Nói Síríus Traditional Icelandic Chocolate 56%

We had another visit from our publisher, and their creative director Allen M. gave me this chocolate from Iceland.

It turns out that I have had this bar before, from my friend Kurt, in a different package. Still, I wanted to see how this double bar package tasted, and it was very good. A little sweeter than I remembered, but still nice and chocolatey. I shared it with everyone at the meeting, and since there was still a whole bar left, I shared it with my chocolate eating meeting regulars too. Everyone really liked it.

Thanks Allen!

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Poco Dolce 81% Bittersweet Chocolate Bar With Sea Salt

I got this bar from my co-worker Kylan C., who picked it up on a trip to San Francisco.

Inside the label, the bar itself was inside a pouch. The bar was small, at only 50 grams.

I had to tear open this pouch to get at the bar, and I really liked this chocolate. It had a deep rich cocoa flavor, and while there was a little salt in it to punch up the flavor, it wasn’t crazy salty. Many of my co-workers were at the E3 2017 conference when we tried this at the office, but the co-workers who were there really liked it and enjoyed seconds.

Thanks Kylan!

Zotter Chocolate Mint

I bought this Zotter bar in Seattle when I got the Mousse one.

Like the mousse bar, this bar had an inner wrapper that explained what it was.

I had high hopes for this bar, because the mousse bar was just so amazing. I wasn’t sure what to make of the addition of sugarcane brandy, but I was aboard with dark chocolate and mint.

And the bar was…OK. I liked it, but I expected it to be more Girl Scout Thin Mint, and what I got was more Wrigley Spearmint Gum. I liked it, but it was not amazing like the mousse bar. And my co-workers agreed. They liked it but didn’t love it.

Oh well, I still want to try the other Zotter bars!

Zotter BitterClassic Mousse

I found this bar at a high end grocery in Pike Market in Seattle.

The inside of the label explained its story.

So this was an 80% cacao dark chocolate shell around a bar-shaped block of mousse, itself made of dark chocolate and butter. And wow, it was SO GOOD!!!!! It cut like butter into blocks, and I shared it with my co-workers, and we all agreed it was fantastic. The mousse melted like…well…butter, and the dark shell was nicely bitter and astringent. I loved it and ate three pieces. Plus, I have a secret…

I bought their Chocolate Mint bar too. I am going to eat that tomorrow!

Whittaker’s Dark Almond

I bought this bar in a grocery story in downtown Sydney last month.

I had two great Whittaker’s bars last year, a dark chocolate bar and a dark chocolate peanut bar. Both were really good and very inexpensive, and this bar was no exception. It was almost half a pound of dark 62% cacao chocolate, and it was absolutely jam-packed with roasted almonds. I shared it at work, and people loved it, taking thirds and fourths because there was so much.

I swear, for a cheap brand that you can get at grocery stores, I think Whittaker’s is pretty fantastic.

Compartés California Dreaming

I found this bar at a high end grocery in Pike Market in Seattle and fell in love with the cover immediately.

I realized that this brand Compartés was my arch-enemy, after the whole dreaded dark-white chocolate bait & switch from six months ago, but that cover made me buy it. Besides, how bad could a dark chocolate and brownie bar be? And guess what? It was pretty good. Not great. But a decent dark chocolate with little chunks of brownie. It reminded me of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, which I have also been eating lately. Still, I’d rather eat the ice cream, and I’d certainly rather give B&J my money.

I never forget, Compartés. And about white chocolate, I never forgive.

These Are The Chocolates You Are Looking For

My co-worker Dini M. found more Star Wars chocolate at Disneyland this week.

These were really yummy, for milk chocolate. They had soft centers and rice krispies inside, and I really liked them. Plus, each one was stamped with the likeness of BB-8.

I have also had Disney’s two dark chocolate Star Wars candies, the Sea Salt and the Caramel, also both gifts from Dini. These chocolates were amazing, and I think Disney is really upping their chocolate game lately.

Thanks Dini!