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Aug
31



Fiat and Fiat Noir

Fiat was a candy find that I really just stumbled across in one of the many gourmet stores all over Los Angeles. In this specific one my boyfriend and I popped in because they’re supposed to have outstanding burgers, but I also found some cool candy in their store while I waited. One of them was the Fiat and the Fiat Noir. They both were in little displays at the cash registers. Seeing as they were from Majani chocolate company from Bologna, Italy, I figured they would be a small indulgence and were worth a try. Especially since they said “Gianduja” on them. Yum, yum!

Each Fiat is a little cube about 1/2 inch tall and 3/4 inch wide. The white/red paper wrappers conceal the edges to a foil wrapper that protects the gianduja. It’s simple and attractive to look at. You can faintly smell their rich sweetness through the package.

Once out of the wrappers each cube is beautiful to look at. You can see different layers of chocolate and lighter gianduja in the cubes, so they look very decorative.

The Fiat Noir has two chocolate sides sandwiching a center of gianduja, so it looks like a colorful two tone cube. The flavor is intensely rich of chocolate and gianduja. The hazelnut notes are impeccable with sweet nutty flavors and a nice roasted taste. The chocolate is smooth and creamy but not too sweet. The overall effect is a less sweet, but strong and fancier Nutella.

Fiat milk chocolate has a much lighter color scheme. This one has light creamy beige and milk chocolate stripes. The flavor is more hazelnut and very sweet. You don’t taste much chocolate flavor here, just intense nutty flavors and sweetness. It reminds me of a hazelnut peanut butter in a way. Really tasty.

These were both incredible. They were flavorful, delicious, rich and satisfying. The cube was just the right portion size too. They went fantastically with a cup of coffee. My boyfriend and I shared them for as long as I small stash remained. We will definitely be stopping to get more next time we’re close to that store again.

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard

Links Majani Website (Italian)


Feb
16



Vosges Blood Orange Caramel Bar

Just when you thought all the Vosges reviews were done right? Nope! I’ve been saving the best for last. Vosges has come out with so many bars over the year it’s really hard to keep track of them. But, I am able to recognize the new kid on the block, and this is how I found the Blood Orange Caramel bar. The pretty photography and packaging design stood out to me right away, and I was immediately excited to try it.

The bar is described with having hibiscus flowers, blood orange caramel, Campari, and 70% dark chocolate. An interesting and pleasing combination of flavors. The chocolate is a nice rich brown color with a glossy sheen. It snaps easily, as the bar is pretty thin for most “filled” chocolate bars. The caramel is flowing and smooth, and not very thick.

The orange flavor is immediately preset in the caramel. It’s got wonderfully juicy fresh citrus notes that aren’t too bitter. Then the floral flavors of the hibiscus come through with a hint of butter and salt underneath, which blends in with the blood orange flavors and it makes this taste extreme exotic and luxurious. The chocolate holds it together with its subtle sweetness and intense chocolatey flavors. The 70% mixes with it perfectly as it lets the caramel carry all the bar’s sweetness.

This bar is amazing. It’s different enough with the exotic flavor of the orange and hibiscus to make it taste like something new, but it’s delivered in a format we all know and love. If you’re ok with having to pay a little extra for Vosges chocolate bars, this is a great one to try. 

Rating: Hoard

 

Hoard

Links Vosges Website


Jan
24



Theo Nutcracker Toffee Dark Chocolate Bar

Theo is a chocolate company whose work I really love. They make really delicious chocolate and they have a strong ethic to organic and fair trade which makes them a really respectable company. So I was very excited to find that they produced some holiday limited edition flavors. Once of which is this Nutcracker Toffee bar.

This Nutcracker toffee bar is made with 70% dark chocolate with toffee and hazelnuts and almonds. The wrapper is adorable with its chocolatey brown background color and decorated with images of a nutcracker, snowflakes, hazelnuts and almonds. For an unconventional color scheme, this bar still looks very festive.

The dark chocolate has a clean snap and it extremely glossy with a nice reddish-brown color. You can see hints of the bits of nuts and toffee in there. Once the chocolate is on your tongue, it melts very smoothly, delivering very nice chocolatey notes. One things that surprised me about this bar is that the chocolate is very fruity. It starts of creamy and blossoms into bright raspberry and cherry notes. It’s very yummy. The nuts and toffee provide a wonderful crunch which contrasts the smooth chocolate beautifully. You get flavors of the nuts and toffee, all very fresh and buttery, but they’re lost in the intense dark chocolate.

A really delicious and festive holiday chocolate bar. Keep you eyes peeled in stores in case they’re still available on shelves.


Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Vosges Website

Links Theo Chocolate Website


Jan
17



Vosges Organic Enchanted Mushroom

This is another new Vosges bar that I discovered along with the holiday flavors, yet, I feel this one runs in more traditional Vosges fashion. It’s a very unique and to some, strange, flavor combination. This bar uses Reishi mushrooms mixed into the chocolate for it’s flavor combination. I can’t help but chuckle at the name “Enchanted Mushroom” as it seems to indicate that it’s have…some sort of magical effects on you. Hee hee.

The bar smells like a deep rich chocolate. It’s a 66%, so it’s a darker bar that bittersweet, which most usually run around 60%. The smell is woodsy and sweet, with notes of moss, earth, and cream.

The flavor is lovely. It starts out as a wonderfully rich and mild chocolate with full notes of cream, sweet coffee and slight notes of caramel. There’s little dried bits of reishi mushrooms in there, but I feel them more as a texture and they don’t deliver much flavor at all. At the end there’s a burst of berry flavors that’s very red of cherry and raspberry, but for the most part this is a very sweet, rich, creamy chocolate flavor. As funny as it sounds, it tastes like brownie batter to me.

This bar wasn’t unique enough in flavor to justify buying it again, even though it is fun to say you’re eating mushrooms and chocolate. If I was given it as a gift however, I’d gladly enjoy it again.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Vosges Website


Jan
12



Godiva Bakery Dessert Truffles Collection Box

These Limited Edition truffle collection from Godiva was a gift from my boyfriend. He likes finding candies that I haven’t had before, it’s a fun challenge for him. The flavor variation in these truffles caught his eye, and figured it’s be a fun sampling for the two of us. The collection is called “Bakery Desserts” and is flavored after different baked sweets: Chocolate Lava Cake, Red Velvet, Carrot, Tiramisu, Strawberry Tart and Cheesecake.

Each truffle is large, about the size of a golf ball. They’re well packaged in an oblong box that keeps them safe and secure. They all look different from one another, but it’s hard to tell which pattern represents each flavor. I really wish they came out with a flavor key, but sadly there isn’t one included.

 

Godiva Bakery Dessert Truffles Collection

Chocolate Lava Cake: Exterior is dark chocolate with a powered sugar exterior. This had a rich, velvety chocolate ganache on the inside. The ganache is bittersweet and extremely intense in it’s flavor. The bottom of the truffle has a more liquid chocolate to it to give the “molten effect. It’s a really tasty chocolate too, so it works both as an interpretation of a dessert and still hold up as a truffle.

Red Velvet Cake: Exterior is white with dark red striped. It tastes like chocolate. Nothing really says anything about red velvet to me. The white chocolate kinda feels like the white butter cream/cream cheese frosting you’re supposed to get with a red velvet cake. But really this truffle is just a plain chocolate ganache with a fancy name.

Carrot Cake: Smells coconutty right away, and the exterior is milk chocolate truffle with nuts outside. I took a bite and first thought it was tiramisu because I got a mouthful of creamy, cinnamon tasting cream. Then I realized there was another flavor half to the truffle, which I then took a bite of and it tasted of carrot cake with a creamy cinnamon hit and a carroty flavor. It’s nice, but odd to think you’d get a different flavor depending on what side you bite down on first.

Tiramisu: The exterior is a white chocolate with dark chocolate sprinkles on top. This truffle had a better construction. The flavored interiors were split top to bottom this time, so at once I knew the flavor as soon as I bit in. It has a wonderful creamy flavor that had a nice addition of mocha to it. The chocolate exterior added some extra sweetness and creaminess to it that was really delicious.

Cheesecake: Exterior of milk chocolate with graham bits on it. This one is intensely rich and creamy. The inside is a sweet cream cheese interior with a nice tart notes to it. It’s paired with a smooth chocolate filling, so it ends up being really rich and flavorful and faithful to the original dessert.

Strawberry Tart: Exterior of milk chocolate with dark chocolate striped. Again I took a bite of this one not knowing what to expect. Then the truffle I bit in half and there were two distinct sides to the truffle. I took a bite of the darker one and it was an intense strawberry jam. Ah hah, I know what this is now. The jam was very flavorful and fresh, and the creamy other half gives it that nice custard flavor that tarts have.

This was a really nice truffle sampling. Each flavor was accurate to the dessert they were paying homage to. They feel unique and special, so it’s a good treat for others and yourself.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

Links Godiva Website


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