Clif Chocolate Brownie: $1/Kroger

clif_chocbrownie (4)Atlanta spiraled into Snowmaggedon rage two weeks ago with a weather forecast of icy doom and what turned out to be Satan’s dandruff (our area literally ended up with a white dust, as if our yard were devil shoulders and he’d shaken his be-horned head free of a few white flakes.) Kroger’s gas station consisted of cars angled at argumentative directions in a “whose pump is it anyways?” frenzy. What I always tell folks is that if you’re going to line up for gas, try to get behind a car like my hybrid – we never need much gas so we’re quick, and you can be pretty sure that we won’t deplete the pump’s reserves should it REALLY be a state of –mageddon. The grocery store was no better with the self-checkout lines snaking through the aisles, people tap-tapping their phones impatiently clutching cliched loaves of bread, and some even holding plastic sleds under their arms. I took my wimpy selection of dish soap, a handful of Clif bars, a bag of zucchini, and laxative (our potty-princess has poop problems) to customer service where the staff and I shared a wink and a smirk. We had to agree on the following head-scratching question: do all of the people who race into grocery stores before a possible snowstorm not have ANY.THING.AT.ALL to eat in their homes that the only thing that will get them through one, maybe two days without getting back out to a store requires fighting traffic, parking lots, and crowds for that one loaf of bread? I know I can go bread and milk-free for a few days, even if it means poking around for old canned products, frozen convenience foods, dried pasta, rice, bars, a frozen ziploc bag of chili … I mean, why would simple food items, shelf-stable staples or frozen, not already be around one’s home, at least in a decent enough amount to carry a home through a couple of days? And in this storm’s case (for our area of Atlanta, at least) there wasn’t even a moment that we were unable to be on the roads.

We still stayed indoors in our pajamas, pretending that the weather dropped snow and ice on us trapping us in. Despite bright blue skies and wilty white-dusted limbs, it was a cold, stay inside kind of day with hot chocolate, soup, and popcorn. I don’t know why Clif didn’t put out its seasonal limited edition Hot Cocoa flavor this year, but I went ahead and shared a Clif Chocolate Brownie bar with Joanna and Louise (the closest flavor resembling hot chocolate next to a Clif Zbar S’mores) and warmed up the 250 calorie soap-shaped brownie block split into four shareable pieces that became a really nice treat for us on faux-snow day. And if a real Snowpocalpyse descends on our town, it’s a safe bet that I have my bar stash, especially when Kroger has a buy-10-save-$X on Clif bars like they did recently. I approve of this Chocolate Brownie more than the Zbar “Full Moon Brownie” because I don’t really need the icing drizzle, and it’s much easier to warm an icing-free bar in the microwave without having a melty smoosh on your fingers. Course with no snow but freezing temperatures, my fingers were be-gloved, at least when I went outside. 5/5
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