How To Stop Your Chocolate From Breeding Like Rabbits
Let me preface this by saying I have one of the ugliest kitchens on the planet. OK, I’m done. On with my dilemma.
Help me! My chocolate is breeding like rabbits!!! I’m serious. Look at it!
Multiple bags of chocolate candy melts, white and dark chocolate chips bags, umpteen chocolate bars of various brands, half a dozen candy molds, a Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot, a giant chocolate salmon, several packets of hot chocolate, three boxes of Whoppers, two canisters of Theo sipping cocoa…
and a paaaaartridge in a peaaaaar treeeee!!!
And that’s just what you can actually see. As you can probably tell, some of it was buried. To say my chocolate “collection” has gotten out of hand is an understatement. For the last two years, I’ve been tossing and stuffing chocolate this and chocolate that into my little chocolate cupboard (see last pix).
Toss. Stuff. Toss. Toss. Stuff.
Then things were hard to find, “Argh, where did my chocolate mold go?”
It got so bad I had to shove it in the cupboard with one hand and quickly close the door with the other, in the hopes it would stay closed. After all, it would be a bad thing if our dog, Ginger, got into my chocolate again. When I couldn’t close the door anymore, I knew I had to do something.
It was time to purge. BIG time purge!
I’m sad to say I had to throw out all this awesome chocolate. It was more than a few months past its pull date. Yes, that means I threw away the “Have a very Merry Christmas! Elvis Presley” hot chocolate.
Will you forgive me?
Toss. Toss. Stuff. Stuff. Into the garbage it went. I don’t need to tell you how mad I was for letting my chocoholic-ism (is that even a word?) get so out of hand.
My new collection is much more organized now. Like-things are together again!
I tucked some of it here – popsicle sticks, straws, plastic spoons, chocolate chips, coconut oil, flour and sugars. All necessary for a chocoholic, chocolate blogger. Was that redundant?
And some of it there. Well, I only put my Nutella in this cupboard. I just wanted to show you I also reorganized my butt-ugly cupboards too. My Bob’s Red Mill goodies are on the upper-left shelf. I love Bob’s Red Mill!
And finally, my chocolate cupboard! I struggled to get a good shot, given it’s almost as dark as a cave. I put my Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot back in here as well as my chocolate molds and almost all my various chocolates, minus the chocolate chips and Nutella I mentioned above.
It feels great to have my chocolates and chocolate tools organized once again. Not knowing what I had or didn’t have was the worst. After all this, I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more chocolate until I used it all up. I’m trying really hard to keep my promise.
How about you, do you have, or know someone who has, a stash of chocolate or candy that’s gotten out of hand? What did you do about it?