Boys and girls, it's February and Valentine's Day is fast approaching! Do you have a sweetie lined up for your sweetie? Well, if not, read on...
I was lucky enough to sample a few treats from the wonderful folks at Liz Lovely.* I have heard and read many great things about Liz Lovely's cookies, but had not yet had tried one. They contacted me asking if I'd like to try some of their new chocolate covered treats that they were developing for Valentine's (and perhaps these treats will be permanent items, I'm not certain).
I received three little sample packages. The first with 3 large chocolate covered pretzels, the second with 4 chocolate covered cookies, and the third was their Gingersnapdragon cookies (2 to a pack). Here you see the chocolate covered cookies next to the pretzels. I split one of the cookies in half so you could have a peek at the thick coat of chocolate on top of the oreo-style, mint-flavored cookie (unfortunately I zoomed in a little too closely so you don't get the full effect.) What's better than a chocolate treat but a chocolate treat dipped in chocolate?! And the pretzels are fabulous!... I love having that very slight taste of salty contrast underneath the thick layer of deep chocolate. They have some other chocolate treats which I didn't (but would love to!) try... including chocolate covered cashews, macadamia nuts, ginger, and almonds. I forgot to mention how attractive looking these chocolate treats are as well. Very smoothly finished with an even coating giving a very polished look.
Here is the Gingersnapdragon cookie. I photographed it next to the chocolate cookie, just to show you how BIG this cookie is. The package label shows a serving size is 1/2 of one cookie... and that makes sense, because if you eat one of these cookies in full, you *know* you've really eaten two or so average-sized cookies! There are other cookie flavors at Liz Lovely, and if you are a ginger lover, go for this one. It doesn't just have ginger flavor (as some ginger cookies do), but it carries some heat from the ginger... likely from the crystallized ginger that is pressed down into the tops of the cookies.
Just look at that, isn't it pretty with the crystallized ginger and sugar sprinkling all around? This is a soft cookie, just to let you know. I realize there are those of us that appreciate a soft cookie, and those of us that want a crispier, crunchier cookie... so if you are in the latter camp, just know that this is a soft, tender cookie (and I suspect the other flavors are the same... btw, have any of you tried the cowboy/cowgirl cookies? They also look incredible!)
Hellooooo??! boys out there: listen up! Your women would like some DECENT vegan treats... and we aren't all excited about flowers (ex: me), especially roses on Valentine's which are altogether predictable, and they wilt so quickly. Yes boys, plan in advance... shop and buy some treats now. Not the night before, or even worse, Valentine's Day itself. (ahem, you know who you are husband of a dear friend of mine) tsk, tsk. :)
And, why wait for a fellow to get these treats for you... heck, treat yourself and go check out the goodies at Liz Lovely today.
Now, if by some chance you procrastinate, or have very little cash to order treats, I'll repost my chocolate bark recipe in the next week or so... and I might have a few other ideas to get all sweet about.
*in case you're wondering, I am not receiving anything for this 'plug' of Liz Lovely. They kindly sent me a sample of their GingerSnapDragons, chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate covered cookies. One taste was all I needed to share the good word.