Kabaya Finger Chocolate

I found this bag of chocolate sticks at my local Japanese grocery store.

I normally don’t buy milk chocolate, but I had to get these because first,  Japanese candy makers usually use dark chocolate since many Japanese people are lactose intolerant. But second and more importantly, I don’t have any Japanese finger chocolate in my collection (and I have only one other finger chocolate at all)!

But in the end, these were still milk chocolate and therefore just OK. Some were wrapped in gold and some in silver, but they both seemed to be the same thing, a long thin cookie coated in milk chocolate. It would have been MUCH better with dark chocolate, and I was surprised there wasn’t a dark version available, but my co-workers seemed to like these. The bag contained fourteen “fingers”, and they were all gone in five minutes.


Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Squares

I found this bag of Ghirardelli squares at Target.

Inside were a dozen individually wrapped chocolate squares.

These were…OK. I liked the chocolate, but the bourbon flavor in the caramel filling was too strong, and the caramel itself was too sweet. I much prefer their dark chocolate sea salt caramel squares more, but my co-workers liked these enough that some of them had two.

CostPlus Dark Chocolate With Fig Pistachio Filling

I found this bar at CostPlus World Market, and it reminded me of their passion fruit bar which I loved so much.

This bar was quite good. The chocolate was unspecified but I think it was 60% cacao or thereabouts, and the filling was nice and soft, without being gooey or overly sweet. I didn’t think it tasted much like fig or pistachio. I just tasted chocolate, but several co-workers claimed they could taste the fig, and one said it had a pistachio aftertaste. To me, it was just a dark chocolate bar with a soft ganache filling.

Favarger Dark Chocolate With Hazelnut Praline

I found this bar at CostPlus World Market right before Christmas, and we enjoyed it at an office chocolate eating meeting a a few weeks later.

This bar was 62% cacao, so it should have been pretty dark. But instead of the praline being at the center of the bar or comprising a layer of it, the praline was mixed into the bar, so the chocolate looked and tasted a lot lighter. I still liked it since I like nuts and chocolate, but my co-workers really liked it, eating the generously sized 3.5 ounce bar very quickly, with some of them having seconds.

Side note: I had a laugh at the back label, which said the hazelnut praline “may contain traces of almonds, pistachios and walnuts”. That means it might not have hazelnuts at all and just be those other nuts!

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.

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.