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Nov
14



Lindt: Cherry and Chili II

Lindt is one of those chocolates that I’ve always felt were a little more “upscale” then the other brands that I’d see in more mainstream stores. In my mind they’re part of the chocolate “it” clique with Ghirardelli and Godiva , and they look down on chocolates such as Hershey’s, Dove, and Nestle’s. Lindt is part of the cool chocolate crowd.

I was excited when this bar was first released a little over a year ago. I remember seeing it at the All Candy Expo booth, but I didn’t get to try it until I visited a Lindt store and bought one for myself. It was actually on a day I was getting a haircut and I shared the bar with my hairdresser, who liked it a lot. I recently picked it up again because I wanted to re-visit the flavor, as I’ve gotten more familiar with spicy chocolate and was curious to see the taste comparison.

The bar is broken into large squares. Two of them make up the width of the bar. The squares are filled, as the cardboard wrapper indicates.

The aroma is nice and deep of dark chocolate. I get no spice or fruitiness at all. Inside, the cherry filling is gooey and akin to jam, but not as think or flavorful. Still, it delivers a nice fruity hit that blends and matches the chocolate. Ah, the chocolate. Lindt does do it well for such a large company as they still manage to get a very upscale feel to it. It’s very rich and slippery on the tongue and delivers nice roasted flavors. A good example of a nice 70% dark. As for the chili? Well, it’s hard to find. I tasted a little of it in the aftertaste, as a subtle warmth. That was about it.

This is a nice bar for beginners who want to try and expand their chocolate tastings. If you’ve never had a spice bar, this is a good one to try as it’s like putting your toe into the hot bathwater.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links:
Lindt USA Website

 


Nov
13



Lifesavers Gummies: Wild Berry Sours Package

Since I went out and found the regular Lifesaver Gummi Sours, naturally I came across the Wild Berry Sours Mix. I already went and explained them yesterday, so I won’t repeat myself. Let’s just cut to the tasting, shall we?

This mix was a little hard to pick out the flavors, are they’re either red, purple or white. From the listing on the front, three are the red color, two black and only leaves white grape as the light yellow colored one. I finally, under a bright light, was able to pick out subtle variations on the color enough to guess at the flavors.

Cherry Berry (darkest red):
This is just like the cherry Lifesaver. Heavy on the floral and fruity notes with a thick, syrupy taste.

Red Raspberry (red): I think this is the raspberry? The flavor is just red, I get no special fruity, floral, sweet notes at all to make a distinction. It was tasty nevertheless.

Strawberry (light red): Hmm, this does taste berry-like. Has some slight floral notes, but again, just tastes “red”. There were moments where I was sure this was strawberry and moments where I thought I was mistaken and this was the red raspberry. I’ve since given up trying to decide.

Black Raspberry (dark purple): This one had a very deep, but mild berry taste to it. It’s mainly just tart. It was different from the blackberry just by being more fruity and less intense.

Blackberry (mauve): It tastes like blueberry, which to me, is berry flavors with a strong, sweet, floral jasmine note to it. It’s very refreshing and works well with the tartness.

White Grape: My favorite. It really tastes of white grapes which are light, a little tart and have a lime/wine like flavor to it. Really unique and beautifully executed.

I liked these better than the regular Sours mix, but they still leave something to be desired in my mind and palate. If I want sour gummis I’ll go for Sour Patch and if I want Lifesavers I’ll go for the hard candy roll.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Lifesavers Website (Candystand)


Nov
12



Lifesavers Gummies: Sours Package

I remember when the Lifesaver gummis were first introduced into the candy world sometime when I was still in school (around the early 1990s in case you’re interested). The had a very sassy ad campaign with the new Lifesaver gummis dancing in a very colorful nightclub.  Or should I say Gummisavers? This was also about the same time as Lifesavers Holes were on the market. I kinda wish those survived over the gummis, but I digress….

These are the sour variety of the Lifesavers Gummi line, which is made up of the new set of the “Five Flavors”. This one comes in one of those grab bags, as opposed to the roll you normally see in the checkout counter. I like the design of it, it’s very eye-catching and enticing. 

Tangy Cherry (red): Very cherry and reminds me of the Lifesaver right away. It has that bright, syrupy taste and the following sweetness all paired with the sourness of the granular sugar coating.

Tangerine (orange): Immediately reminds me of the orange Lifesaver. Very citrusy with a hint of lemon in it so it’s a little more zesty than the standard orange flavor. The sourness pairs perfectly and it tastes terribly juicy. It even leaves that slight sour numbness in the mouth afterward. Easily Best of the bunch.

Watermelon (green): The most sour and artificial of the bunch. It’s that Jolly Rancher flavor, all the way. What more do I need to say?

Strawberry (pinkish red): A little lighter in color than the cherry and it’s hardly noticeable at first. It’s odd because it tastes more general “berry” to me than strawberry. It’s very fruity with a well balanced sweet/sour.

Black Raspberry (purple): Starts off sweet and gradually turns a little tart, like a real blackberry. I get more “juicy” berry flavors than “floral” ones, but it tastes very authentic with a deep sweet blackberry essence.

I like these, I felt they improved on the flavor of the regular Lifesavers Gummis which always came across as bland to me. I look forward to trying out the other kinds now.

Rating:Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Lifesavers Website (Candystand)


Nov
11



I am excited to announce that Chocolove, one of my favorite chocolate companies, is holding a sweet contest to have their head chocolatier, Timothy Moley, create your fantasy chocolate bar. How sweet is that?

Go visit their website and there you can take their survey and describe what your fantasy chocolate bar would be. The drawing is on December 8th, 2008, so I’d hurry to submit your idea.

So what is m fantasy bar? I have a few! I’d love to see a dark milk chocolate bar with bits of chewy italian torrone in it. I’d also love to see a chamomile infused white chocolate, possible studded with dried pineapple bits.

What would you like to see in a chocolate bar?

Links:
Chocolove’s Fantasy Flavor Contest and Survey
Chocolove Website


Nov
10



I spent an exciting Saturday at the 11th Annual New York City Chocolate Show. If you’re a chocolate lover at all, you need to attend this show at least once. It’s a great place to revel in your love of chocolate and discover new kinds to indulge in.

Republica Del Cacao

You can feast your eyes on the beautiful chocolates for sample and sale, along with the extremely creative chocolate sculpture and fashions that are modeled in a show which kicks off the chocolate filled weekend.

 

Chocolate Fashion

There were many wonderful and delicious things I saw and tasted while I was on the show floor, so I will mention a few of the highlights. But this is by no means a comprehensive slit of all the tasty stuff I ate at the show:
ECLAT Chocolate

Chocolate Show Website

 


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