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Kurtz Culinary

Posted by on January 5, 2018

Finding Tasty Treats in Carmel

Ok, I’ll admit it. I am a chocoholic. I do not, however, want to be rehabilitated. I’m quite fine coping with my addiction. I consider myself a connoisseur of fine chocolate. I love sampling new concoctions made from the magical cocoa bean. Traveling around the world has given me wonderful opportunities to indulge my habit, not that I need much help.


My wife and I were strolling down Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-sea taking in the feel of our new home. She was window shopping in the quaint boutiques and I was looking out for something chocolatey when we happened into a quaint shop called Kurtz Culinary (Ocean Ave And San Carlos Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921). She was intrigued by the unique wood furnishings while I was more interested in the abundant free food samples.

Sprinkled all over the store was an array of glass jars containing a variety of delicious spreads, jams, jellies, and butters. All of them were graciously available for sampling with crackers. The staff was very friendly and helpful too. They had flavors that we never heard of, like Champagne Jelly, Lime Mustard, Grilled Eggplant Mushroom Topenade, and Pumpkin Butter. Needless to say, we tried several of the offerings. After, all we didn’t want to be rude by not accepting. We quickly found the samples that we each had to have.


I found one sample that I really liked! It contained two of my favorite food groups, chocolate and peanut butter. This amazing creation is called Monkey Butter. It is dark-chocolate cherry peanut butter and wow it is amazing! You can put it on almost anything or eat it with a spoon right out of the jar. It is now one of my all-time favorite chocolate foods.


To be fair, Kurtz Culinary has many more savory items that are not chocolate infused. My wife loves the olive oil based spreads for breads and crackers. She picked four of them to take home and try. She even sent one to her mother. They were all delicious. I think that we will be visiting this place quite a bit now that we live in the area. The best thing is that I have another source for my chocolate habit!

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