The Types of Chocolate I Keep in the House at All Times, Because You Never Know

I’ve been off work since last Friday.

You’d think this might have resulted in a plethora of blog posts, but this is the most unstructured time I’ve had in over a year, and I have been glorying in it–staying up late, reading a lot, watching movies, shopping (Just WAIT until you see the new dress I bought!), and not getting dressed until after noon. Today, I moved on to baking cookies for absolutely no reason, which I’m surprised didn’t happen sooner. I’ve never been much of a cookie baker–vastly preferring to bake cakes, breads, and brownies–but I am lately obsessed with Simply Sensational Cookies by Nancy Baggett, which I learned about from that enemy of my meaningless vow to not buy more cookbooks, the NPR best cookbooks of the year list. So a bit ago, I baked a batch of Baggett’s Buttery White Chocolate Macadamia Drop Cookies. This is my second time making this recipe, and it already has the feel of a staple.

Speaking of staples, when I was done baking, I decided it was time to organize the chocolate section of the cupboard. Because, like all sensible people, I have a chocolate section of the cupboard. Here is my current inventory of baking chocolate:

Bars: white, unsweetened, bittersweet
Chips: white, bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk chocolate
Powder: unsweetened dark (two varieties), unsweetened regular, Dutch process

I also have some butterscotch chips, which I keep with the chocolate, even though they aren’t chocolate. I don’t have a butterscotch section of the cupboard. I should probably work on that.

13 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I always feel slightly desperate if I don’t have enough kinds of chocolate in the house. I believe I currently have bittersweet bars (I used up the unsweetened on a cake this weekend), bittersweet chips (been snacking on these, used up milk chocolate chips making cookies yesterday), and unsweetened cocoa (only one kind, I feel like a slacker). Clearly, it’s time to restock.

    Also, I really shouldn’t have clicked that best cookbooks of the year link…

  2. Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Way, way, waaaaaaay up high on a shelf are the chocolate CHUNKS. Oh, the lovely, lovely chunks, not pieces, not morsels, something BIG enough to shove into cookies that are less cookie than chocolate chunk.

    :sigh:

    Mind you, I’m not eating bread and am being Oh So Careful, but I have them, high on a shelf… and am plotting

  3. olivia
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Butterscotch chips are dangerous. In fact, when we did have them in the house, we fell into a pattern of making the microwave chocolate mug cake and using a mix of chocolate and butterscotch chips. Heavenly. Or the stuff of Satan, depending on how one looks at it!

  4. momster
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I love chocolate and cookies,but have elected to munch on some peanuts…all the while wishing the peanuts were cookies.Sigh.
    I’ve had two reminders today of those rogue parrots on Telegraph Hill that Mr.Bittner brought to prominence.I’m thinking it may be time to watch that charming documentary again:)

  5. adrienne
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Jess, I’m sorry. I’m kind of an enabler, with both chocolate and cookbooks. Your stock of chocolate perhaps has holes, but it’s still impressive.

    Tanita, Sometimes I feel like I’m the enemy of people being careful about their food intake, what with my talking about food endlessly and eating all the different kinds of things I do. Perhaps I should go on about my eating oatmeal with fruit and nuts for breakfast every morning or my apple-a-day policy, but it’s just not as fun to talk about.

    Olivia, Mmmmm. I use mine for an oatmeal butterscotch cookie recipe that I’m fond of.

    Momster, Good for you, watching your sugar. And, oh, I love the parrots on Telegraph Hill! Thinking about them makes me want to get on a plane and go there right now.

  6. momster
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Looking outside,I’d like to go anywhere warm!I wonder if there are any parrots still hangin’ out on Telegraph Hill.I hope so:)

  7. tonderdo
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    You have more chocolate chips than me & I only have 1 type of unsweetened cocoa but I do have a tin of york minis & dark chocolate kisses but they will be going to work with me tomorrow. I really need chocolate @ work…

  8. adrienne
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    I was just listing baking chocolate. For regular chocolate at this point, I think I just have my sipping chocolate, and that’s getting low. I always have baking chocolate in the house but seldom have chocolate ready for eating in the house, which is either ironic or good planning.

  9. momster
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    I had 2 small cupcakes I got at an MLK bake sale this week.I allow limited “cheats”in my diet.So,no,I don’t think you are the enemy of people who are careful about their diets.I think people who are overly strict tend to fail,in fact.In general,you can only speak your own truth.You shouldn’t stop walking,for instance,because some people can not walk.Quality chocolate(organic dark cocoa,for instance)has many health benefits and surely does help us all through the dark days of winter;)

  10. annette
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    there are still parrots, but it’s pretty gray and wet right now in SF. of course, it’s all relative–i’m sure we’re still warmer than back east!

  11. adrienne
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Momster, So I should probably be eating some dark chocolate RIGHT NOW.

    Annette, It’s been in the single digits here the last few days with the wind chill, so all we speak of us how cold we are. I am glad to know about the parrots. I hope to visit there again before too long. I miss CA.

  12. Posted February 3, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Talking about chocolates always makes me want to get up from my laptop and search my fridge for something sweet. Too bad I think I am out of chocolates right now. I should keep in mind to always have some.

  13. adrienne
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I guess there’s a plus side to not keeping chocolate in the house, but I don’t think it outweighs the disadvantages.

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