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Stockpiling and My Chocolate Stash

So, call me crazy. But, I get really excited when I score a stockpile of items for cheap or free. Last week it was crackers and cereal. The weeks before my deals included lots of diapers. In the last few months since I started this grocery geek thing, I’ve been able to nab great deals on toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, soap, pain meds, etc.

I’ve even been able to plan ahead and save my husband from several postpartum cell phone calls from the feminine pad aisle! C’mon, you know you’ve either been a witness or a recipient of one of these calls….

Hey, hon. I can’t seem to find the ones that you wrote down. Did you want wings? These say ultra maxi overnight with wings. Are those the ones? It’s a blue package with a diamond on it.

Anyways, having a stocked pantry and cupboards has always been a dream of mine. But on a tight budget, I’ve not often been able to swing it….until this grocery geek thing. This week, I’ve already stocked up on diaper wipes. We’re going back to two children in diapers, so I’m hoping that ten boxes will last me at least a couple months.

But, more important is my chocolate stash! Whoo hoo! Between Walgreens and CVS I gathered 14 bags of chocolate for practically pennies. In fact, I think most of the bags were free, after coupons.

You should have seen me. I had to do some grocery shopping after the drugstores and I hauled my five pounds of candy with me into all the stores so it wouldn’t melt in the car!

Now, what to do with it?

Yes, I know, I could just sit on the couch and watch Oprah, tossing bonbons in my mouth every two minutes or so. But, I don’t really think that fits my lifestyle.

And the way the heat has fluctuated, I know it’s not going to be stable for months on end. Gotta make the most of it! And quick! This morning the kids and I chopped it up and sprinkled it over our oatmeal with cranberries and pecans. Yummy! No extra sweetener necessary.

Here are some of my plans for all this goodness:

  • chop it up for cookies (and save on chocolate chips)
  • take gift bags to the hospital to bribe, I mean, thank, my nurses
  • have an Estro-fest with my mom and sister while they’re here
  • just plain eat it and enjoy it!

What would you do with the Mother Lode of Dove and Bliss?

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  1. Looks so delicious! I’m just sick that I wasn’t clipping coupons or printing them online until after all those Dove coupons were all gone. It’s really put a damper on my CVS-ing this week since I just keep thing about chocolate!

  2. I feel your pain, Kacey. I couldn’t find my Dove coupons until I’d already started out. Luckily, I did Walgreens first and found the coupons in the bottom of my coupon bag! Whoo hoo! I wouldn’t have bought as much chocolate otherwise.

    But, if you have Walgreens, you could do that!

  3. You might want to plan on feeding mom something else if you have an Estro-fest. She tends to go to sleep after eating chocolate!

    You could melt some of it down with margarine to make a chocolate sauce for ice cream. Our friend David used to do this — it was kinda like Magic Shell but tasted better. He was very adamant that you use margarine because he said it wouldn't work otherwise. Personally, I've never tried it, but I remember it being tasty when he made it for us.

    You could also use it to make an amazing chocolate filling for cake. When I want to make a special chocolate cake, I make a filling recipe that I got in Bon Appetit (Dec 2001).

    8 ounces milk chocolate
    1/2 cup whipping cream
    1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
    1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

    1) Chop the chocolate finely and place in bowl. (I think I've even used the Magic Bullet to do this.)

    2) Heat whipping cream and corn syrup to a simmer in a small pan. Pour over chopped chocolate. If using extract, add that. Let stand for 1 minute so that it melts the chocolate. Then, whisk until smooth.

    3) Let stand at room temperature while you bake and cool your cake.

    4) Beat the filling with an electric mixer until fluffy and lightened in color. If it doesn't get fluffy, it probably isn't cool enough. This almost always happens to me — so I put it in the fridge for a little bit and then try again. Usually 10 minutes in the fridge works. It should be fluffy, thick & spreadable.

    5) Spread between two completely cooled cake layers. Frost cake.

  4. Webster's says:

    Chop them in half. Make a batch of peanut butter cookies. Wrap a ball cookie dough around it and bake it. YUMMO!! Or you can make brownies and put them on top, melt under the broiler for a minute or two and spread like frosting.

  5. If I had the chocolate, I’d eat it and get fatter and be happier! Ha. Or I would make Caramel Toffee Bars and use the chocolates as the topping. YUMMY. I made them last weekend for Sunday dinner.

  6. I think I might have to get out my Fondue Pot. That much chocolate would call for a Fondue Party complete with strawberries, marshmallows, and any other dip friendly fruit I have on hand.

  7. I am loving these ideas. I may have to go back for more chocolate!

  8. Hopefulone says:

    Hi Fishmama,
    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one known to haul choc. from store to store to save it from the heat! LOL
    It’s precious cargo!
    Wish I had me some right now…might have to hit the cabinets:)

  9. Briana's Bargains says:

    I had to quit stockpiling chocolate. I find that I end up eating it all. ACK!!!

  10. All of that chocolate look so wonderful! Dove is my favorite kind of chocolate. I don’t have any ideas on what to use them for, except for snacking!

  11. You can always freeze a few bags. I’ve been very successful with freezing chocolate and it keeps me from eating it too fast!

  12. I second what Rebekah said. You can freeze it. It will save for along time!

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