Godiva Masterpieces Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart

I found this bar at my local Target store.

This was pretty good! The bar was scored into ten squares, each with a heart stamped in the middle of it. The heart was filled with a light-colored chocolate ganache, so while the dark chocolate shell was quite rich (there was no mention on the label, but I would guess it was 60% cacao), the ganache made this bar a little sweeter than I would have liked. Still, it was pretty darned good, and seven or eight co-workers came by my office to the eat the rest of the bar, and I think they would agree.


Caffarel Gianduia 1865

My co-worker Dini M. brought this bar in for a chocolate eating meeting.

This bar was DELICIOUS! It was divided into eight squares, and each one was a dark chocolate hazelnut mixture, not so hard that it snapped when you broke it in two, but not so soft that it bent when being held. Each square was just a super creamy (and yes, it was dark chocolate), super chocolatey, super hazelnuty experience. This chocolate bar was one of the best I have had this year!

Thanks Dini!

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Caramel & Sea Salt

I found this bar at my local Target store.

I have had this brand before, and it can be hit or miss, but this one was a hit! The chocolate was deep and rich (quite rich for 60% cacao), and the caramel was soft and gooey and yes, quite salty. That was my only complaint: they could have used a tad less salt. That whole craze is over and done with, in my opinion.

The inside of the wrapper explained the habitat of the bald eagle and how conservation helped save our national bird.

Seven of co-workers liked the bar too and helped me eat it. So that means we saved eight bald eagles, right?

Signature Select 78% Cacao Dark Chocolate

This was the last Signature Select bar brought in by my co-worker Brian H.

This was really good! It had that rich chocolate flavor that I expect in a premium ice cream or a homemade mousse. You know, a rich deep creamy chocolate flavor, with no distracting singular notes. Just chocolate. My co-workers liked it too, and one of them said it was “alright”.

Thanks Brian.

Rom Cel Dublu

My co-worker Sydney W. brought in this unusual bar from Romania.

This bar was unusual for several reasons. First, it was my first ever bar from Romania (wow, how have I missed that country in decades of chocolate eating?). Second, it was a milk chocolate bar (with a minimum of 19.7% cacao), but I really liked it. Third, it contained alcohol too, about 1.94% by volume, probably as part of its caramel filling. And fourth and finally, it tasted just like bubble gum!

This bar looked like two rectangles of milk chocolate covered caramel. When I cut it into pieces, there was a nice aroma, almost floral, coming from the soft caramel. When I bit into a piece, it tasted like chocolate and caramel for just a moment, and then it burst into a strong bubble gum flavor, which I absolutely loved. I ate a second piece, it was that good! And yes, this is milk chocolate!

Thanks Sydney!

Alcove Red Velvet Milk Chocolate

This was the last Alcove bar from my sister-in-law Brittney L.

Wow, this chocolate was strongly flavored! Their web page says it is cheesecake flavor, but the ingredient list contains marshmallows. In any case, the flavor washed away most of the chocolate taste of the bar, making it taste more like a dessert than a chocolate bar. My co-workers really liked it, and all of them had seconds.

Thanks Brittney!