.
Such is life. Or at least, such is my life -- a little bit reckless and a lot bit irrational. And very very pink.
A couple months ago I exhibited more of the reckless spending I pretend to avoid when I bought this Theo Chocolate & Bread Dark Chocolate bar at Whole Foods. It was an impulse buy -- like most of my purchases at Whole Foods are, and I recall being somewhat appalled at the price point when the cashier scanned it, but went with it because I was, as always, too embarrassed to say, "Hold the phone, I can't spend $2.99 (or was it $3.99?) on 2 measly ounces of chocolate! Take it back! Take it all back!"
So I left the store with it (plus a Chocolove dark chocolate cherry & almond bar) and then promptly forgot about it because my chocolate drawer at work was already overburdened with Fling bars and Hershey Bliss dark chocolate bites and See's candies and Trader Joe's sea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almonds. But then yesterday I had a craving for something supremely indulgent and stumbled upon the Theo bar underneath the Haribo gummy bears I bought when I gave up chocolate for Lent. (Twas another impulse buy.)
Upon unwrapping the Theo bar, I was pleased to discover that the 65% cocoa bar can be easily broken into four segments if one possesses superhuman self-control and wishes to stretch it into an absurd four servings. I like having the option to be superhuman, but still eat two segments for the price of 130 calories because that is the serving size, folks, and I follow the rules of society. Most of the time. (I occasionally make illegal U-turns. And jaywalk.)
I was also pleased to discover that the Theo bar has the much-coveted "snap" factor (ie. it snaps in the mouth), and is a decent thickness unlike the Ghirardelli squares that always tempt me at the register at Cost Plus World Market. But it also has something a little extra (aside from an egregious price tag).
Salty toasted breadcrumbs.
While the salty sweet combo is becoming as clichéd as an episode of “Gossip Girl,” the Theo Chocolate & Bread bar is still seriously delightful. The bit of crunch, hint of salt and punch of the bitterly sweet dark chocolate elevates this bar from mundane to something special – an experience. The salty breadcrumbs actually remind me of the Grape Nuts in Tai Kim’s infamous brown bread ice cream at Scoops. This is a very very good thing.
My only regret is that I’d had the foresight to impulse buy more of them so that I could bring them with me to Monterey. But alas, I am stuck with Hershey Bliss bites and the aforementioned TJ’s sea salt and turbinado sugar dark chocolate almonds. They will have to do.
And this post will have to do until my next one. Which most likely won’t be coming tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day. But I will be back. Because if one thing is certain it’s that I will spend recklessly again. And it will most likely be for something that will be going into my stomach.