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Jan
31



Vosges Habana Bar

How can you tell I’m still going crazy with the Vosges bars? It’s amazing how many new things a chocolatier can make when you ignore them for a few months. So many chocolate bars to catch up on! This Habana bar is made up of Ecuadorian Plantain Chips, enveloped in 45% deep milk chocolate. The packaging of this bar is much plainer than the other bars I’ve had recently. It opted for a deep purple color and yellow accents over the clinical macro photography of ingredients that the other bars had.

Upon opening this chocolate, this bar is thicker than other Vosges bars I’ve had before, as it looks like double the thickness to me. It’s a nice middle brown color, and it’s very creamy looking. The chocolate smells sweet and starchy. No hints of cocoa at all.

Taking the first bite, immediately the texture is very strange. The plantain chips have been crushed up and mixed into the chocolate so the texture is extremely gritty. The chocolate is very smooth so it’s kinda a shame that the chips were incorporated that way. The chocolate comes across as very sandy because of it.

The flavor? Well, it’s strange. It starts off sweet, then you get this sweet, perfumey flavor from the plantain chips. Then you taste the salt from the dried chips, and it just overwhelms the rest of the flavors until the finish. It’s very strange and unexpected.

Really not a fan of this one. The texture kills it for me.

Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It

Links Vosges Website


Jan
28



M&M Limited Edition Flavors

These three M&Ms were the first flavored Limited Editions that came out. At the time this trend was just starting, and these appeared on shelves in the summer of 2007 in select M&M world stores. Thankfully I lived close to New York City at the time and could get some of the flavors for myself. I seem to recall there being more flavors than just these three. I remember a mint one as well I think.


Jan
26



Vosges Cherry Rooibus Bar

I was immediately excited about this Vosges bar to see that it incorporated both a familiar ingredient and something exotic. The dried cherries are a very familiar taste, which Rooibus, an tea from an African bush, is something that is more elusive to the American flavor palette. Rooibus is a pleasantly grassy tea, hat has richer, more caramel flavors to it compared to more popular teas like sencha (green tea) or earl gray.

The chocolate has a nice sheen and is a pleasant, rich brown color. It smells purely of fruity chocolate, with no hint of tea or cherries.

The flavor is mainly of the bright, tart, fruity cherries and the wonderfully rich, complex milk chocolate. I have a hard time tasting and feeling the texture of the rooibus. The cherries and the milk chocolate are such dominant flavors that I feel the tea gets lost. The milk chocolate has wonderful cream and caramel notes, and along with the cherries it makes for a extremely rich experience. The cherries are incredibly fresh and tasty with intense mixing sweet and tart flavors. It’s awesome, just don’t expect much in the rooibus department.

I feel this bar is partly a success only because you can’t really taste one of the main ingredients. Still, even with the chocolate and the cherries it’s a delicious gourmet chocolate bar. It might be a good chocolate to introduce to those who aren’t as inclined to try new things, since the rooibus is such a hidden flavor.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again

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
21



The Chocolate Show: Samples: Coppeneur Bars

Coppeneur is a German chocolate company who makes a lot of specialized chocolate bars. They have a store in the Trump Place grocery store up on 69th St and 3rd avenue in NYC. I liked the size and flavor of the bars that I’ve tried, so I’m sad I can’t stop by this store regularly anymore.


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