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Bean dip at a restaurant near Yellowstone around 1979???

Cello - My family "vacationed" in Yellowstone when I was around 10 years old or so. My parents fought so much that while my mother fumed in the hotel room, my dad and I spent so many meals downstairs in the restaurant that in one week I gained nearly 10 pounds.

Most of that weight was attributed to THE TASTIEST bean dip/tortilla chip combo I have EVER eaten.

Maybe the tortillas were flour? House-fried? In lard?

I know that the bean dip was NOT a typical refried, black bean or even white bean dip. It was rich and earthy and complemented the chips in a way that I have never been able to replicate.

This dip did not have any strong ingredients like herbs, spices or salsa. It was a thick, neutral toned dip that stood up to the thick, crunchy chips.

The hotel we stayed at had a large open entry with lots of light-colored exposed wood, horns up on the walls and a double staircase going up to the rooms. It was NOT the main hotel in Yellowstone (the one with the huge fireplaces right next to the big geyser, Old Faithful), but rather was a little farther away.

I could be confused about a few things, but I will know that dip if I ever get to taste it again, although the chips would be a crucial foil.

If you know of the possible hotel, restaurant or recipe, do respond.

My parents ended up divorcing. Probably because my mother should have joined us in the restaurant instead of keeping herself stewing in her own misery...

May 31, 2013
wietog in Mountain States

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

UPDATE:

http://www.thesavanna.co.uk/beacon-ea...

Beacon Easter "Hen's Eggs" may be the closest version found so far.

UK, South Africa or Australia/NZ-made.

PS: Please be aware that almost ALL US-made chocolate (e.g., Hershey's and US Cadbury's) includes PGPR - also known as Polyglycerol polyricinoleate, which is a cheap, awful, emulsified ingredient that's being used to replace real cocoa butter.
This is NOT something the public is aware of, and is a SCAM. DO NOT buy products made with this ingredient, as it is a clear indicator of the worst version of what some companies have the gall to call chocolate.
There should be more uproar when major changes like that are made - I believe this started in 2009 or 2010 and is only getting worse. I'm sure the companies will try to change the name and put a PR spin on it, but of course, they NEVER make changes like that known publicly until they are outed.

Try to buy more Canadian or European-made confections, or at least look for local, higher end products. Theo Chocolates in Seattle offers chocolates as the first roaster of fair‑trade cocoa beans. I am not in any way affiliated with them, though.

Happy Spring!

Mar 14, 2013
wietog in General Topics

You Got Hazelnut Latte in My Oatmeal!

You are a really great writer!

Jun 10, 2010
wietog in Features

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

Those are cute!

Mar 31, 2010
wietog in General Topics

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

So, I found a "poor-man's" substitute in the kiddie section: Jelly Belly's prehistoric eggs! These are odd-shaped and smaller than a hen's egg, speckled and solid, with a surprise jelly "dinasour" candy inside. Mine had orange and was fun. However, it's not a great quality dark chocolate, and the shell leaves much to be desired. Kids would love these at Easter, though, I'll bet. I'm surprised Jelly Belly hasn't thought of packaging/promoting them as such.

http://www.jellybelly.com/Shop/Produc...

Mar 21, 2010
wietog in General Topics

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

Word.

Mar 19, 2010
wietog in General Topics

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

That makes sense. However, after having a baby, I'll tell you that EVERYTHING except the kitchen sink is a choking hazard. Here are some that can't be eradicated: coins, pills, vitamins, and most candy. I would think that only items specifically designated for those under 3 would need to be hazard-free. Everything else just needs that label. And here's the funny thing: you show me an infant or toddler who could have opened up one of those candy eggs without a hammer and I doubt that choking hazards would be that mom's concern. ;)

Mar 19, 2010
wietog in General Topics

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks! I'm so disappointed in Cadbury/Hershey for using PGPR in their Easter mini eggs - those pastel-colored ones. I refuse to buy them and now I have a real jones for the combo of chocolate and a substantial sugar shell. M&Ms and Smarties and all that just don't cut it. Oh well.

Mar 19, 2010
wietog in General Topics

Do you remember the BEST EASTER CANDY EGGS EVER? [moved from Manhattan board]

When I was a kid in NY (upstate) during the '70's, one of my aunts would give each child who visited her home during Easter one of the BEST things I've ever eaten:

Life-sized candy eggs that were packaged in a real egg carton. They had a hard, thin, opaque matte white sugar shell and a thick layer of dark chocolate inside, which in turn was lined with a thin edible wafer, though the egg itself was hollow. I don't remember if there were prizes inside, but I think there were.

These were NOT the Kinder eggs from Germany, which are simply hollow dark chocolate covered in white chocolate, wrapped in foil.

These eggs were a little tricky to break open. They were sweet but not overwhelming, and they were satisfyingly crunchy and really fun to receive and eat.

My online investigations led to several dead ends. These may have been made by or imported by Perugina, and circulated in Manhattan during the seventies. For some reason I thought they were from Germany. I don't know if my aunt had them delivered from NYC or from Europe, but I haven't seen these since 1979.

If you remember them or know where to find them, holla back!

Mar 18, 2010
wietog in General Topics