Wonderful Spanish chocolate

My friends Larry and Maria usually give me chocolate from Russia, but right before Thanksgiving in 2009, they surprised me with this Spanish chocolate.

This chocolate was delicious. At 70% cacao, it was right in my sweet spot, and the chocolate was very smooth and rich flavored. I was surprised the label was so plain, since I have seen some beautiful labels on Spanish chocolate. But this chocolate bar proved that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. This plain label covered some very good chocolate.

Another Russian bar (with a troika!)

Larry and Maria gave me this Russian chocolate bar.

I loved this bar. The chocolate was excellent, and at the perfect cacao percentage of 72%. It tasted delicious, being very chocolatey and not too sweet. And I loved the label, which shows a troika running through the snow. I love these Russian painted labels, and of course, I am partial to troikas.

This was the perfect bar, chocolate and label.

Fling chocolate

My friend Jesse gave me this chocolate bar in 2009.

This was really good chocolate, very dark and sweet, but not overly so. There were two slim bars inside the pack, which the label calls “fingers”, and each one was only 80 calories. I think the idea is that one finger is a reasonable snack at under one hundred calories, so eating a Fling finger is part of a reasonable diet plan.

I ate them both. In under two minutes. And I’d do it again.

Chocolate and miscellaneous presidents

I found a package of chocolate tablets wrapped in U.S. President labels in a candy store in Laguna Beach in 2007.

As I expected, the milk chocolate was terrible. It was bad in every way that milk chocolate can be bad. It was chalky, flavorless, waxy, salty…just awful. And I am puzzled by the selection of presidents. A few really older ones, than some later ones, than a few more modern ones. Why these? Are they the most popular? Did they like chocolate? What about Woodrow Wilson or Dwight Eisenhower? Well, I guess I should just be thankful that I didn’t get Warren G. Harding.

And this is the last of the misplaced chocolate labels! With tomorrow’s post, we will return to 2009 and continue my timeline of chocolate with no further discontinuities.

Mystery chocolate

This label was at the bottom of the bag of misplaced labels. It was dated 2007, but it had no other information.

I am willing to bet good money that this is from my friends Steve and Mariam, because they are the only people who have brought me chocolate from Leonidas. And since it’s dark chocolate from that chocolatier, I bet it was really good too!

Stupid misplaced bag.