Malie Kai Dark Milk Chocolate

I tried the last of the Malie Kai chocolates that my co-worker Dini M. brought back from her trip to Hawaii.

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This bar was OK. I am always on the fence about dark milk chocolate, which is milk chocolate that has more than the usual 10 to 15% cacao. I would guess this bar at about 30-35% cacao, so it was darker than a normal milk chocolate bar, but still far less chocolatey than a typical dark chocolate bar. My co-workers liked it though, and the pieces were gone in minutes.

Thanks Dini!

Soylent Cacao

My co-worker Nate M. let me try the latest flavor in the soylent drink line…chocolate!

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I am a fan of soylent, and in fact, I drink one every weekday morning in place of breakfast. The nutrition profile is pretty good, and I like the taste, which reminds me of Cheerios. So I was looking forward to this version.

I liked it. Not love, but not hate. It’s good. It tasted like Cocoa Pebbles, to make another cereal reference. It has that artificial chocolate flavor that is prominent in breakfast cereals, and while that isn’t awful, I don’t think I would want to drink this every morning. Still, it’s a nice change of pace from their normal flavor.

Thanks Nate!

Theo 45% Milk Chocolate

I tried another new Theo bar that my director Allen M. gave me.

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OK, so 45% cacao is really high for a milk chocolate bar. It’s four to five times the cacao than in a Hershey milk chocolate bar, and I think I have had dark chocolate bars with less cacao. So I expected a lot from this bar. And….

It was OK. It wasn’t a bad milk chocolate bar, and my co-workers really liked it. But I found it had a bit of an aftertaste of spoiled milk, as if the milk they used to make it was a bit off. No one else tasted it, so maybe I imagined it. But I tried two pieces, and I could taste it in both. Still, the chocolate disappeared rapidly, and my co-workers declared it a very good milk chocolate bar.

Thanks Allen!

Chocolate Milk Magic

A co-worker mentioned these straws that make regular milk into chocolate milk, and I thought he was a crazy person. But lo and behold, I found them at my local Target!

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They are regular straws that are filled with lots of little chocolate balls, and each end of the straw is pinched to restrict the flow of liquid to a trickle (I found out why, too).

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So I poured a glass of milk to try these out.

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First off, it is really hard to suck on these straws. Barely any milk can get through, and when you first start, the milk is not chocolatey at all. I thought I had been ripped off.

But I continued to try, and I found that if I let the milk sit in the straw for a minute or so, my next drink was quite chocolatey. But you can’t drink too much, or it becomes unflavored again. Apparently the little chocolate balls take some time to dissolve. That’s OK. It just means you have to sip to enjoy these things.

I think I will try them with coffee. That would be tasty, and maybe they will dissolve faster!

Trader Jacques’ Chocolate Marbles

I saw on Become Betty’s site that Trader Joe’s had a new truffle pack. I had to get it.

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This was a sixteen pack of different flavored truffles.

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The flavors were listed on the back (and they are different than the flavors of their Extraordinary Eggs).

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I took a close up of the marbles, to show how cool they looked.

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I tried the chocolate mousse and coconut flavors, and while they were good, they were WAY too sweet. I think these would have been better as dark chocolate truffles, but for four bucks, what did I expect? My co-workers liked them, though. The other fourteen truffles disappeared quickly.

Thanks Betty!

Wild Ophelia Caramelized Crispy Rice 41% Cacao Milk Chocolate Bar

My co-worker Brian H. gave me this bar.

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I had not had a Wild Ophelia bar in three years, since I caught them reducing the cacao in some of their bars. This bar was a milk chocolate bar, and 41% cacao is a pretty good percentage for a milk chocolate bar. I liked it, with its nice crispy rice texture, but a dark chocolate version would have had more chocolate flavor. Still, I only tasted half of one square, and my co-workers gobbled up the rest. I think they liked it!

Thanks Brian!

Lindt Cognac

My co-worker Dini M. also gave me this fancy Lindt bar.

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The bar consisted of a dozen rectangles of chocolate (like on the cover), each one supposedly filled with a sweetened liquid cognac filling. This particular bar had dried out, so each rectangle was filled with a cognac-flavored sugar crust. But they were still pretty good, and even Lindt milk chocolate is good chocolate. Everyone had fun eating this fancy bar, and we wished we had had monocles and top hats for the true fancy experience.

Thanks Dini!