Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix

I have always wanted to try Ghirardelli’s brownie mix after eating their fabulous brownie bar, which they claim was inspired by the mix. I finally bought a box.

This mix is considered “double chocolate” because of the use of cocoa and chocolate chips. Since I usually add chocolate chips to my brownies anyway, I just call that a normal brownie. The chips are already mixed in with the rest of the ingredients, so you just have to add water, oil and and an egg, stir, and they are ready to bake!

I made them in a toaster over, because it has been pretty warm in SoCal lately, and I didn’t want my regular oven heating up the house. They turned out pretty good!

Even though I made these for a dinner party, I had to try one to make sure they were ok, right?

They were…not bad. By that I mean, I can make a way better brownie from scratch and I have had better mixes too, but these were good. Not nearly as chocolatey as I would have expected, especially with the chocolate chips, but not bad. I will serve them after dinner with no shame.


Ghirardelli Moonlight Mystique

I found this really dark Ghirardelli bar at Target over the weekend.

Until now, I think the darkest Ghirardelli bar I had ever had was an 86% cacao bar. This bar beats that by another 6%, but it didn’t taste darker. In fact, it tasted fruity, but not in a single origin singular note kind of way. I checked the label, and not only is this bar NOT a singular origin bar, it has “natural flavor” listed in its ingredients. I think Ghirardelli is adding a fruit flavor to this bar to make it seem like its single origin. If so, this is really deceptive! But I don’t really know for sure.

As my co-worker Dini said, this bar is “suspiciously delicious”.

Dagoba Picante Chocolate

I found this bar on sale at Target for about two bucks.

I have mentioned my love-hate relationship with Dagoba before, and I am not always a fan of chocolate and heat because the spiciness tends to mask the chocolate flavor. But this bar wasn’t bad, probably because it was quite dark (74% cacao), it was not TOO hot, and the addition of cacao nibs made it extra tasty…and crunchy as well! My co-workers didn’t seem to like it as much, but it still disappeared quickly. So I will give it a thumbs-up.

As for the One for All Cacao Project, there wasn’t much information on the label, but you can follow the link to learn more about it. Reading about Dagoba doing good work made me happy I liked this bar and more likely to buy more of their chocolate in the future.

Godiva Masterpieces Dark Chocolate Ganache Heart

I found this bar at my local Target store.

This was pretty good! The bar was scored into ten squares, each with a heart stamped in the middle of it. The heart was filled with a light-colored chocolate ganache, so while the dark chocolate shell was quite rich (there was no mention on the label, but I would guess it was 60% cacao), the ganache made this bar a little sweeter than I would have liked. Still, it was pretty darned good, and seven or eight co-workers came by my office to the eat the rest of the bar, and I think they would agree.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Caramel & Sea Salt

I found this bar at my local Target store.

I have had this brand before, and it can be hit or miss, but this one was a hit! The chocolate was deep and rich (quite rich for 60% cacao), and the caramel was soft and gooey and yes, quite salty. That was my only complaint: they could have used a tad less salt. That whole craze is over and done with, in my opinion.

The inside of the wrapper explained the habitat of the bald eagle and how conservation helped save our national bird.

Seven of co-workers liked the bar too and helped me eat it. So that means we saved eight bald eagles, right?

Magnum Infinity Chocolate

Occasionally, I will review ice cream on this blog. I tend to reserve it for special occasions, like my favorite Baskin Robbins flavor being available in the supermarket, or my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor being offered in easy-to-grab-and-eat chocolate-covered slices.

This weekend I was shopping at the grocery store and beheld this majestic package.

These “Infinity Chocolate” bars are dark chocolate ice cream with a chocolate fudge swirl throughout it, all dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in cacao nibs.

Oh. My. God.

I bought these and sped home with them. I would have eaten one right away, but it was 8 o’clock in the morning, and even I have my limits. So I ate lunch early, around 11 a.m., and then I had one for dessert.

Oh. My. God.

These are delicious! The chocolate shell and nibs are super chocolatey, so the ice cream inside tastes less chocolatey in comparison. So I tried a bite with just the ice cream, and it is good all on its own. I found myself eyeing the other two bars in the package. I don’t know how long they will last. I know they will not see the sun rise on Monday.

Needless to say, I highly recommend these ice cream bars.

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.