One Thick, Rich Chocolate Drink and Winners of the Veggie Seeds Give-Away

Just how thick is Taza to Go, a new chocolate beverage drink?

Put it this way: To call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa would be an injustice.

Take a sip and it’s almost like pudding in your mouth.

Just look at the thick streaks it leaves on the rim of the mug above.

Super gooey, incredibly rich and with a deep, concentrated chocolate flavor, this drinking chocolate comes in an aseptic pouch ready to be enjoyed. Serve it warm or chilled over ice. You can even drizzle it over ice cream or cake.

The pouch serves two, but after trying a sample, I’d say you could easily get more servings out of it. It’s so filling that an espresso cup-full would more than satisfy most chocoholics.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of sipping hot chocolate in Spain with churros to dunk into, you’re familiar with this souped-up version of liquid chocolate. Appropriately enough, Tazo to Go is made by Valor Chocolates, a chocolatier in Spain since 1881.

A 14-ounce pouch is about $5.75, and a 32-ounce pouch is about $11.99. A 3/4 cup has 200 calories. Purchase at the Valor Chocolate site or

Now, without further adieu, the winners of the Food Gal veggie seeds give-away contest, in which I asked you all to pick a fruit, vegetable or herb that was most like your personality.

I can’t tell you how many of these responses just made me chuckle in delight. But I could only pick three winners, who will each receive a load of seeds to grow lettuces and tomatoes, as well as a beautiful oval wooden cutting board — all courtesy of Cook’s Garden, a gourmet retailer of seeds. Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun. Here are the winners:

1) Jane Bonacci, who wrote, “I am a Potato.

We are Irish and we both have eyes
When I work a long day I come home Fried
Both of us are a bit Lumpy
Too much wine and I get Smashed
I get frustrated when I break my Shoestrings
If I lay in the sun too long I am Baked and Broiled”

2) Grace, who wrote, “Cilantro–either ya love me or ya hate me.”

3) Tigerfish, who wrote, “Bitter melon! Not the kind of melon that everyone will enjoy at first thought (I don’t smile a lot, so may appear unfriendly at first sight). An acquired taste (yes, friends who know me bond really well with me). Bitter in taste (I’m quite a negative person) but taste really good under skillful preparations (still, I have moments of optimism). Sounds confusing? That is bitter melon and me, for you.”

To claim your prize: Send me an email (you can use the link on the right-hand rail of the home page) with “Contest Winner” in the guide. Include your full name and mailing address.

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