March 22, 2008

My Easter Gift from my Mother-in-Law

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It used to just be a Christmas tradition, now fortunately for me, I think my mother-in-law has expanded the Lindt Lindor Truffle gifts to most gift-giving occasions. Yep, I just received my Easter gift and inside were two bags of some of my favorites. The first bag is an assortment of milk, dark and white chocolate truffles, the second holds the 60% extra dark versions. No matter the flavor, these perfectly spherical treats have a chocolate shell that melts very smoothly, eventually giving way to a creamy, cool rush of truffle filling. Thank you!

Check out Lindt Lindor 60% Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles

Check out the Assortment Pack of Lindt Lindor Truffles

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March 21, 2008

Blanxart Dark Chocolate Duet from Spain

Blanxart dark chocolate, arguably the best Spanish chocolate out there, in two forms. One, pure dark chocolate for the purists. Two, with equally delicious Marcona almonds, if you prefer a little crunch with your chocolate.

Some interesting historical tidbits...the logo comes from woodcuts in the Barcelona History Museum. Spain introduced chocolate to Europe in the 16th Century. In the 1500s, Barcelona became one of the earliest producers on artisan chocolate in the world. Blanxart's history starts about half a century later in Les Corts, in Barcelona.

Check out all sorts of sweet, Spanish goodies here.

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March 20, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Classic Cabernet Truffle

ethels.jpgWe continue to make our way through the 12-pack of Ethel's chocolates we bought. This time, we're looking at a member of Ethel's "Cocktail" collection, the Classic Cabernet Truffle. Of all the truffles we've tried, this is probably our least favorite. Granted, its not bad, but you barely tasted the wine flavor, which we attribute to the filling being too small. It had, in fact, shrunk inside the shell and separated. However the dark chocolate was delicious, and the painting on the outside of the truffle was beautiful.

Check out Ethel's Chocolate Lounge website.

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March 18, 2008

Review: Chocolove Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate Bar


This would have been a great Valentine's post (they actually have a love poem inside the wrapper), but we should feel "Chocolove" all year round. We love the Chocolove line in general, but this bar is exceptional. When something is really good, my dad likes to say "That'll make you want to throw your hat in the lake." Truer words were never said about this bar.

The dried Michigan cherries aren't overly sweet, and they are unquestionably natural tasting - no cherry flavoring here. And the chunks are nice and chewy. The California almond nibs are dry-roasted and add a little crunch and a subtle saltiness. And of course the smooth, complex 55% dark chocolate. The chewy, crunchy combination of cherries and almonds provides a delicious flavor contrast initially, then gradually blends with the rich, complex flavor of dark chocolate. The bar measures 6" x 3".

Get some Chocolove for yourself.

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March 16, 2008

Petits Noirs boutique helps pair chocolate with wine

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We were alerted to this boutique chocolate company via Cheap Fun Wines. Petits Noir is a based on Oregon, and takes their cues from the local produce and also from the complexity of the flavors found in their "terroir" (to use a wine term). It makes sense being headquartered in Oregon, with its Pinot Noirs and other wines. The end result are chocolates that are not your run-of-the-mill, with flavors lik thyme, lavender, clove, and cassis. Naturally, their chocolates are natural pairings with wines - designed to complement certain notes in wines. They recommend trying their cardamom or toasted anise seed with a luscious red wine, such as a Syrah or a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Check out Petits Noirs

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Last minute Easter gifts - Milk Chocolate Easter Egg filled with ganache & praline Easter eggs


40% Milk Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg

Half a pound of chocolaty goodness! And surprisingly enough, it has less sugar more cocoa than typical milk chocolate.

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March 13, 2008

The Serious Dark Fix Easter Egg

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Serious Dark Fix Egg™ Easter Egg

A 72% dark chocolate shell, and inside...single estate dark chocolates and deliciously dark pralines. Presented in a beautiful embossed box.

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March 11, 2008

72% Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs from Hotel Chocolat


72% Dark Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg

Beautilicious...a technical term to describe this dark chocolate lovers' egg. 72% dark chocolate with deep, rich, never-bitter cocoa flavors.

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Dark Chocolate with Orange by Blanxart

blanxart.jpgDo you like the combo of dark chocolate and orange? If the answer is yes, then you will love this bar from Blanxart. Its top notch dark chocolate from Ghana, studded with the tangy sweetness of candied slivers of Valencian Orange rind.

The bar is premium 60% cacao, mixed with real cane sugar and authentic vanilla for a deep, rich, mellow flavor.

Click here to learn more about authentic, Spanish sweets like this bar.

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March 10, 2008

Review: Ethel's Chocolate - Chewy Caramel with Dark Chocolate

chewy dark.gifTo quote my dad, these chocolate covered caramels are so good that "they make me want to throw my hat in the lake." That about sums it up I think, but these members of Ethel's Nut & Caramel collection are truly superb. We picked these up in Ethel's Las Vegas lounge, but you can also order them online.

Basically, they're about 1 square inch of soft, milky goodness. The dark chocolate is top notch, it melts nicely and bites even better. And the caramel tastes more like dolce de leche than regular 'ole caramel really.

"Holy mackerel" and "mmmmm" were what we were saying most while trying this piece, which I hope gives you all the details you need. :)

We bought a whole sampler pack fro Ethel's, so be on the lookout for a lot more from Ethel's on Candy Snob.

Check out Ethel's Chocolate Lounge website.

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