Fortnum & Mason Chocolate no. 37: mexican mole spice

February 27, 2014 / 0 comments

Another trophy from England, thanks to awesome friends, this is a house brand chocolate that’s an interesting take on Mexican chocolate.

Menakao Truly Madagascar Dark Chocolate 70% Bird Chili

February 25, 2014 / 0 comments

First bite of this bar, (all the way from the UK via awesome friends!) and we were practically stupefied by how awesome this was. And, we realized that Madegascar is the next up-and-coming chocolate country, giving South America a run for the money.

Lindt Extra fine dark chocolate infused with red chili

February 2, 2014 / 0 comments

As written elsewhere, we’ve yet to be disappointed with any of the fine chocolates from Lindt. (However, we are extremely curious as to what constitutes ‘fine dark chocolate’ and what is ‘extra fine dark chocolate.’)

Lindt Fine dark chocolate with Strawberry pieces

February 2, 2014 / 0 comments

We have never been disappointed with anything from Lindt. Like the bar we tried with chili pepper, the consistency is phenomenal. Sure, this doesn’t have any chili whatsoever, but we like Lindt so we wanted to try it anyway…

Sir Francis Bacon Toffee Bar

January 25, 2014 / 0 comments

While spicy chocolate is our category of choice (we need to keep focused! it’s too easy to be distracted by lots of other delicious chocolates!), I’m not embarrassed to admit the next category down would probably have to be chocolate with bacon as a key ingredient.

Lake Champlain Spicy Aztec

January 11, 2014 / 0 comments

Another of our favorite chocolatiers, Lake Champlain has a line of organic chocolate, which includes this fantastic bar: “An unexpected blend of spicy cayenne, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and fragrant cinnamon…” This has a fantastic mouthfeel – more creamy and sweet than we’d expect. As soon as your mouth acclimates to the melting chocolate consistency, you…

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Theo Organic Spicy Chile Dark Chocolate

January 4, 2014 / 0 comments

We’ve had other chocolates from Theo, from their 3400 Phinney line. Nice initial mouthfeel, even with the slightest bit of grittiness at the outset, but it then melts quickly and smoothly. We expected more sweetness, but was pleasantly surprised at the sultry, darker bitterness that came through. The heat from chili and cayenne starts to…

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Taza Chipotle Chili Chocolate Mexicano

December 21, 2013 / 0 comments

This was a chocolate on our wish-to-try list recently, and finally picked up a bar. In Somerville, MA, (Suhmahville) these chocolatiers use and grind organic cocao beans using Oaxacan stone mills, in a traditional mexican-style process.

Madécasse Madagascar’s Hottest Secret Cinnamon & Sakay

November 5, 2013 / 0 comments

Now here’s one of the more interesting bars we’ve come across recently: another chocolate supporting of cacao farmers (like Equal Exchange‘s line, but this reminded me a lot of the spicy szechuan bar from a while back.)

Equal Exchange Lemon Ginger chocolate with Black Pepper

August 13, 2013 / 0 comments

Equal Exchange has surprised us with some of the chocolate they’re putting out: between this and their hot chocolate mix, we are some happy spicy chocolate fans. Combine with their coffee, and it’s even better, and you can feel good about getting your spicy on.

Chip’n Dipped Hot! Chocolate

May 30, 2013 / 0 comments

On first bite, the dark chocolate in this bar (63%) comes through alone: it’s good, it’s okay, it’s dark chocolate. This is supposed to be spicy chocolate, so then I’m waiting for the heat to kick in, after all, this is called Hot! Chocolate.

Wild Ophelia New Orleans Chili

May 24, 2013 / 0 comments

One of our favorite chocolate makers, Katrina, of Vosges Haut-Chocolat fame, has another line of chocolates inspired by a cross-country trip across the U.S., and the inevitable attraction to local flavors that such a trip would impart: peaches, pecans, barbecue-flavored potato chips…

John & Kira’s Urban Garden Bars: guajillo chili pepper + almonds

April 5, 2013 / 0 comments

For the uninitiated in the spicy pepper universe, guajillo peppers are pretty mild, usually reserved for preparing salsas and sauces. So before we pop a piece into our mouth, we are already anticipating some disappointment in the heat category. However, the wonderful folks at John & Kira’s (from Philly, yo!) have partnered with a couple…

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Trader Joes Chocolate Passport

December 23, 2012 / 0 comments

In a word: yummy! In two words: yum-my! An attractive, blue box with eight small (45g) bars of single origin chocolates, to serve as an exploration of tastes and textures from a wide variety of cocoa-producing regions: Ecuador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Dominican Republic, São Tome, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea are the chosen representatives.

Nói Síríus 45% Semi-Sweet Pure Icelandic Chocolate

June 12, 2012 / 0 comments

It doesn’t have chili or heat. It isn’t that dark. But let me tell you, this is one of the flat out, best freakin’ chocolates you will ever try.