Xocolatl De David Raleigh Bars

My friend Tiff C. gave Robert several chocolate bars for his birthday that she picked up in Portland.

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This one was very good. With the nougat, caramel and pecans, it reminded me of a fancy Snickers bar. I liked the liquor in the caramel. It gave it a nice bite.

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This one was good too. I consider it the basic bar, since the other two seem to be variants of this one.

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This one was the best of the three. The addition of bacon to the mix was a masterful idea, and it moved this bar past “fancy Snickers” to “amazing creation”.

Thanks Tiff!

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Cacao de Chuao

My friend Tiff C. gave me this unusual Chuao bar.

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This bar was delicious! Seriously, this was one of the best chocolates that I ate in 2012. It had a rich deep chocolate flavor, with wonderful bright notes so common in single origin bars but extra pronounced in this one. I liked this bar so much I deconstructed the whole package. The above image is the front flap, and this is what was underneath.

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This shows how cacao beans are laid out to dry and ferment in the sun. And the back label contained the complete story of this bar.

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This was really an amazing chocolate. Try it if you can find it!

Sun Cups

Robert and I found these at Sprouts, our local organic grocery store.

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These were strange. The dark chocolate was really good, but the sunflower butter filling was simultaneously lighter yet greasier than a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Plus, it left a strange aftertaste in my mouth, an odd earthy flavor that lasted for about an hour.

Not a fan.

Truffles by Sir Hans Sloane of London

My friend Lucy H. sent me these truffles in July of 2012 from a trip she took to England.

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These were very high-quality truffles, but they had bloomed a bit (probably exposed to heat). The dark ones were my favorite, but the milk chocolate ones were good too. I really liked the packaging. The box was tied with a ribbon closed with a wax seal.

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That’s very fancy!