Trader Joe’s Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

I saw this cake reviewed on BecomeBetty and I knew I would have to try it. What better time than after a trip to New York City?

I really didn’t know what a babka was before this, but it is a dense layered yeast-based cake, and it is absolutely filled and topped with chocolate. I loved this cake! As dense and rich as it was, I have no doubt I would have eaten the whole thing myself. Fortunately I was shopping with a friend, and we agreed that she would take half of the cake home with her. True to form, I ate my entire half after she left. All one thousand calories of it. That’s a lot of dog walking I need to do this weekend!

Jacques Torres Jacques’ Big Daddy Bar

I saw this bar in New York City and I had to buy it!

Here it is without the bow, so you can the whole label.

This bar was a whole kilogram, over two pounds of solid dark chocolate! I shared it with my entire team of 60 people when I got back to California, after a meeting where I shared some very good news about the trip to NYC. Everyone enjoyed it, although I thought that as a dark chocolate, it was just OK. No special notes, and not especially dark (I would guess it was 55 or 60% cacao). Still, what a HUGE bar!

Jacques Torres Dark Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers

I picked these up at a Jacques Torres shop in the Lower East Side in New York City.

Surprisingly, this is my first Jacques Torres chocolate, and it was pretty good. Nice deep rich chocolate on very crispy graham crackers. I would love to know how he keeps the crackers from getting soft under all that chocolate. Anyway, I bought more chocolate, in bar form, from the same shop, so expect to see them on here soon.

barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed With Sea Salt

I found these at my local Target store.

I had had their peanut THINS recently, and I didn’t think these would be much better, but they were great! They had a nice crunch, very crispy without being as hard as the almond ones. And the pumpkin seeds are roasted with a very nice flavor that went well with the chocolate. Of all of the recent barkTHINS, this is the one I’d buy again.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Lemon Poppy Seed

My co-worker Matt S. gave me another Endangered Species bar that I had not tried before.

Like their blackberry sage bar, this one really surprised me. It was very good, with a nice balance between the dark chocolate and lemon poppy seeds, which also had a nice crunch. Sure, you ended up with poppy seeds between your teeth, but that was a small price to pay for good chocolate. My co-workers seemed fond of this bar too.

As usual, there was a nice inner label filled with information about leopards.

Thanks Matt.