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Bag of La Boulangère Hazelnut Chocolate Filled Crêpes from Costco
La Boulangère Hazelnut Chocolate Filled Crêpe from Costco

It isn't often when we see crepes at Costco -- I haven't seen their Belgian Boys or La Creperie crepes in a long time now -- so when I saw these on-the-go chocolate filled crepes at Costco this past week (in the nuts/peanut butter aisle), I decided to try them out.

The bag came with 15 individually wrapped crepes, and the first thing I noticed when I tried one was that the crepe/"pancake" part was a little dry. However, the added hazelnut chocolate filling made that dryness OK. A random thing I noticed was that on each package, it reads "This Product has been frozen... never refreeze after thawig". (yes, thawig... or maybe "thawi9")

Anyway, the filling was on the sweet side and tasted similar to Nutella. I liked the sweet chocolate filling - it went well with the crepe. One crepe wasn't very filling, but it still makes a good, quick snack or dessert that you don't have to warm up or prepare yourself.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: La Boulangère Hazelnut (on-the-go) Chocolate Filled French Crêpes
Source: Costco, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good

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ChocoMaker Marbled Chocolate Curls
Red velvet cupcakes topped with ChocoMaker Marbled Chocolate Curls

I made some red velvet cupcakes, and I topped the cupcakes off with frosting and ChocoMaker Marbled Chocolate Curls. The chocolate curls appeared to be a combination of white chocolate and dark chocolate.

The chocolate curls melted in my hands a little bit when I was sprinkling them on the cupcakes even though I had them in the refrigerator, but other than that, they were pretty good. They added a nice chocolate crunch texture to the cupcakes, and I thought they were even better after I refrigerated the cupcakes. They tasted delicious, too. They were definitely my favorite part of the cupcakes!

Overall Rating:
Delicious
Food: ChocoMaker Marbled Chocolate Curls
Price: $3.98
Source: Wal-Mart, Mason, OH
Rating: Delicious

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Box of Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix
Cupcakes baked using Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting
Spoon of Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting

While I was visiting my mom, she said she would make me some chocolate cupcakes so she bought some Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix. She said she got red velvet because she heard that red velvet is the best. She added that since they were relatively expensive, they must be good. While red velvet cupcakes are still chocolate cupcakes, I'm not always a fan of them; sometimes they give me headache or taste weird.

After saying she would make me cupcakes, my mom decided that I should just make them myself. While I don't know much about baking anything, that was perfectly fine with me. I just followed the instructions on the red velvet cake mix box.

When it was time to put the cake batter into the tray, I realized that there was only one tray for 12 cupcakes and a tray for 24 mini cupcakes. So I filled the tray of 12 and put those in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 F. While those were baking I filled the tray of 24 mini cupcakes (I'm very slow...). I don't remember how long I put those in the oven for, maybe 15 minutes. When I was done, the red coloring everywhere made it look like I had killed someone :o

I let the cupcakes sit out overnight and decorated them the next day with Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting and Chocomaker Marbled Chocolate Curls.

The Betty Crocker frosting instructions state to stir the frosting 20 times before using, which I did. When I've used frosting in the past I've used it directly out the container... I think this was the first time I've noticed the stirring instructions. :P After the stirring, I just frosted the top of the cupcakes with a spoon and added the chocolate curls on top.

Decorated cupcakes made from Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
Mini cupcakes made from Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix

The cupcakes turned out to be pretty good! The cupcake were pretty moist, and while they were nice & sweet, the sweetness wasn't overbearing. It didn't taste particularly weird, and I didn't get a headache! I can't really tell the difference between the various kinds of frosting and icing, but the Betty Crocker whipped butter cream frosting also tasted pretty good with the red velvet cupcakes to me.

Overall Rating:
Good
Food: Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix & Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting
Source: Wal-Mart, Mason, OH
Rating (Red Velvet Cake Mix): Good
Rating (Butter Cream Frosting): Good

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