Wonka Inventing Room

By Tsz on June 1, 2013

Gastrophoria is a chocolate truffle from Wonka Inventing Room.

When I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the one with Gene Wilder) back in elementary school, I was transfixed. The thought of a chocolate river? Or lickable wall paper? Or fizzy sodas that has the ability to make you float? Stuff sweet dreams are made of.

Since then, I came to the sad realization that such a place doesn’t exist (yet). However, there is the next best thing, which are concoctions from Wonka Inventing Room. Got myself a box as a treat and enjoyed every part of it. From the packaging, the toy-like appearance of each piece of chocolate and of course, the taste. From goji berry to roasted s’mores, the kid in me resurfaced with a vengeance upon the first taste.

What foods take you on a walk down memory lane?


Minty Mallows : Trader Joe’s Does it Again

By Tsz on December 26, 2011

Gastrophoria is Minty Mallows from Trader Joe’s.

One of my favorite times to visit TJ’s is during holiday season as that’s when they debut unbelievable limited-edition goodies. This year, I must say they outdid themselves with their Minty Mallows.

Taking a page from Parisian Chocolatiers, these gems are cubes of dense and refreshing peppermint marshmallows that are enrobed in dark chocolate. Like peppermint bark but upgraded to version 2.0! What’s better is that they’re actually made in France, but a box costs only $2.99—much cheaper than a plane ticket.

Only thing I wished is that I bought more boxes…


Homemade Nutella: Better Than the Original

By Tsz on September 8, 2011

Lately, I’ve been fascinated with doing things from scratch.

This preoccupation led me to change the oil in my car for the very first time during Labor Day Weekend. While I’m not sure if the opportunity cost and the resulting sunburn was worth it, it’s a good lesson to learn about car inspection basics such as checking the tire pressure, inspecting fluid levels and resetting my car’s service light. Take that Honda dealership!

Another recent notable experience is making Nutella from scratch. I grew up on a steady diet of eating it straight from a spoon so when I stumbled on a recipe for it on LA Times, it was on!

All that’s needed are hazelnuts, cocoa powder, powder sugar, vanilla and oil. A little oven action to toast the hazelnuts and a quick whirl in the food processor produced a jar of the most luscious homemade chocolate hazelnut spread to be drizzled and devoured over sourdough bread. If you want to go the extra mile, brush the bread with olive oil before grilling and top it with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt.

The homemade spread tastes just like Nutella, but concentrated with more hazelnut and chocolate flavor. Considering it took me 20 minutes total to make a more superior Nutella, I’ll keep making my own!

{Recipe here}