I found this box of caramels at Trader Joe’s, and the beautiful box art alone was enough to make me buy them (although being dark chocolate, they would have been purchased anyway).
Inside, there were seven caramels, an odd number for sharing.
I ended up cutting them in half, so co-workers could try them, and that was a mistake. The caramel is very soft but the chocolate shell was not, and the caramel squished out as I cut them. They looked like a mess. Still, my co-workers and I forged ahead and ate them, and you know what? They were quite yummy. They were chocolatey and caramely and very salty, but there was almost no vinegar taste. Maybe a slight tang, but I could have imagined it. If I hadn’t seen the box, I wouldn’t have said there was any vinegar in these at all.
All in all, these were good but not great.
My co-worker Matt S. gave me this Vosges bar to try.
This bar reminded me of their pink sea salt bar, only that one was only 70% cacao and this one is 72%. Otherwise, it tasted exactly the same. Black salt or pink salt, it was really delicious. The caramel was super gooey and oozed everywhere when I tried to cut it into squares. Luckily my co-workers don’t mind sticky fingers and they ate it all up.
My co-worker Leon B. gave me another bar from his parent’s trip to Belize.
Like their coffee bar, this bar was very good, but without the coffee flavoring, I could really taste the singular note of this chocolate, made with beans from a single valley in Belize. It was a surprising note, very tangy, almost like there was a bit of vinegar or sour cream in the chocolate. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it, and I liked it! So did my co-workers!
Thanks Leon and Leon parents!
My co-worker Cathy N. found this bar at a local Starbucks.
I have had a Charles Chocolates bar before, but I found the half-popped popcorn hard to chew. But this bar had caramelized crisped rice, which was light and sweet and much easier to chew. And the chocolate was just as amazing as that first bar, very rich and deep. My co-workers loved this bar, and it disappeared quickly!
My co-worker Leon B. gave me this chocolate bar, which he got from his parents, who took a trip to Belize.
I had never heard of a Moho bar before. I checked the back label.
This bar is not just single origin, but it is made with beans from a single valley in Belize! Wow!
I was eager to try this bar, so I jumped it forward in my queue for the office chocolate eating meeting. And it is a good bar too. I am not sure what the cacao percentage is because the coffee flavor was very strong. Very very strong. It nearly drowned out the chocolate flavor, but I still liked it. My co-workers liked it too, except for that one guy who doesn’t like coffee. He knows who he is.
Thanks Leon! And Leon’s parents!
My co-worker Dini M. gave me this HUGE chocolate bar.
I have had two good & delish bars before, an orange & almond one and a plain dark one, also both from Dini, and they were both quite good. But they were both German, not Belgian like this bar, and neither one was as huge as this bar, which weighed almost 11 ounces.
This bar was very good! While only 53% cacao, it had a good rich flavor, and it had lots of whole roasted almonds spread throughout the bar. And it was so big that my co-workers had seconds and sometimes even thirds. It was a quite a hit!
My co-worker Kevin B. gave me this single origin Askinosie bar.
I was really excited to try this, since I have had Askinosie bars before, and they were delicious. And this one was no exception. It was fantastic! It had an interesting earthy taste with a twangy aftertaste, similar to vinegar or citrus but not as strong. I loved it, and so did my co-workers! It disappeared quickly.