Chuao Firecracker

December 16, 2009 / 1 comment

No bones about it, the folks at Chuao make some really good chocolates. We especially love the Spicy Maya. But this one folks, this might actually have too much going on.

Bremer Hachez Cocoa d’Arriba (Blueberry and Cocoa Nibs)

December 16, 2009 / 0 comments

Hachez makes some fantastic German chocolates. We last reviewed their Strawberry and pepper dark chocolate, and just recently found this one. Again, their combination of Ecuadorian cocoa, and fruit prove to be an interesting mix.

Casa Don Puglisi Chilli Modicana Chocolate

November 29, 2009 / 0 comments

This was an interesting find – kudos to Chelsea Market Baskets in New York City for the recommendation. Made in Italy, in the laboratorio Don Puglisi, it comes in a plain wrapper, tied with a red string, and a card:

Vivani Ecuador Edel Bitter Chili 70% dark

October 23, 2009 / 0 comments

Lindt Ecuador Intense Dark

October 1, 2009 / 0 comments

As part of the Lindt Excellence series, they released an intriguing 75% cocoa, labeled “Intense Dark” and “Extra Fine”. Normally, we expect Lindt chocolate to be on the creamier side, and this was no disappointment. Good dark chocolate.

Newman’s Own Organics – Super Dark Chocolate 70%

August 17, 2009 / 0 comments

Speaking purely as a marketer, this intrigued me on the level of curiosity. Would this compare to other dark chocolates we have sampled? Was this merely a branded version of an organic chocolate produced by some larger chocolate concern? Would this hold up? Would it have been worth it? In short, to my best estimation,…

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Dagoba Conacado – 73% Dark Chocolate, Dominican Republic origin

August 17, 2009 / 0 comments

Dagoba has a phenomenal line of organic, single origin chocolates. We tried another in the line this past weekend, called “conacado,” after the Conacado Fair Trade co-op in the Dominican Republic. This is truly a wonderful chocolate – the flavor covers a wide spectrum of sweet tart fruit (cherry? cranberry?), coffee, hazelnut, and vanilla. This…

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Maria Tepozteca Chocolate Xocolatl (Chile)

August 7, 2009 / 2 comments

Picked this interesting chocolate up while down in CancĂșn, Mexico. Marketed as a traditional, Aztec-style chocolate, this massive 200g bar had me at “Chile.” “It tastes sweet and a little bit spicy. And, it feels smooth and good.” – 5-year-old.

Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate with pomegranate

August 7, 2009 / 0 comments

“It’s delicious, and it has a little taste of [fruit] punch in it. It tastes a little bit like grape juice.” – 5-year-old “It tastes like Giselle.” – 3-year-old Surprisingly, it doesn’t immediately taste like Hershey’s chocolate. We think there might be a little too much pomegranate; the sweet and tart fruit almost overwhelm the…

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Chocolove Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate

June 5, 2009 / 0 comments

Compared to the Frey orange dark chocolate, the orange flavor is much more even and subtle, but the freeze-dried orange peel itself is distracting. The chocolate is nice – the Belgian dark chocolate is smoother, more buttery, than the swiss counterpart – but it’s just those damn peels that get in the way.

Valrhona Le Noir Amer

June 5, 2009 / 0 comments

I can’t believe this chocolate hasn;t been reviewed yet. I’m fairly certain we’ve eaten this at least a half dozen times – and probably never had enough lying around long enough to review. We usually pick this up at our local Trader Joes – and quickly devour it. This is a good, straightforward chocolate. Dark?…

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Cadbury Royal Dark

May 20, 2009 / 0 comments

Never saw a dark chocolate from Cadbury here in the States, so we thought we’d pick this up for a try. The chocolate snob in us shudder at the mere thought of even trying this, but fair is fair. So, here we go: a bit too sweet for my taste. There’s a bit of a…

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Lindt Chili Dark

May 15, 2009 / 0 comments

This chocolate is a tantalizing conundrum. If we look at this from the chocolate point of view, then this dark Swiss chocolate is what one would hope to have for a mass-market gourmet chocolate: it’s silky smooth, with a tantalizing mouthfeel. It’s dark – not sure exactly how dark since no cocoa percentages are on…

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Chuao Chinita Nibs

May 14, 2009 / 0 comments

In a word – yummerific. Ok, so I’m a little biased: I (heart) Chuao chocolates – I have yet to be disappointed. Throw in caramelized cacao nibs, nutmeg into dark chocolate and you’ve got a winner. Bonus: girls in the three- to five-year-old category appreciate the shiny purple wrapper. How can you go wrong? A…

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Guylian Solitaires – Asian, Aztec, African dark

May 14, 2009 / 0 comments

An assortment of solitaire-sized chocolates, this Guylian assortment presented many challenges, not the least of which was which one to try, in what order. As the anal, compulsive, chocoholics that we are, it seemed the most logical to ascertain these in ascending cocoa percentages – that is, from lightest to darkest. And so: Asian dark…

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