April 24, 2008

Candy Snob Celebrates Earth Day All Week - Thursday's Pick!

400-sb-sour-bears.jpgOrganic Sour Jelly Bears by the English company, Sweet Botanicals. Puckerific, these bears are sour, organic AND vegan.

Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, organic corn syrup, organic fruit juice concentrates (apple, apricot, blackcurrant, lemon), organic spinach powder, apple pectin, natural flavourings (apricot, blackcurrant, kiwi, lemon, pinapple), citric acid.

Check them out here.

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Review: Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate Bar

chocolateBars.jpgTo quote a friend of mine when she particularly enjoys a meal or beverage, "This chocolate bar is a good time."

First things first, this is an aesthetically beautiful bar. It comes in one piece (which is a little annoying to break pieces off) of smooth, dark chocolate - etched with a fairly intricate flower design.

At first taste, you get the chocolate primarily. It melts nicely, they obviously used pretty good stuff. When you add in the coffee, you get the added citrus and cocoa notes. But it is the texture is what puts this over the top. There are little (I mean almost sand-like) nibs of Guatemala Casi Cielo coffee throughout the piece, so whether you're a "melt" or a "chew" kind of person, you can't escape the coffee-licious goodness.

The wrapper says, "When coffee dreams, it dreams of chocolate." The Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate Bar is dreamy for sure.

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April 23, 2008

French Chocolate Truffles for Mother's Day

french truffles.jpgDoes your mom like truffles? French chocolate truffles dusted with cocoa powder? French truffles, dusted with cocoa powder, with no trans fats? Then do we have a pick for you. This box is full of 2.2 pounds of truffles, which will either send you into sugar shock or give you a nice treat for weeks. It has been the #1 seller in the "Gourmet Products" of Amazon during the Holidays for the last three years.

And frankly, for $11.99you can't go wrong.

Check out these French Chocolate Truffles

Need more ideas for Mother's Day? Check out our Mother's Day Gift Guide.

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Candy Snob Celebrates Earth Day All Week - Wednesday's Pick

Thumbnail image for organic_green_blacks_almond.jpgGreen & Blacks Organic Chocolates- "The Absolute Best Organic Chocolate in the World" according to Really Natural, so how can you go wrong? Whether its the Organic Maya Gold Chocolate, the Organic Ginger Chocolate Bar, the Organic Milk Chocolate Bar with Caramel or the Organic Bittersweet Dark Chocolate, Green & Black's are a great way to celebrate Earth Day (week) in a chocolate-loving way.

Check out Green & Blacks Organic Chocolates

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April 22, 2008

Turrón Candy & '1880' Gourmet Guirlache Turrón

turron marcona.jpgEver had Marcona almonds? If not, you're missing out. They are not your every day almonds, these are thinner, usually a little oilier, and with an amazing, distinct flavor. But we digress...we're here to talk about candy that incorporates Marcona almonds. These delectable, cruchy nuggets of goodness make up 65% of the '1880' Gourmet Guirlache Turron gourmet bar. The almonds are bound together with delicious dark caramel and sandwiched with thin wafers. Its hand-made in Alicante, Spain.

The 'suprema' quality of this bar is similar to traditional turrón except that it is made from caramelized sugar and whole fresh (unroasted) almonds, rather than honey and egg white of the traditional turrón.

But what the heck is turrón candy??

"Over a thousand years ago the tradition of turrón began in Spain. By combining almonds and honey, the Moorish conquerors of Spain created a new version of their traditional halva candy. This natural sweet became a Christmas tradition over the centuries, and is now only made in the Mediterranean town of Jijona." - La Tienda

Check out all sorts of Spanish Turron candy.

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Candy Snob Celebrates Earth Day All Week - Earth Day Pick!

flavor_raw_md.jpgSweetriot's flavor raw - new organic and antioxidant rich raw cacao beans!

While a little more bitter than normal (well, a lot more bitter), this is one of the healthiest ways to eat chocolate - "because raw cacao is the top antioxidant bearing food, it has double the amount of antioxidants of red wine and triple the amount of green tea leaves. it reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer and it contains theobromine - a natural mood stimulant and Phenylethylamine - the feeling of being in love!"

Check it out

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Review: Ethel's Chocolates Dark Chocolate Truffle

dark truffle.gifEthel's Dark Chocolate Truffle is what one might consider a more "traditional" truffle - dark chocolate with super-creamy truffle filling. But let us not mistake "traditional" for "average," for that is surely not the case. Beyond the high quality we expect from Ethel's, this truffle has quite a bit of depth of flavor. As you are enjoying the creaminess of the truffle, you'll notice the dark berry notes. From there, you will pick up on a coffee finish and aftertaste. This is a solid truffle for nearly any palette.

Read more about Ethel's Chocolates on Candy Snob:
Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Peanut Better truffle

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Gingerbread Spice Truffle
Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Classic Cabernet Truffle
Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Chewy Caramel with Dark Chocolate
Easter Selections from Ethel's Chocolate
Review: Ethel's Chocolates Espresso Truffle (Dark)
Review: Ethel's Chocolates Creme Brulee (Milk)

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April 21, 2008

Review: Russell Stover Internationale - German Black Forest Truffle

russell stovers.jpgRussell Stover Internationale is doing an interesting thing to compete in the "gourmet" chocolate market. It strives to take consumers to different areas around the world to sample the different chocolate tastes. So we tried the German Black Forest Truffle.

To be honest, it was surprisingly good. We hadn't set the bar too terribly high - nothing against Russell Stover. The bar is thin, divided into eight smaller pieces, which makes for easy eating. The dark truffle inside has a hint of cherry, and a very nice texture. Apparently, there is both dark and milk chocolate enrobing the truffle, which I didn't know until I read the package because I didn't taste the milk chocolate. Nice idea, but the subtlety was missed.

I think this bar would make more of an overall impact if it were a little thicker. Because it is so thin, there is naturally less truffle. This left me wanting more, and didn't give the texture contrast its just due. Also, if you're going to put a chocolate cake with white frosting on the package, wouldn't it make more sense to use white chocolate on the candy bar?

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Candy Snob Celebrates Earth Day All Week - Monday's Pick

bar_organic_chocolove.jpgChocolove Organic Dark Chocolate Bar with 61% Cocoa Content


"On a Caribbean Island, organic farming has stimulated the cocoa trees to produce cocoa beans that are full of character. The big fruity flavor, acidity, and bitterness of the beans are artfully crafted into a balanced full-bodied premium chocolate as only the Belgians know how to do. Upon eating, the extra cocoa butter softly gives way to tangy, bittersweet cocoa flavor."

Check it out

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April 20, 2008

Askinosie Chocolate

askinoe.jpgAskinosie Chocolate is another one of the many artisan chocolate makers that have been cropping up around this country. This time, the company comes from Missouri. All of Askinosie Chocolate bars are made in small batches, pressed from their own cocoa butter, and only utilize traceable single origin cocoa beans.

The founder, Shawn Askinosie, was "a criminal defense lawyer for nearly twenty years, who started making chocolate in his law office kitchen less than three years ago. After studying cocoa post harvest techniques in the Amazon and apprenticing under a master chocolate maker in Ecuador, Askinosie became committed to working directly with farmers in order to ensure the highest quality chocolate possible."

If you want to learn more about the back story, check it out here. As for the chocolate and how it tastes? We've heard that the Soconusco and San Jose Del Tambo are well balanced, smooth, buttery, but not super sweet.

Heads up and image from Cool Hunting

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