Welcome to the frozen tundra.

The first month of the New Year has been a challenging one in the Big Apple.  Let me declare how challenging it is to strut through the city streets feeling sassy and cute when you are outfitted in clunky Ugg boots and a trapper hat, while you are braving gigantic puddles of dirty semi-melted slush.  Every day.  But, you do what you gotta do when the thermometer reads 6 degrees.

I heard on the news last night that the normal amount of snow for New York City in the winter is 21 inches.  We’ve gotten 56 inches so far.

And winter is only a month old.

As I said, it’s been challenging.

So, I’ve been feeling nostalgic for spring, for daylight, for cool breezes that hold the promise of warm air on my skin.  Serendipitously, and surprisingly, I found that feeling in a candy bar.

The Amalfi Bar from Vosges Haut Chocolat – an innovative company that pairs chocolate with unique flavors such as curry, balsamic vinegar and bacon – evokes springtime, in all of its luscious creaminess.  Imagine white chocolate infused with the bright and slightly tart flavor of lemon zest.  Lest you think this sounds too sweet, the crunchiness of pink peppercorn lends a spiciness that keeps the bar from ever being cloying.

It’s sunshine in a candy bar.

More snow is expected tomorrow.  And a few days after that.  And perhaps a few days after that.

Clearly, I’m going to need to order a case of these.

Vosges Haut Chocolat: www.vosgeschocolate.com.