Nathan Miller 72% Peru Dark Chocolate

I decided to try my last Nathan Miller bar that I bought in Seattle. This one had no additional flavoring.

This bar was great! It was very flavorful, with a deep chocolate taste followed by a fruity aftertaste, almost like raisins or figs. I really liked it, and so did my co-workers. Of all of the Nathan Miller bars, I think this one was the best of the bunch. Coffee and mint were good, but this one was much better.

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Nathan Miller Boxcar Coffee Bar

After yesterday’s wonderful mint bar, I wanted to try a coffee bar from the same brand.

This bar was very good. It had a smooth chocolate and coffee flavor mix, but it was a tad too sweet for me, even with 70% cacao, but my co-workers liked it. The cacao beans were from Oko Caribe, a cacao farming cooperative in the Dominican Republic, so this was a single origin bar, but I couldn’t taste any specific notes underneath the strong chocolate and coffee flavors.

Tomorrow I think I will try the pure chocolate bar, with no additional flavoring.

Nathan Miller Dark Mint Bar

I found this bar at a grocery story in Seattle. BTW, they have great chocolate all over that city, in grocery stores, coffee shops and specialty food stores. It pays to look around a little.

This bar was very good. It was nicely dark at 70% cacao and nicely minty. Not overpowering so you couldn’t taste the chocolate, but still quite minty. And it was crunchy too, with cacao nibs all throughout it, which helped make the bat taste even darker and richer. My co-workers liked it, and most of them had seconds.

The back label said this chocolate was from the island of Hispaniola, which contains only two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. I don’t know which country this bar was from, so I just marked both of them. Maybe it has beans from both.

Antidote Cacao Nibs

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

I had never heard of this brand, and I wondered why they called it “Antidote”. The answer was on the inner label.

I was stressed, on a diet and I needed love, so I figured I should eat four.  🙂

I shared this bar with the chocolate eating meeting group, and we all agreed it was fantastic. It was VERY creamy and smooth, which is surprising for an 84% cacao bar, and of course it was very chocolatey, and the nibs provided a nice crunch. I need to try more of this brand!

Arnott’s Mint Slice

I found these cookies at CostPlus World Market. They are made by the same company that makes Tim Tam’s, so I had high hopes!

These cookies are delicious! There was a crunchy chocolate wafer, topped with mint creme, and the whole thing was covered in dark chocolate. They were like a York Peppermint Patty mixed with a Girl Scout Thin Mint, and I loved them. So did my co-workers! There were a dozen cookies in the package, and my co-workers fought over the extra ones, which eventually had to be sliced up and shared.

I’m getting more of these!

Noblesse Noir

I found this bag of cookies at CostPlus World Market.

Inside the bag were four different types of “biscuits and wafers”, each one coated with a thin layer of dark chocolate. The label said it was 50% cacao, but the layer was so thin I really couldn’t tell. It was almost painted on. I shared the bag with my co-workers, and they generally seemed to like them, but there was no love lost here. I think I will skip these in the future.

CostPlus Dark Chocolate With Passion Fruit Filling

I found this bar at CostPlus World Market, and due to my undying love of passion fruit, I had to buy it.

Over ten years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Hawaii, and during my stay, I learned how delicious fresh passion fruit could be. At my hotel I could literally pluck passion fruit off of a tree in a nearby patch of jungle, and I thought it was the sweetest, most delicious fruit I had ever tasted. When I got back home to California, I tried passion fruit from my local grocery, only to discover that it was not nearly as tasty, plus it caused my hands to break out in a rash. Apparently, I am allergic to the peel of some kinds of passion fruit.

So when I saw this bar, I wanted it. I was hoping it would taste very close to my original passion fruit from Hawaii. I took it to work to share with my co-workers, since the bar is divided into nine squares of chocolate, each with passion fruit filling. Personally, I loved it. The dark chocolate was OK (not good or bad, just there), but the filling was strongly flavored of passion fruit and just as sweet as I remembered. To be fair, my co-workers thought the bar was too sweet, but I think they were a little overpowered by the flavor. I don’t like overly sweet things, but this bar…I like it.

I think I will get this bar again…just for myself.