April 6, 2008

Mast Brothers Chocolate

mastbros2.jpgWe love candy stories that include brothers cooking up confections on a shoestring (ahem...Boyer Brothers...), so we are thrilled to hear about Mast Brothers Chocolate.

Rick (complete with a Jacques Torres pedigree) and Michael Mast, always dreamed of interestingflavor combinations (dark chocolate with pecans roasted in maple sourced from Canada, dark milk chocolate and hazelnut, dark chocolate and pistachio), so one day they took the plunge into artisan chocolate.

They source their ingredients with care, primarily using single-origin Venezuelan and Ecuadorian cacao, or you can get plain single-origin bars as well.

Wrap all that goodness up in patterned wrappers, imported from Italy, and you have a really unique treat. Unfortunately for many of us, being the good artisans that they are, they're only selling in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thank you Cool Hunting for the heads up and the image.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

April 5, 2008

Gourmet Dark Chocolate 'Guaranda' by La Cuna

guaranda.jpgThis dark chocolate bar is a really special treat, and would make a great gift for the chocolate lover in your life. It has a deep, intense flavor and is literally hand made. The chocolatiers hand wrap each bar as and secure the package with sealing wax.

As with most great chocolate, its the simple ingredients that make all the difference - cocoa, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin. The chocolate is made from Arriba - an exceptional grade of Guaranda cocoa from Ecuador. The cocoa comes from the upper area of the river Guayas.

Check out all sorts of sweet, Spanish goodies here.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

April 4, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolates Espresso Truffle (Dark)

espresso.gifToday's Ethel's installment comes from their (or is it "her") Truffle Collection - the Chocolate Espresso Truffle. It is a dark chocolate truffle, with a dusting of espresso powder on the outside. We found this powder to be a little bitter, which is the point I suppose. It certainly struck a stark contrast to the pudding-like truffle inside. For those reasons, we suggest you not bite the piece. Instead, pop the whole thing in your mouth, it will be an overall more enjoyable experience. You won't be overwhelmed by the bitterness, and you'll get the full effect of the contrast.

We're not sure if there was a problem with this batch, a problem with heat in transport, or just an unlucky piece for Candy Snob, but we found the truffle to be a little too too runny. This absolutely didn't effect the flavor, it stood up to the quality we've found with all the Ethel's chocolates. But it didn't quite have the fluffy truffle-ness one might expect.

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

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

April 3, 2008

Hotel Chocolat Spring Catwalk Collection

catwalk.jpgSpring is in the air, and Candy Snob has started to set its sites on Mother's Day. Whether you're getting this for your mom or you just want a great sampler of chocolates, you can't go wrong with either of these from Hotel Chocolat's "Catwalk" collection.

The Large Catwalk Collection of the Season includes 36 hand-finished chocolates with a variety of interesting and seasonal flavors, including: mint & strawberry, white rum, fruit & nut, red currant, melon martini and salted caramel. We can't wait to try the salted caramel.

The Small Catwalk Collection of the Season includes two layers of many fo the same chocolates, minus those with alcohol. There are 18 chocolates in total with this one.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 31, 2008

Almond Piedras - Gourmet Chocolate Covered Almonds

piedras.jpgThe word 'piedras' means stones in Spanish. Spanish Largueta almonds are toasted and covered in dark chocolate, then rolled in cocoa. They come in a 3.5 oz. package, holding about 12 pieces.

Check out all sorts of sweet, Spanish goodies here, or the Almond Piedras here.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 30, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Chocolate Mousse

Thumbnail image for ethels.jpgWe're going to coin a new term here at Candy Snob - "mousse-y" - because that's the only way to accurately describe the Chocolate Mousse truffle we just ate from Ethel's Chocolate Lounge.

Its a darker mousse than what you might see in a normal chocolate mousse desert. Nor is it fluffy like typical mousse, its really more like ganache (we're not complaining!).Take the fantastic filling, and couple it with Ethel's dark chocolate coating, and you have an extremely rich piece of deliciousness.

Check out Ethel's Chocolate Lounge website.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 27, 2008

Rabitos Gourmet Chocolate-stuffed Fig Bonbons

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There are few fruits, in our opinion, that make for better candy filling than figs (see our thoughts on Figamajigs here). Which is why we're enamored with these Spanish chocolate-stuff fig bonbons. They are made in the Spanish vilage of Extremadura, where they mix the figs with a blend of dark chocolate and brandy liqueur; then they hand-dipp the pieces in more dark chocolate. These juicy morsels won the Best Confection Award 2006 in the New York Fancy Food Show, BTW.

Check out all sorts of sweet, Spanish goodies here.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 26, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Peanut Better truffle

peanut better.gifToday we're looking at the Peanut Better truffle from Ethel's "American Pop" collection. No, it is not a typo in the title, it is supposed to be "Peanut Better" not "Butter." Why? easy, because it really is better. You'll be struck by the difference in the taste - this is the real stuff, not typical processed candy peanut butter.

I remember my grandmother bringing home tubs of actual peanut butter from the Boyer Brothers factory to use in our PB&J sandwiches, and this truffle brought me back. Its a slightly gritty texture, and very gooey and sticky. And we love the milk chocolate. This might be the best peanut butter/chocolate candy we've ever had.

Check out Ethel's Chocolate Lounge website.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 25, 2008

Review: Chocolove Ginger Crystalized in Dark Chocolate

bar_ginger_575.jpgOh how love Chocolove's Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate, let me count the ways...

chocolove ginger.jpg1. The crystalized ginger is in small, almost granular pieces. In many ginger/chocolate pieces I've had, the pieces are larger and sometimes a little chewy, which throws off the whole texture. I'm more of a "melt in your mouth" rather than a "bite and chew" chocolate eater. But with this bar, I'm compelled to chew, I think its the way to go to release the full textural and flavor experience.

2. Those same large pieces sometimes make the ginger flavor too much, it makes it unbalanced. Not so with the Chocolove bar, its pieces, because they are smaller and are crumbly, give you the nice bite on the sides of your tongue, without detracting from the chocolate.

3. Ingredients that span the globe - Australian ginger and Belgian chocolate.

4. 65% cocoa content, just the right amount to mix with another strong flavor.

5. The love poem (this comes with every Chocolove bar, but we like it anyway).

6. Two simple ingredients - dark chocolate, crystalized ginger.

7. A big bar, so you don't run out easily - it measures 6" x 3"

Check out Chocolove's Ginger Crystallized in Dark Chocolate.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

March 24, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Gingerbread Spice Truffle

gingerbread.gifI never thought I would be falling in love with a woman named "Ethel," but indeed it is happening. Her Gingerbread Spice Truffle comes from the "American Pop" collection and is just terrific. Its a milk chocolate truffle, and it is super-creamy. I wasn't sure about the chocolate/gingerbread combo, but both my wife and I agree that they worked unexpectedly well together. Delicious.

Check out Ethel's Chocolate Lounge website.

Bob Wallace at Permalink | social bookmarking

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