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Archive for the ‘Chocolate’ Category

Soma Chocolate – Birch Branch

By amy • Dec 5th, 2015 • Category: Chocolate, Christmas sweets, Dessert, Holiday Food, Impulse Buy, Sweets

Soma Chocolatemaker Birch Branch $30.00 available at Soma stores (2 locations) in Toronto & on line by request at To those doubters who still deny that the process and production of food can be an art form, Shelf Life says: shake a stick at this. The Toronto-based Soma artisanal chocolate people would like you [...]


Slims Dessert Crackers – Coco, Cranberry-Orange, Banana

By amy • Jun 7th, 2014 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Chocolate, Cookies, Cookies, Dessert, Impulse Buy, Snacks, crackers

Slims Dessert Crackers; Cocoa; Cranberry Orange; Banana 8/20g packs, $9.99 each available at fine food stores; for more information visit There are two questions here, both of which have to do with how Shelf Life looks in a tank top and shorts: (1) where can we find 100 calorie snacks made from healthy ingredients? [...]


President’s Choice – Recipe to Riches Products

By amy • Apr 26th, 2014 • Category: Cheese, Chocolate, Dessert, Frozen Dessert, Frozen Foods, Impulse Buy, Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Pasta, Grains, Beans, Prepared Foods, Snacks, Soups, Sweets

President’s Choice Recipe to Riches products; PC Italian Lollipops – 10 pieces, 210g, $9.99 PC Jammin’ Jamaican Lobster Bisque – 220ml, $3.99 PC Grandpa’s Acadian Meat Pie – 800g, $9.99 PC Mini Cheesecake Cups – 220g, 10 X 22g, $7.99 PC Mexi Mac ‘n’Cheese Bites – 12 pieces, 372g, $6.99 available at Loblaws stores and [...]


Sweets From the Earth – Walnut Brownie Batter

By amy • Apr 12th, 2014 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Chocolate, Dessert, Impulse Buy, Snacks, Sweets

Sweets From The Earth Gourmet Walnut Brownie Batter 454g, $7.49 available at gourmet and health food stores & Metro retailers in Ontario for more information visit This newspaper recently ran a story alleging that the gluten-free phenomenon has peaked, and that wheat-free rapture is getting stale. Shelf Life isn’t so sure – we’ve heard [...]


Dark Tickle Company – Screechin’ Choocolate Cod

By amy • Dec 7th, 2013 • Category: Candy, Chocolate, Impulse Buy, Sweets

The Dark Tickle Company Screechin’ Chocolate Cod 6 pieces, 66g, $9.90 available at These chocolate fish add up to a jolly catch. The Newfoundland and Labrador company Dark Tickle (‘Tickle’ is a narrow channel) is located on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula, where fishing, bog-trotting, berry-picking and the imbibing of screech (high [...]


Laura Slack – “Lestat” Black Garlic Dark Chocolate Skulls

By amy • Oct 26th, 2013 • Category: Candy, Chocolate, Dessert, Impulse Buy, Sweets

Laura Slack ‘Lestat’ Black Garlic Dark Chocolate Skulls $2.50 each available at McEwan Grocery Toronto & Laura Slack Chocolate Studio for more information visit The fact that these skulls are named after a celebrated vampire seems like a deliciously macabre double-header, no pun intended. And the crowning touch – or should that be grim [...]


Brownie Mix II

By amy • May 11th, 2013 • Category: Baked Goods, Supplies, Chocolate, Columns, Dessert, Mixes, Sweets

Not so fast, blondies. Blondies, you’ll recall, are similar to brownies, made with brown sugar instead of cocoa. Right now they’re enjoying a moment in the culinary sun, touted as the successor to the familiar choc squares. But – no. Shelf Life is far from finished with the magic and mystery of the brownie. As [...]


Milk Chocolate Bars

By amy • Feb 9th, 2013 • Category: Chocolate, Columns, Sweets

Love is sweet – at least it used to be. Until fairly recently, ‘chocolate’ has meant ‘milk chocolate’ for generations of Western consumers – and innocent stuff it was too; all those sugary, milk-powdery, beige-kissed Dairy Milk bars we prized in our youth because we didn’t know any better. Dark chocolate was the choice of [...]