October 6, 2008

Review: Green & Black's Organic, Bite-sized Milk Chocolate

We picked up a bag of Green & Black's Organic Milk Chocolates the other day and were very pleased by the experience. The bag is filled with individually wrapped, bite-sized pieces of milk chocolate that Green & Black's calls "Intense," which is a very accurate description. All the ingredients are organic: raw cane sugar, whole milk powder, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin and vanilla extract.

Each piece is a little bigger than a quarter, with a nice G&B imprint on top. It is the perfect size - a little bite that packs a big punch to quash your milk chocolate craving. The flavor is more complex than most milk chocolates. You definitely get a caramel flavor which is delightful. But you also get an occasional hint of sour, which isn't off putting, but instead adds depth. It has amazing mouthfeel - its so creamy that it is almost sticky, the kind of stickiness you'd get with a thinner peanut butter. But of course much smoother and creamier.

CandySnob loves these little morsels of goodness. The perfect little treat during the day.

Check out Green & Black's Organic Chocolate goodies here.

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October 2, 2008

Askinosie Chocolate Packaging circa WWII

39_2_.jpgWe covered Askinosie Chocolate back in April, and have now seen some cool packaging for this innovative, artsan chocolate maker. An army ration feel circa WWII to their packaging. Very cool.

From Dieline

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September 25, 2008

Candy Review: Theo Special Limited Edition, 91% Cacao

IMG_3787.jpgMonday we reviewed the Theo Madagascar, 65% Cacao, and felt that it left a little to be desired. But we still think Theo has a good thing going, so we're not even close to writing them off. So we tried the Special Limited Edition bar with 91, yes that's right, 91% Venezuelan cacao.

To give you an idea how fragrant this bar is, literally the second I opened the package, my wife who was sitting on the opposite side of our couch, could smell its dark chocolately goodness.

Visually, Theo bars are quite simple in their design, so there's actually nothing to report - it looks exactly the same as the Madagascar bar, except maybe a hair darker.

This bar is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for non-dark chocolate LOVERS. Even for dark chocolate LIKERS, of which I consider myself one, it is pretty strong and bitter. This isn't a bar I would choose to eat on a regular basis. But if you want your chocolate to be as dark as possible, this is for you. I personally found it a little too bitter. However, for as strong as the flavor was, it still didn't have the depth or complexity of flavor I would have expected.

Texture-wise, it was very similar to the last Theo bar I had. I'm sure this dry, crumbly texture has to do in large part with the high cacao content (in this case there isn't much else in there). Surprisingly, even with far less cacao, this bar had better mouthfeel than the Madagascar bar.

CandySnob's opinion of Theo chocolates after two tries? Love the process, love that they are an ethical company. But less impressed with the actual end product, but still hold out hope.

Buy Theo Chocolate Here

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September 24, 2008

Neuhaus Cornet D'Ore - If this ain't pretty, I don't know what is.

41DXVE6WN1L._SL500_AA280_.jpgHey, what's not to like about Belgian chocolates in general, but they're even better with gianduja. The roasting of the hazelnuts and almonds is always carried out under the maker's watchful eye. Strict cooking times, the right temperature and taste tests produce an ultra-smooth texture and decadent flavor.

Not to mention its just plan pretty.

Check out the Neuhaus Specialty Selection: Cornet D'Ore

Noël Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

September 22, 2008

Candy Review: Theo Madagascar, 65% Cacao

IMG_3785.jpgWe've covered Theo for their ethical production and their "bean-to-bar" operations, we thought it high time we take Theo chocolate for a test drive or two. So we checked out theri 65% cacao content Madagascar bar.

Sadly, the test drive didn't go as well as we had hoped when looking at them in the showroom.

Let's start on a positive note. The packaging is beautiful, and the bar itself is elegant in its simplicity. There are no imprints, nothing fancy, just straight-up dark (and we mean dark) bars of chocolate.

We found the bar to be crumbly and dry. And it doesn't melt very smoothly in your mouth. In fact, when we looked at the cross-section after biting into it, you could see the gray striations in the chocolate - a sure indicator that something went wrong in the production.

From a flavor standpoint, again the experience fell short. We were expecting a rich, deep, complex experience, but found the chocolate had little depth of flavor and little to no finish.

We're hoping this is just an old batch, perhaps, although the "Best By" date is 04/09? We're just having a disconnect between Theo's reputation and the actual chocolate we tried.

We're reviewing Theo's Limited Edition Dark later this week, so stay tuned.

Buy Theo Chocolate Here

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September 19, 2008

Chocolate Covered Sweets and Gifts Showcases High End Chocolates and Tins

chocolate_covered_streets.jpgChocolate Covered Sweets and Gifts in San Francisco's Noe Valley is broken into two halves. One half is all chocolate, and the other is filled with gift boxes and tins.

Some of the chocolate makers you'll find here:


  • Michael Mischer Chocolates

  • Cacao Anasa

  • Jade Chocolates

  • Torn Ranch

  • Poco Dolce

  • Smile Chocolatiers' Choclatea bars

  • Donnelly Chocolates

  • Knipschildt Chocolates

from Cool Hunting

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September 16, 2008

Interesting flavor combos are perfect for pairing chocolate and wine

Comparing the nuances of chocolate to the nuances of wine isn't a new idea. Neither is pairing chocolates and wine. But if you are doing some pairing, it certainly makes the experience more interesting when the chocolates have rich, unique flavor combinations.

pate sampler.jpgSuch is the case with Chocolate Smith. They're "chocolate pates" are made in small batches from scratch (all organic and local). Then, the brilliantly dip each piece by hand in cheese wax, to keep it fresh and protecting it in hot weather.

We think the best way to get into pairing is to sample a lot of items. Chocolate Smith's Pate Sampler would be a great entre into the fun. The sampler features their top flavors (White Chocolate Mimosa Pate with Orange & Lavender, Dark Chocolate Pate, Nuts & Berries Pate with Pomeranate & Fig, and Sunset Orange Pate with Chipotle Chili & Cinnamon). And each one complements a different wine - from Champagne to Port.

$28.50 at Chocolate Smith

If you're interested in other wine news, check out CheapFunWines.com

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

September 10, 2008

Sweet Riot's Flavor 70 is Back in Action

peaces.jpgDue to the popularity of sweet riot's Flavor 70, it has been out of stock for the past month. But they're back. Flavor 70 is the darkest of the dark - 100 % cacao "peaces" covered in 70% dark chocolate with a hint of espresso for all of you coffee lovers.

www.sweetriot.com

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August 26, 2008

Seth Ellis Chocolates - Artisan Chocolate from Colorado

sethlogo.jpgWe came across Seth Ellis' Chocolates at Foodzie (a great place to find artisan food by the way). Seth Ellis is a small artisan chocolate manufacturer in Boulder, Colorado who creates gorgeous, interesting chocolates from organic and natural ingredients.

The pictures below are the Ginger Truffle and the Nutmeg Caramel Snobinette, respectively. Beautiful chocolates, and fun flavor combinations.

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Seth Ellis candies range from $12.50 to $25, and can be found at Foodzie

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August 25, 2008

Les Shooters - Chocolate + Ouzo? Sounds like a good time to me!

suite88_shooters.jpgLes Shooters from Montreal's first chocolate lounge and boutique, Suite 88. The shooters, which appear to be average, conical truffles are actually chocolate containers filled with an assortment of 12 different liquors. Flavor combos include Abosult Mandarin vodka in a dark chocolate casing and Greek anise-flavored liquor Ouzo, combined with a white chocolate and blue cocoa butter shell. Other liquors used include: Malibu, Hypnotiq, Apple Martini, Raspberry Daiquiri, Sake, Grand Marnier, Litchi, Kahlua and Jack Daniel's

You can by Les Shooters for $24 at Suite 88.

From coolhunting

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