Leonidas Dark Nibs

My co-worker Matt P. brought this bar to a chocolate eating meeting at work.

I have had a similar Leonidas bar without the nibs, and let me say…I like the nibs! They add a crunch and roasted flavor that complements the deep rich chocolate of this 70% cacao bar, which had its own roasted flavor already. It was very good and very popular with my co-workers.

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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

I found these at Trader Joe’s last week.

These crisps were exactly like the ones I found at CostPlus World Market a few years ago, being Pringles-like wafers of dark chocolate with crisped rice bits in them. This time I remembered to take a photo of how they are packaged.

Very cool looking chocolate, and very tasty too. I liked them and so did my co-workers, and despite there being thirty or so of these wafers, they were gone in minutes!

Trader Joe’s Coffee Toffee Shortbread Cookies

I got these cookies at Trader Joe’s during their coffee craze period in April, when it seemed like dozens of coffee-flavored and coffee-related products were appearing on their “What’s New At Trader Joe’s” shelf.

These were pretty good. They were smallish shortbread cookies, baked with some coffee for flavor and little bits of toffee for crunch. Each cookie had chocolate stripes on the top and a complete chocolate bottom, so there was a good chocolate flavor too. I liked them and so did my co-workers, except that one guy (again) who hates coffee.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Caramels

I found this box of caramels at Trader Joe’s, and the beautiful box art alone was enough to make me buy them (although being dark chocolate, they would have been purchased anyway).

Inside, there were seven caramels, an odd number for sharing.

I ended up cutting them in half, so co-workers could try them, and that was a mistake. The caramel is very soft but the chocolate shell was not, and the caramel squished out as I cut them. They looked like a mess. Still, my co-workers and I forged ahead and ate them, and you know what? They were quite yummy. They were chocolatey and caramely and very salty, but there was almost no vinegar taste. Maybe a slight tang, but I could have imagined it. If I hadn’t seen the box, I wouldn’t have said there was any vinegar in these at all.

All in all, these were good but not great.

Vosges Black Salt Bar

My co-worker Matt S. gave me this Vosges bar to try.

This bar reminded me of their pink sea salt bar, only that one was only 70% cacao and this one is 72%. Otherwise, it tasted exactly the same. Black salt or pink salt, it was really delicious. The caramel was super gooey and oozed everywhere when I tried to cut it into squares. Luckily my co-workers don’t mind sticky fingers and they ate it all up.

Thanks Matt!

Moho Dark Chocolate With Cocoa Nibs

My co-worker Leon B. gave me another bar from his parent’s trip to Belize.

Like their coffee bar, this bar was very good, but without the coffee flavoring, I could really taste the singular note of this chocolate, made with beans from a single valley in Belize. It was a surprising note, very tangy, almost like there was a bit of vinegar or sour cream in the chocolate. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it, and I liked it! So did my co-workers!

Thanks Leon and Leon parents!

Charles Chocolates Caramelized Crisped Rice Bar

My co-worker Cathy N. found this bar at a local Starbucks.

I have had a Charles Chocolates bar before, but I found the half-popped popcorn hard to chew. But this bar had caramelized crisped rice, which was light and sweet and much easier to chew. And the chocolate was just as amazing as that first bar, very rich and deep. My co-workers loved this bar, and it disappeared quickly!

Thanks Cathy!