Here’s the second Dolfin summer edition chocolate bars. This one is pretty appropriate with its name: “Summer Memories”, as summer is indeed a memory as of now. The flavor is “Apple crumble” with “apple, hazelnuts and sugar cane” in it. I don’t know about you, but apple crumble is more of a fall dessert in my mind. I digress.
Today’s bar is a darker chocolate, a 60% bittersweet to be exact. The chocolate’s color is very dark, with blue-ish tones to it and a bright gloss. You can see the bits of apple and/or hazelnuts in the back of the bar. The snap is very crisp and strong.
The aroma is spicy like a lot of cinnamon chili bars I’ve had before. There’s notes of coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg and chili.
The flavor begins sweetly and I get a “warmth” from the cinnamon with some nice creamy flavors of the chocolate. Then it’s accented with flavors of coffee and caramel. The end of the flavor is very chocolatey with a strong cream note and then it finishes smooth and lightly with subtle notes of vanilla and cocoa. I’m sad to say I don’t get any apple of hazelnut flavor, which I find quite disappointing. The hazelnut texture I do detect amidst the velvety chocolate. The tiny pieces impart a praline like crunch.
I’d buy “Southern Passion” before getting this one again.
Rating: Might Eat Again
Dolfin is a chocolate company from Belgium that I’ve gotten very familiar with in the past couple of years. I originally bought their chocolate because they offer these adorable pocket sized bars in interesting flavors. I figured it’s be a safe way to expand my flavor profile without much risk if I didn’t like how something tasted. I was excited to find that they released a bunch of summer limited edition flavors and found them during one of my trips to New York City to visit family. I am aware that it’s December now ad very far away from summer, but I feel the need to review these flavors before another season passes.
The first limited edition flavor I’ll review is the “Southern Passion”. It’s described as: “milk chocolate with apricot and rosemary”. Doesn’t that sound tasty? I’ve had apricot in chocolate, but not rosemary, so I was pretty excited to give it a taste.
The chocolate is a light brown color and it’s very attractive. The bar smells lightly of chocolate but mainly you get the woodsy, herbal notes of the rosemary. It still comes off as “sweet”, but the scent certainly overpowers everything else.
The flavor is immediately sweet and you get the light peachy/appley taste of apricot with a good creamy sweet cocoa hit. The rosemary hits very lightly, more of a hint and suggestion (also a slight texture from the pieces ground in there) than an actual strong presence like the smell suggests. The bar is also slightly salty too, so you get this really beautiful balance of creamy milk chocolate with caramel and cream notes, but no dairy tang, with a light authentic flavor of apricot. Those flavors are balanced with a light herbal kick and the dose of salt. Beautifully done and terribly tasty.
I’d buy it again, easily. Since it’s a limited edition I can see myself hoarding it if I could find more to buy….
Rating: Will Buy Again
El Rey is a chocolate brand that’s known far and wide amongst fellow chocolate enthusiasts. They’re a Venezuelan based chocolate and have many fans, with many of them chefs, because of it’s excellent flavor and quality. I picked up this 61% Mijao (Venezuelan singe bean origin “Carenero Superior”) bar in Whole Foods eager to taste this greatness for myself and put my tasting skills to good work.
Unwrapping the bar, the chocolate is gorgeous to look at with very dark in color with reddish undertones. There’s not a lot of gloss to it, only a subtle sheen, but still beautiful. The pieces have a great hard snap and clean break. The pieces sound crisp, like dominoes, when they clink together.
The smell is very bright and vibrant of coffee, red fruits, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla and a hint of raisins. It’s a wonderful combination of aromas, and it makes me even more anxious to taste it!
The snap is very hard and robust. In the mouth I found chewing the chocolate was useful in coaxing the flavors out. Once it starts melting it has a nice smooth feel to it. The flavor is very mild and “green” at first, I get notes of forest, asparagus and green coffee. Then the taste mellows into cream, caramel and cappuccino in the middle, then the finish is bright with a light tartness of berries mixed with more cream notes. The aftertaste is very fresh and clean with light notes of the green coffee, but they are barely noticeable.
Oh yum! I now know what the fuss is all about. A beautiful bittersweet chocolate to invest in, whether you intend to bake with it or, as I prefer, to eat it straight.
Rating: Will Buy Again
El Rey Website
I keep seeing these “Fully Loaded” bars and I’ve been wondering what they’re all about. The packages stick out like a sore thumb with a very eye-catching but overly crowded design. I kept putting off trying them simply because I was intimidated by the sized the regular bars. Then I noticed these small ones at my local Wawa, so I picked up a few taking it as a sign I should finally give them a go. The variety of the minis is the “milk chocolate with cookies & creme and chocolate chips”. Sounds tasty!
The chocolate is a little square, about 1/2 oz. The one side is “fully loaded” with the extras and the other is the chocolate with the company name and brand printed on it. Talk about pumping all the advertising space available!
First thing I notice is how hard this is to eat since the “loaded” pieces keep falling off. It smells sweet and I’m reminded of an Oreo cookie, even though it’s been a long time since I’ve had one. Some things you just don’t forget.
Flavor is terribly sweet, and along with the subtle notes of the milk chocolate that manages to peek though all the sugar, that’s really all I taste. The “fully loaded” part really end up being more about texture than flavor, it adds a really pleasant crunch to the sweet, smooth milk chocolate base.
I’d eat this again if it was given to me. I’m sort of curious to try the other varieties now. As soon as I see mini sizes of them….
Rating: Might Eat Again
Fully Loaded Website
Kallari is a chocolate company that is a chocolate cooperative dedicated to providing organic, sustainable, fair trade chocolate that I discovered them back in June at the Bucks Country Chocolate Show. They strive to create great tasting chocolate while cutting out the “middle man” to provide the cocoa farmers with income and knowledge they need to continue their practices. The packaging in the photo above, while outdated, shows the faces of the children from the Kichiwa people directly benefiting from your purchase. Talk about putting a face to the cause.
I bought one of the different types of chocolate bars that Kallari sells. They do things simply, with a selection of rich dark chocolates ranging from 70%, 75% and 85% cocoa content.
70%: The smell is intense with accents of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and cinnamon. The taste is very vanilla with accents that are light and damp, like a cool forest. The middle of the flavor has slight vegetable taste, but it’s nice, not odd or out of place. The bar ends with strong notes of cocoa and coffee and a clean finish.
75% Roberto’s Recipe “extra dark chocolate with vanilla”: It has a nice color and subtle gloss. The snap is crisp, the beak is extremely clean and the sections are easy to break off evenly at the partitions. It smells very fruity with notes of red berries, raisins, raspberry, caramel and coffee.
The flavor is cool and a dry at first with light notes of vanilla. It then expands more allowing stronger notes of cocoa, caramel, vanilla and honey show through. The finish shows a peek of fruitiness. I get a little cherry/raspberry note as well as some moss in there. The aftertaste is extremely light and clean.
The texture is very smooth and not overly thick or slippery in the mouth. A beautiful 75% bar that’s great for beginners as the flavors aren’t acidic and it’s wonderfully chocolatey.
85%: The aroma is surprisingly sweet. There’s notes of cream, coffee, caramel and vanilla. The taste is first bland and dry but then notes of almonds and cream come forward and bloom on the tongue. The finish has light notes of cherries, raspberries, cream and vanilla. Really wonderful for such a high percentage bar.
With such a delicious range of chocolate and wonderful production practices, I can’t do anything but highly recommend these. Your conscience or your taste buds won’ be let down.
Rating: Will Buy Again