Vanini 86% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

My co-worker Charlie S. brought this bar in for a chocolate eating meeting.

This bar was my first Vanini bar without any additional flavorings. It was very dark and rich tasting, if a bit dry. And there wasn’t a hint of bitterness or astringency in it. It was just pure dark chocolate.

Thanks Charlie!


Taza Cacao Crunch

My co-worker Cathy N. bought this bar at a “hipster coffee shop” when she visited her brother on the East Coast.

I have had Taza bars before, and they are always very crunchy, and this one was no exception. In fact, it was so crunchy that one bit was too hard to eat, and I had to throw it away. But I liked this bar because the flavor was so deep and chocolatey, and my co-workers liked it too.

Thanks Cathy!

Dick Taylor Brown Butter Nibs and Sea Salt

I got this bar as a gift from my co-worker Ankur O.

This bar was unusual. It was a Dick Taylor bar, and I have had that brand before, but most of them were single origin, and this one was not. Also, despite being a brown butter bar, it did not taste like butter, but instead it had a zingy, almost vinegar like taste. And it was an odd consistency too, like it had been whipped or aerated. Despite all of this, it was pretty good, and I had seconds and also shared it with my co-workers. They liked it too, but they commented on the taste and consistency. I almost want to try this bar again, to see if this flavor and texture was unique to this one bar.

Also, this bar marks the 1,800th unique chocolate that I have eaten! It’s been a long road since starting in 1993, and I hope to hit 2,000 before 2020. I am pretty sure I can do it, as long as I don’t run out of new and exciting chocolate brands!

Thanks Ankur!

Trader Joe’s Premium Peanut Butter Roundels

After seeing these reviewed on Become Betty, I ran out the next day to pick up a box.

Yum, these are really good. Each box contains four dark roundels and four milk ones, so of course I ate a dark roundel, while my husband ate a milk one.  We both agreed with Betty, that these are like really fancy Reese’s peanut butter cups, even though they look like thick York Peppermint Patties. I liked them a lot, but I think I will stick with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups….which I just realized I don’t have reviewed on my blog. I will correct that oversight next weekend!

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.

Hotel Chocolat Dark Saint Lucia 85%

I tried another bar from the Hotel Chocolat box that my co-worker Michael K. got in London.

This bar was amazing. Not only did it have very dark rich chocolate notes like the 100% bar from the same island, but it also had a very alcoholic flavor, just like whisky which the labeled stated! How it is possible for an 85% bar to have notes that a 100% bar from the same place does not, I do not understand. But this bar proves that can happen!

Thanks Michael!

Le Chocolatier 70% Dark Chocolate

I was given this bar by co-worker Matt S., who got it on a trip to South Africa for his honeymoon.

This bar was very small, less than an ounce, but it was extremely good! It tasted very buttery, even though there was no butter in it, and just a bit earthy, even though I do not think it was single origin. I shared it with my office mate, and he agreed that it tasted like several of the butter chocolate bars we had had recently. Not only was it delicious, this bar is the first chocolate bar from South Africa I have ever had. Win win!

Thanks Matt!