Good morning everyone,

It's going to be another nice day. There's no way we can complain about the weather-it's December after all! In fact, it's already December 9th and I STILL haven't turned on the heater at home yet! Can you believe that?! And it's not like I'm sitting at home shivering, I just haven't needed to turn it on. It's crazy! And the warm weather isn't going away either, highs this week will be between 15C and 19C. It's looking like we'll get some rain tomorrow and Friday and then it should clear up again for the weekend.

Sliced ham? Sliced cheese? Sorry, but sliced chocolate is about to make everything else you can put on bread seem like chopped liver in comparison.

Despite its alcoholic-sounding name, Japanese company Bourbon actually specializes in chocolate.

Behold: sliced chocolate!

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Each pack contains five two-millimeter (0.08-inch) thick slices of what Japan calls “nama chocolate,” a rich, creamy confectionary that’s not as sweet as fudge, but more intense in flavor than ordinary milk chocolate. The unique shape allows Bourbon’s inventive new treat to be used in a variety of ways.

Bourbon offers a variety of recipes on its website, including chocolate banana rolls…

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and super simple crepes.

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For extra visual appeal, you can grab a cookie cutter and stamp out accents to add to chocolate-layered crackers…

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…or sliced fruit.

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And if you want to serve your next group of houseguests something even fancier, the sliced nama chocolate’s flat form makes it easy to employ in preparing fruit truffles…

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…or beautiful chocolate roses.

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But while this chocolate is of course great for when you’re entertaining company, we know what you’re all thinking: Can I slap a slice on a piece of bread for an instantaneous dessert sandwich?

Yes, yes you can.

▼ Is this how peanut butter and jelly’s reign comes to an end?

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In addition to being sold in super markets, sliced nama chocolate is available through Bourbon’s online shop. Online orders can only be placed for bulk bundles of a dozen five-slice packs which cost Y3,240, but somehow we imagine customers will have no trouble finding 60 occasions on which to enjoy this clever new take on chocolate. I can't speak for everyone, but I know I certainly wouldn't...

Well, there goes my diet...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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