September 2011
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Condorelli Torrone

These Condorelli Torrone were a find in a random gourmet store I stopped into. The colors indicate different flavors. I remember these being very addicting.


Lindt Black Currant

Lindt is a favorite chocolate of mine and has been for some time. I recall my parents buying it on occasion when I was a little kid. They’d had spent some time in Europe and “American” chocolate never satisfied them afterwards. So Lindt was the indulgence of good chocolate back then. It was ingrained into me early on that Lindt was a good chocolate and was something to have from time to time.

Like Godiva, Lindt was been experimenting with new flavors and such in the past few years. This is why the new Black Currant flavor caught my eye. It’s the classic chocolate I love with a new twist. How could I resist! I found this bar only moments before the Godiva Ice Cream Parlor truffles. So yes, I was in new candy overload that day.

The chocolate is a nice middle brown color with a subtle red tones to it. There isn’t much of a sheen to this chocolate, it’s very matte, but it’s still beautiful. The smell is extremely fruity. It’s spot on the aroma of black currants, with their rich, blackberry base and juicy notes of grapes and raspberries. The break for the chocolate is fairly smooth, and surprisingly I noticed these white slivers in the chocolate. Looking at the ingredients list showed there’s small almond slivers in here. 

The aroma made me nervous that the chocolate was going to drown out the chocolate flavor. Thankfully my worries were just that. The flavor is very complex. The currant flavor comes forward first, and it’s not where near as strong as the smell would suggest. The chocolate mixed with the currant flavors and it’s very rich and fruity. The flavor is sweet and smooth, with no tart or sour notes. It’s almost like a sweet wine, all fruity and rich. The currants release their nice blackberry and raspberry flavors. The chocolate gives it some sweetness and rounds out the flavor. The almonds give it a subtle crunch but not flavor. Once is awhile you’d get a currant piece, which also just added a chewy texture.

Very good, yummy!

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Lindt USA Website



New Tree Belgian Biscuit

New Tree has done a lot of evolving over the years as a chocolate company. I recall back a few years ago when their chocolate bars had emotions and specific flavors paired together. You can see an early candy review of mine from where I reviewed all the current New Tree flavors at the time. Since then they’ve really changed their flavors and chocolate philosophy now. They’ve gone “healthier”, which is the best way I can put it now. Let’s look at this Belgian Biscuit bar as an example.

To start, this bar is a 65% chocolate and is labeled as “dark chocolate with golden flax seeds” along “3x more fiber, omega 3 and -30% sugar”. Healthier that most chocolates on the market now, wouldn’t you say?

Taking a bite the chocolate immediately has a lot of crunch to it. You taste sweetness and the butteryness of the biscuits, the chocolate really takes a back seat here. The biscuit’s flavor is the main star here. You don’t really taste the flax at all, it’s more of a texture at the very end when you get the seeds separating from the chocolate on your tongue and then stuck in your teeth.

Tasty, but not the best bar if you’re looking for a chocolatey hit. I found the texture to be the dominant factor in this chocolate bar, and it makes the bar difficult to be eaten in any other manner other than chewing it.

To be fair, New Tress does carry a collection like the originals I expressed above in the 2007 review. Yes, there’s been some changes. but the idea remains on the whole. Their branching out into more unique, healthful and innovative chocolate bars are interesting. I can’t say that these are something I’d immediately go for, but I’m sure they do appeal to certain consumers. It’s a quality bar at the end of the day, so it’s a good thing to go for if it sounds interesting to you.

Rating: Might Eat Again


Might Eat Again

Links New Tree Webpage



Whoppers Reeses I

Whoppers came out with a few different flavor varieties. One of them were these Reese’s Whoppers, with a peanut butter covering and the standard malt interior. I don’t think I ever made official tasting notes on them, but I recall them being interesting.


Lindt Grandeur White Chocolate Almond

I could start this review by gushing, yet again, about how much I love white chocolate. I’ll spare you the speech this time around. This Lindt bar has been around for some time, and it baffles me that I’ve waited this long to try it. I think perhaps because it took me a bit to find, and like many of my most recent candy finds, Target is where I finally located this bar.

The chocolate is beautiful. It has a white creamy color and it is well studded with almonds. You can see their shapes and colors poking through the ivory chocolate.

The sections of this chocolate bar are rather large, easily an inch and a half on each side. The chocolate is think too, it’s about 1.2 in thick, probably so the almonds fit into the chocolate. The chocolate smells buttery and sweet with a hint of amaretto.

The chocolate is lovely. It’s smooth and creamy, with a nice sweet subtle chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla. It’s an excellent white chocolate. The almonds are fresh and crunchy and deliver a wonderful smooth nutty flavor that compliments the white chocolate so well. It’s a very rich bar, but it’s very delightful in the flavors which are sweet, but not overpowering.

Love this bar. It’s a great example of how a simple white chocolate is very versatile with many ingredients. It’s hard for me to choose which I like better, this or the White Chocolate Coconut bar that Lindt also has. I very much recommend this bar for someone who loves white chocolate or is looking for a good bar to try it for the first time.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Lindt USA Website


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