About Timothy Cain

I have been enjoying chocolate all of my life, but since 1993 I have been keeping the wrappers of new chocolates I have eaten. I also recorded where I got it and what I thought of it. I plan to update this blog frequently with images of those wrappers and my comments on the quality of the chocolate.

Mikado Brusnica

I found this bar at a grocery store near my hotel in Dubrovnik. Its name sounded Japanese but the label said it was made in Croatia.

This bar was delicious! It was very dark with a pronounced chocolate flavor, and the cranberries were dried, minced and spread evenly throughout the bar. Each cranberry bit provided a nice sharp taste of fruit to each bite of the bar. My co-workers really liked it too. I think it is the best chocolate from Croatia I have tried yet!

Cadbury Dark Milk

While I was in Australia, Cadbury released a new dark milk chocolate bar there. They said it was for Mother’s Day, but I knew it was for me.

This bar was delicious! It was 40% cacao, so it was fairly dark and it had a rich chocolate flavor while being super creamy at the same time. I thought it tasted like the inside of a chocolate truffle. A couple of my co-workers thought it had a raisin-like aftertaste, but they are crazy. One co-worker even thought there was a mild chili pepper aftertaste. He is even crazier!

Ignore them and enjoy this bar, if you can find it.

Lindt Madagascar 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

I got this bar at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney.

This is the first (and only, I think) single origin bar from Lindt. All of the beans are sourced from Madagascar, so I expected an earthy taste. Instead, the bar was sweeter than I expected from a 70% cacao bar, with a slightly fruity, berry-like aftertaste. My co-workers agreed on the aftertaste, so I was not imagining it. Still, it was quite good and very creamy for such a dark bar, and it disappeared quickly. Here’s to hoping that Lindt explores other countries with new single origin bars!

Villars Dark Coffee Bar

I found this dark chocolate Swiss bar in a grocery store in Dubrovnik in Croatia, while I was there at a conference.

This bar was dark chocolate with little coffee flavored crisps throughout it. While it was only 50% cacao, the coffee crisps made it seem much darker, with a nice roasted flavor. Everyone at the chocolate eating meeting loved it, except that one guy who hates coffee. And that other guy who hates coffee. They know who they are.

Baskin Robbins Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream

I found my favorite Baskin Robbins ice cream flavor at my local grocery store!

I loved the description on the back label. “Take everything you love about chocolate and multiply it by chocolate”.

I am not sure if this is the deepest chocolate flavored ice cream I have ever tasted, but it must be pretty close, and it is so darkly colored that it is almost black. I love this ice cream, and it was all I could do to not eat it all in one sitting. I managed to split it over two nights, and I am afraid I am going to run back to the store for more! Yes, it is that good.

Lindt Smooth Blend 70% Mild Dark Chocolate Bar

I got this unusual Lindt bar after I ate breakfast at the Lindt cafe in downtown Sydney.

I have had a 70% cacao Lindt bar before, but not a “smooth blend” one. And while I am not entirely sure how different this one was, I can say that it tasted smooth and creamy and was quite delicious. Of course, that’s what I thought of the regular 70% bar too. So let’s just say I liked them both!

Haigh’s Centenary Edition Bar

I got this bar at the Haigh’s store in the Queen Victoria building in downtown Sydney. That’s the building on the cover of this label!

The back of the label explained that this bar was their Centenary Edition. Haigh’s has been making chocolate in Australia for over 100 years.

I shared this bar at work, for the first chocolate eating meeting since my return from Australia. And despite it being just 52% cacao, the chocolate flavor was quite pronounced, and everyone enjoyed it. I still think their 70% bar is better, but this one was no slouch, and it has a much prettier label!