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It’s Saturday and we’re working over here at the Chocolate Factory. Thankfully, the phones are ringing and people are starting to shake off the recession gloom and get in the holiday spirit. They just seem a little more upbeat and positive and that always makes for good vibes when we all feed off each others emotions. And with that, I’m going to wax poetic for a moment about an item I’ve really come to love this holiday season. It’s a new item that I first started to notice in the Fall when we introduced the autumn version. Then, it was a pumpkin shape which was nice but for the holidays, it’s a beautiful indigo star with bright yellow, green and white designs on it. But that’s just the outside. It’s what’s inside that I love.

Being that it’s call the Nuts and Raisin Star, you can totally guess what’s inside. Yup, nuts and raisins. Almonds to be exact and Franny’s raisins, for those that are raisin aficionados (if there is such a thing and I’m certain there is.)

First, let me tell you about the almonds. They started out as simply lovely roasted almonds but they’re panned (covered) in rich, dark chocolate – Lake Champlain Chocolates rich, dark chocolate. And they’re just delicious. Not waxy. Not tasteless. Delicious.

Then there are the raisins. You can tell me you don’t like chocolate covered raisins and I believe you because based on what I’ve had for chocolate covered raisins growing up, I didn’t like them much either. But honestly, it wasn’t the idea of the chocolate covered raisin I disliked. It was what I had access to. They always seemed dry, hard and like a rubber eraser with chocolatey goop that balled up in your mouth when you ate them. I haven’t led you astray yet and I’m not about to now. These are nothing like that.

For starters, Franny’s Raisins are touted as the largest raisins going (along with being organic). They’re huge. In fact, you could almost mistake them for the almonds as most of them are the same size as the almonds once they’re covered in chocolate. The difference is these are panned in Lake Champlain Chocolates milk chocolate so while they look just like the almonds, they’re lighter in color making them easy to pick out. Combine this big, plump raisin with fresh, gourmet milk chocolate and you will most likely change your mind about chocolate covered raisins forever. Seriously, you’ve got to trust me on this.

Now, to get back to the Nuts and Raisin Star, the almonds and raisins are packed into this beautiful star shaped box that has a clear window on the front so you can see it’s yummy contents and it’s finished off with a green bow. The design makes it festive but not specific to any particular holiday and it’s Star D Kosher. And at $12, it’s the perfect gift no matter what holiday you celebrate.

OK. I’m done. Thank you for indulging me. Considering I just ate an entire one, I felt it deserved a few kind words. Happy Saturday!

PS - Don't forget your chance to Win Free Chocolate!

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December 7. 2008 18:10

Wow - those look awesome!!!  I love the package too!!!

Thanks for reviewing them - I didn't even notice them on the site before.

Denise Ryan United States

December 8. 2008 01:04

I love chocolate covered raisens. The girl scouts sell a mean cc raisen. And I love the star box. it's so festive. Smile

megan United States

December 8. 2008 08:18

The chocolate gift box is really cute!

Anu Sriram United States

December 9. 2008 09:13

I could be a taste tester for the company!I am an expert!!!Just send me boxes of chocolate and some hot chocolate and I will except no pay!!Yay!!!Dang,are you convinced yet?

mistress meeyee United States

December 9. 2008 12:27

We were just up at the Stowe/Waterbury store Nov. 23 and got the cute pumpkin box with gift of the raisins and the almonds, and I gotta tell you, the raisins really were TO DIE FOR.  

So much so that as my husband and I sat on the couch devouring them, we did finally realize that it was milk vs. dark in order to tell them apart because they were enormous, but that the "secret" had to be in the raisins themselves.  But then of course that had to make sense, because LCC would never cheap out on ingredients, so only the biggest, plumpest raisins would do.  Cheesy, like a commercial?  Yes.  BUT it was our actual dialogue!  lol

The almonds were amazing too, but the raisins stole the show for me.  We're LCC addicts (we got engaged in Stowe and had the coins & hearts as wedding favors even!) so this might justify another 4 hour road trip up to Stowe to get the cute little star box!

Thank you LCC!  Smile

Tiffany Otten United States

December 10. 2008 22:29

that would make a gorgeous gift!

Cindy King United States

December 11. 2008 19:19

I love your chocolates! I haven't had the raisins and nuts, cause I like to concentrate on the wonderful pieces in your boxes. Yum. You've become my regular chocolate supplier - and I search the Internet frequently for new chocolate sources. I keep coming back to LCC.

Merry Christmas

Kathy Hunter United States

December 11. 2008 22:50

Those look AMAZING. Yummmm.

amber United States

December 12. 2008 18:37

I happen to love chocolate covered raisins, and my children do NOT, so really, this should be the only
kind I ever buy???


trisha too United States

December 12. 2008 22:33

cocolate covered raisins and nuts is driving me nutsSmile)

sharmi United States

December 14. 2008 15:20

I love your elegant take on an abused old treat (chocolate covered raisins)!  Good cooking is letting the natural flavors shine on their own and mix.  The ingredients are the key and it sounds like these are right on the mark.

Laura Schofield United States

December 15. 2008 11:23

Such a great combo!

Sharon Canada

December 16. 2008 11:18

Hmmm... None of my comments are getting through....  I think I've been Scrooged!  

(In truly Charlie Brown fashion, my only thought is "AAArrgh!")

Joanne United States

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