varandra - I forgot to mention in the letter, that if you wanted you could attach some string or something to the top of the envelop holder that the recipes came in to make a cool little note organizer.
Since everyone is posting pictures of all their presents under the tree I thought I'd post...well, mine.
It's a sad little tree but it's mine (we haven't even put up the xmas tree
So, ♫on the 12th day of Christmas varandra gave to me♪ *hums to self*...
Actually, it was more like a late late late candy snack. I didn't purposely stay up past midnight but I was working on some last minute xmas treats for my coworkers and had to of course open present #1 after the stroke of midnight.
There is sooooooo much loot to be had. Tons of chocolate and fruity Swedish candies. A couple different kinds of licorice, two of which intimidated me, for good reason. Here are the highlights:
This was some fruity candy that I thought was so tiny and cute. I don't know if you can tell from the picture but the candy is in the shape of little monkeys.
This is a marzipan pig covered in chocolate. I think it looked very cute, though now it's head is missing...
varandra said that this is a traditional swedish xmas treat. In my family, its kind of a tradition to get each other marzipan in the shape of fruits and vegetables. But the chocolate just adds a whole 'nother level. It's still reallllllly rich though.
Ok, so I'm totally up for trying new things even if it may sound a little strange. Pictured above are two types of licorice: pepper and salt flavored...out of everything in the package this made me pause. But I totally gave them both an honest try. The pepper licorice definitely wasn't as bad as I feared...though I will say that there were times when it actually tasted good and then there were moments when I cringed because a particularly spicy/peppery sensation was a bit overwhelming. The salt licorice on the other hand....well, I did try it...I just couldn't keep it in my mouth for very long >.< I don't think I got past the initial layer of salt that coated the whole thing. I've never eaten a salt lick before but if I had to guess that's probably similar to what it would taste like lol. I still have a whole bag left though, so I'll probably give it another shot to see if I can get past the salt to get the real flavor.
Oh, and I must say that Geisha chocolate is soooooooooooooo good. I love hazelnut and the mixture is just heavenly. The chocolate nip bar was really good too; very strong and rich but definitely a treat.
Thanks so much varandra! My taste buds thank you
I can't wait for tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that....