Check this out

Check this out

You HAVE to check this out. Okay, you don’t HAVE to. You have free will. But if you don’t, you will be missing something special! Three words: Chocolate banana slugs. Discovered by Laume at Beach Treasure.

Your gift ideas are BRILLIANT. Why can’t I think of gift ideas like that? And, for the copper pots idea, there is no better place than Paris to find a good copper pot: E. Dehillerin. Now I just have to decide what goodies to fill it up with. Like, should it be a homemade cookbook & ingredients thing or a goodies-already-made thing? I like them both.

Meanwhile, speaking of goodies, I have been meaning to alert you to the presence of these:


in Target stores these days. You have to understand my excitement about these. In the world of European chocolate, I would put these on the middle-class to upper-middle-class of the chocolates, being mass-produced, fairly good quality, quite cheap and (therefore) accessible. IF YOU LIVE IN SWITZERLAND. They haven’t before this been available outside it, not that I have seen.

Here is how I discovered Frey: I was in a train station on the French-Swiss border where, fascinatingly, you could actually tell EXACTLY where the border was by the floor. On the French side, you had the normal grime you might expect from a train station floor. And on the Swiss side: seriously, sterilized operating tables are not that clean.

You would eat off it.

You would eat off it EVEN THOUGH YOUR VERY OWN FEET and the feet of many others just walked over it and you SAW THAT with your own eyes. You would still eat off it because it looked that clean.

I have a suspicion that the Swiss have trained bacteria to scoot around invisibly keeping everything in the entire country sparkling clean at all times. Either that, or they were just trying to be snooty to the French by having such an obvious line on their border between cleanliness and grimey-ness.

Not a good country to be a bad housekeeper in, that’s what I say. Unless my theory about brownie-like-bacteria scooting around cleaning is true, in which case, maybe it’s the place to be.

ANYWAY. Right there past the Border of Sparkling Clean was one of those train station shops.

And IN IT were…no, seriously…FORTY at least different flavors of a chocolate bar in a brand I had never even heard of before: Frey.

Forty different flavors. Boy, did my luggage get very heavy very fast.

My favorite turned out to be the Rum Raisin, which Target does not carry. Target only carries 8 or so flavors, among them Lemon and also Chili Pepper, neither of which are my thing, but they were fun to try.

The Tiramisu is quite tasty, if you ask me. I think Frey’s milk chocolates are better than their dark. The darker the chocolate the better the quality the chocolate has to be to keep it from a certain dryness.

Speaking of perfect gifts: a friend of mine, the one who went on that Switzerland trip with me, once got her father on a business trip to bring her back some Frey Rum Raisin just for me, as a surprise. Now THAT’S what I call a cool present. I haven’t seen that friend in six years and wouldn’t even know how to contact her anymore. Isn’t it funny, the sweet gestures you can remember and the people you lose touch with?

Anyway…I just love it that Target has started carrying Frey. A little bit of Switzerland right there for you.

Thanks for all the gift ideas!!

  • Ok, I definitely need to make a stop by Target the next time I drive into Lexington. Yum!

    October 9, 2007 at 8:48 am
  • Yup, next time I’m at Target I will pick up a few to sample. I hope our store carries it! Thanks for the tip.

    October 9, 2007 at 10:35 am
  • melinda

    Laura, whatever you do – do not get drunk and buy those chocolate banana slugs for your in-laws Christmas present!
    I have only three words to say – World War Three!! LOL

    October 9, 2007 at 6:16 pm
  • These sound yummy and all melt in the mouth good! I think a person could make a cheesecake using some of these flavors and shave some of the bars on top.
    That is so funny about the clean/dirty borders!

    October 10, 2007 at 9:57 am
  • Melinda, if I had access to that shop, EVERYbody would be getting chocolate banana slugs. They’re irresistible!

    So just a warning as you try Frey–overall, I prefer the quality of Lindt’s dark chocolate (if we’re talking about chocolate you can easily find in a grocery store). But Frey’s is just so much fun with all the flavors. Maybe one day Target will get rum raisin, too….

    October 11, 2007 at 10:05 am
  • Oh sweetheart. I’m in Orlando at the moment and have indeed visited the newly opened Target Super Centre in the newly opened Winter Garden Village at least four times just for their Lindt Creme Brulee chocolate bar. Yes that’s four big chocolate bars that I have eaten in less than a week. Is that wrong? 😀

    I go back home to Jamaica on Sunday and I have purchased a little stash of these chocolate bars. Oh they are addictive! I saw those orange and tiramisu ones as well, but I just could not convince myself to purchase them instead of the Creme Brulee bars!

    Maybe next time…

    October 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm
  • Ann, you should but their whole stock & fill your suitcase! I mean it. You will later regret any bars you left sitting on the shelves. 🙂 Also, don’t forget your Nutella! It’s the next aisle over I think at Target, in with the peanut butters. I agree with you, obviously, about the Crème Brulée, it’s one of my favorites. But I think I like the Frey Tiramisu as much, but maybe it has sentimental value for me. I don’t like Frey’s orange as much as Lindt’s orange; Lindt has a better quality dark chocolate, IMO, and the Frey orange is a little dry.

    Hope you had a fun trip!

    October 13, 2007 at 10:26 am
  • We went to Target today. Frey’s chocolate bars were 3 for $5. We tried the one with coffee and chocolate “nibs” on the way home. YUM!

    You have a very important purpose in the world, Laura. You let us all know where to find good chocolate. Thanks!!

    October 13, 2007 at 3:49 pm
  • I found some of this delicious chocolate in Greece……….It was a huge bar, about two feet long and cost three dollars. I ate the entire bar,sneaking it out of my purse, piece by piece until in was all gone. I never shared it with a soul. It was devine. I even saved the label hoping to run across it again sometime in my lifetime-now I know where to search! I live not too far from Orlando, maybe I need a road trip to this Target!

    October 13, 2007 at 8:13 pm
  • Well, as long as I’m fulfilling my purpose, Amy. 🙂

    In Greece, how interesting! TWO FEET? Now, that’s my kind of chocolate, Jann. I wouldn’t share two feet either, BTW. Maybe if it got to two YARDS, I might consider sharing a few bites. Maybe. I think all the Targets have them now? Mine is in NC and Amy found some in hers, too, apparently, so that’s another state.

    October 16, 2007 at 7:41 am

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