Carob. Ever heard of it? It's a substitute for chocolate that fades in and out of popularity in the health food world. Many praise it because it doesn't contain the caffeine that chocolate does so it's often favored as a treat for kids in lieu of chocolate.
My mom was the coolest earth mama back in the 1970s. No, I promise that was not a totally random statement. Allow me to explain...my mom was the type who made her own yogurt and granola from scratch, fed my oldest brother carob bunnies in his Easter basket, and had a cookie jar of whole wheat fig newtons. I. So. Aspire. To. Be. That. Mom. My kids are going to know the difference between organic and genetically modified by the time they are school aged. Or at least that's my idealistic hope. *sigh* Back to carob...while I missed the years of carob Easter bunnies (I got the traditional chocolate kind which always suited me quite fine), I have just now discovered this tasty chocolate-like treat.
One of our local Whole Foods (the Raleigh Whole Foods off of Wade Avenue) has THE BEST bulk section. And these carob covered malt balls are one of the jewels in the treasure trove that is the Whole Foods bulk bins. I know, carob covered malt balls? Doesn't sound tasty and that's what I thought when my nutritionist friend first introduced them to me. But oh, they trump the chocolate ones. Yes, they do.
Have you read this far? I'm officially proud that you got through that much of my rather circuitous blog post about carob. (I blame it on the head cold I just came down with).
Now my charge to you, champions of carob: have you ever eaten carob and if so in what form and did you like it? I'd love to try more carob confections but want to know what works and what doesn't. I don't want a bad taste in my mouth for this treat, literally.