July 15

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I can talk about chocolate till eyes begin to glaze over and someone stuffs a Hershey kiss in my mouth to shut. up. already.

I have had French chocolate, German chocolate, Belgian chocolate and Hershey chocolate. I love all chocolate, but somehow I keep coming back to Hershey. German chocolate is a very close second. Sorry Jacqués Torres.

About 2 months ago, I scored.

I scored big.

I found Scharffenberger chocolate, at Odd Lots of all places, for $3 a bar.

I have been wanting to try this chocolate for like, forever. Score!

After I slowly nibbled my way through the first bar, I decided to wait, savoring the knowledge that this was in my chocolate stash till I found something worthy of using it for.

Today’s TWD was just the thing.

Melissa chose chocolate pudding, and I couldn’t have been happier.


I am ashamed to say that I have never made chocolate pudding except out of a box. Jacqués will never like me now.

Making this pudding was fun.

It was mostly made in a food processor of all things, and it only cooks for 2 minutes.

After about 30 seconds on the stove, the pudding had thickened so much that had I cooked it any longer, it could have been used to make bricks.

Because of it thickening so quickly,  it had the consistency of fudge.

Who cares. Chocolate is chocolate is chocolate.

The taste of this is beyond any other pudding I have ever tasted. Had to be the Scharffenburger.

I seriously doubt that I will go back to a box.

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35 thoughts on “July 15”

  1. I’m surprised that you would use boxed pudding! 😯

    Your pudding looks delicious! I hope you can find more of that Scharffenberger chocolate.

  2. Yep…home made vanilla. I have been making my vanilla for about 10 years now. I will never purchase store vanilla again.

    We ate it chilled….although I did lick the food processor bowl….oh…so…good.

  3. I never realized the difference between boxed and homemade pudding until last year when I decided to make old fashioned banana pudding for a dinner party I was having. It called for making the vanilla pudding from scratch. Since it was the first time I was making the recipe and I would be serving it to guests, I decided to do a test run. Oh my heavens!!! I could not believe how delicious it was. I ate almost the entire test batch myself!!! The guests raved.

    Is there a recipe for homemade vanilla? I use the Mexican vanilla available at hispanic grocery stores.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  4. I looked in Dorie’s book, and couldn’t find one for Vanilla, but I found one in another Mennonite cook book that I totally love.

    1 1/4 c. sugar
    1 c. flour
    ½ tsp. salt
    6 c. milk
    4 egg yolks
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tbsp. butter

    Mix first 3 ing. in a double boiler. Stir in 1 c. milk till smooth. Add rest of milk. Cook till thickened, stirring constantly. Cover and cook slowly for another 7 minutes. Temper eggs, then add. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and butter. Cover top of vanilla to prevent skin from forming. Chill.

  5. Scharffenberger at Odd Lots? I am going to have to start stalking the aisles of Ocean State Job Lot (our local version). Nice job – on the score and the pudding!

  6. I come visit your blog after not visiting for a very long time and I’m presented with chocolate. Oh man! Your blog should be flagged dangerous content. Not for language but for graphic language – chocolate.


  7. I’ve never heard of that chocolate before but if you say it is really good then I believe you. Is it a dark or milk chocolate? Here at my house we aren’t big fans of dark chocolate, in fact when I made a batch of your cocoa mix w/the Hershey dark it took a long time to be finished because it was too bitter and I did use the right amounts of cocoa, milk and sugar called for. Now that I’ve made a new batch w/the lighter cocoa the boy is using it instead of the pouch stuff.

    I’ve never made homemade pudding, I may have to try this.

  8. I love Lindt chocolate and lo and behold we have a factory outlet store near us. Check out my blog to see what I bought the other day.

    Of course my favourite chocolate is Cadburys, the one made in England of course…LOL

    Gill from Canada

  9. Never heard of that chocolate before. Knowing how your taste runs I will take your word for it. The pudding looks so good.

  10. What would the world be like without chocolate. I remember hearing how the soldiers take chocolate bars to the countries they are fighting in and give them to the children. It is the first time they have ever eaten anything so well. Maybe that is what we could do to end the war. Have all sides get together and you fix them your favorite chocolate recipes.

  11. Mmm. I love Scharffen Berger, and the 62% is my favorite. I’m so jealous that you found 6-ounce packages for $3–they’re $5 where I buy them. El Rey is another favorite of mine, and I can get various percentages in bulk for $8 a pound. Yum. Oh, and I love your pudding dishes. =)

  12. I agree, boxed pudding is a thing of the past. Your pudding looks wonderful in your beautiful glasses and I am very happy you got to score big at Odd Lots. Isn’t it amazing what you can find there? I look forward to seeing your post next week!

  13. What a wonderful application for your Scharffenburger bounty! I think a lot of us are in the “not going back to the box” camp after this assignment.

  14. I love Hershey’s chocolate too. I try to be interesting and snobby and so much better than other people, but I just like myself a good old Hershey’s chocolate almond candy bar, and no other chocolate will do.

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