My friend Lucy H. sent me this bar she picked up during a trip to Yosemite.
Unfortunately this bar melted during shipping, and only a small corner was not completely bloomed. I tried a piece and it was very good. My guess was it was about 55% cacao or so. It was very smooth with a nice flavor.
My co-worker Dini M. gave me this new Hershey bar.
This was a fantastic bar! Inside the package were three smaller bars, each scored to break up into three pieces, so the whole bar was nice pieces. Each piece was a chocolate cookie topped with mint creme and covered in dark chocolate. They were so good! They tasted like a Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie, covered in Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate. I loved it, and so did my co-workers. Eight people showed up to the chocolate eating meeting, so after everyone ate one, I encouraged Dini to eat the last one as her reward for finding such an awesome bar.
My producer Shana B. gave me these vegan coffee chocolates that she bought in a coffee shop in Seattle.
These were very unusual, coming in all sorts of shapes. The coffee flavor was very subtle, so subtle I am not sure if I would have noticed if I wasn’t told they were coffee flavored. Since these were marked vegan, they cannot be milk chocolate, so I assumed they were dark. There was a sweet aftertaste, almost artificial, that reminded me of aspartame, but my co-workers thought they tasted like raisins. I didn’t taste that at all. All in all, these chocolates caused a great deal of discussion.
My friend Lucy also gave me some truffles from Club 33.
Each box held three truffles: a dark chocolate ganache, an orange citrus, and a milk chocolate with hazelnuts. Of course, I liked the dark chocolate one the best, but the hazelnut one was surprisingly chocolatey too, despite being covered in milk chocolate. And that orange one was crazily strong, like it was the distilled essence of orangeness. I think it cured me of scurvy for life!
My co-worker Charlie S. gave me this thick five ounce chocolate bar from a trip he took to Hawaii.
Inside was a thick square of dark chocolate, with the island of Kauai stamped on it.
The chocolate was…OK. It was very sweet and not as chocolatey as I would expect from a 72% cacao bar. It tasted more like 50-55%, but that is still good for dark chocolate. My co-workers liked it, and many of them took a second piece.
My friend Lucy gave me this assortment of chocolates from Rococo, which she picked up in London before taking a trip to Ireland.
Lucy has given me Rococo bars before, but this was the first boxed chocolate set. Inside were a dozen assorted chocolates.
I shared these with my co-workers, trying the bottom left one myself. According to the guide, it was rose, lychee and raspberry flavored.
I thought it was delicious, with a great floral-fruity combination that went well with the smooth dark chocolate shell. My co-workers loved their chocolates too, and there was just enough for everyone to have one.
My friend Lucy generously gave me two of these ginger bars from Ireland, so I used them for one of my Large Bar Fridays chocolate meetings at work.
I thought this label said Large Chocolatier, and so did several of my co-workers. But after closer inspection, I looked it up and it is Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare. Hehe.
This bar was very good. The chocolate was nice and dark, at 70% cacao, and the ginger was sweet and not overly strong. You could taste it, but it didn’t overwhelm the chocolate. I liked this bar, and so did my co-workers, who helped themselves to seconds and thirds.