Japanese Matcha Chocolate

My producer Shana B. went to Japan over Christmas break, and she brought me back a box of Japanese matcha chocolate that she bought while exploring Mount Fuji.

Inside were fifteen individually wrapped tablets of matcha-infused white chocolate.

An individual tablet looked like a little Mount Fuji.

Each tablet tasted intensely like matcha, a green tea drink that is usually served cold. I love it and loved these tablets (yes, these white chocolate tablets), even though they were much sweeter than I would have expected from a Japanese candy. My co-workers loved them too, and they disappeared very quickly.

Thanks Shana!

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Harry & David’s Gift Box 2017

This gift box from Harry & David’s arrived at work before Christmas, from one of our game localization companies.

This box contained milk chocolate covered cherries, short bread cookies. Moose Munch, and a variety of truffles. I tried a dark chocolate truffle, and it was wonderful. It had a creamy dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with dark chocolate bits…it was made for me to love!

Trader Joe’s Marbellous Chocolate Bar

I got this bar from the new shelf at Trader Joe’s last weekend.

When I saw this bar, I read “Marbellous” and somehow thought of marshmallow, so I thought it was dark chocolate bar swirled with marshmallow creme. Imagine my shock when I discovered the white stuff was…white chocolate!!! I grinned and bore it and brought the bar to a chocolate eating meeting. And even though the dark chocolate was 55% cacao, the distasteful white chocolate shone through. I really didn’t like this bar, and most of my co-workers didn’t either. I would not buy it again.

Seattle Chocolates Birthday Cake Batter

My producer Shana B. gave me this bar (actually two!) from Seattle when she was down to see the latest version of my game.

Yes, this is a milk chocolate bar, and yes it is stuffed with a white chocolate filling and some sprinkles, but damn if it didn’t taste just like a yellow cake with buttercream frosting! Very yummy, and my co-workers liked it too, enough for several to eat seconds.

Thanks Shana!

Vobro Frutti di Mare

I found these chocolates on the “free” counter in the kitchen at work, so despite the white chocolate portions, of course I had to try one.

The name “frutti di mare” means mollusk or seafood in Italian, which is strange given that Vobro is a Polish chocolate maker. These pralines were a milk chocolate and white chocolate combination shell surrounding a milk chocolate hazelnut cream filling. I thought it was quite yummy, if a little sweet. A dark chocolate version would be wonderful!

Thanks, anonymous donor.

Guylian Chocolate Mousse Cake

The night before the Sydney conference began, I went to a speaker event in downtown Sydney on the Circular Quay, and two friends I had met at the conference last year came by and brought me a mousse cake from Guylian.

Let’s take a closer look.

The cake had a sponge base with a chocolate mousse filling, was covered in dark ganache, and finally striped with white chocolate. And yum, it was good! And so rich that I would have had trouble finishing it, but my friends helped.

Thanks Lee and Sanita!

 

Compartés Roses & Rosé

I am angry!

I found the following bar at DeLaurenti in Seattle when I was there a few weeks ago.

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Beautiful cover, huh? I thought it was dark chocolate. Why would think that when it says white chocolate right on the cover? Well, I missed that but I saw the 36% cacao in the lower left corner, and so I turned it over.

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It says dark chocolate on the back! Right there, next to the $10.99 price tag that I wasted on this awful bar. Yes, it was white chocolate. Well, it was pink, I thought from the rosé wine but it was really just cheap beetroot coloring. There was a small scattering crystallized rose petals, but that didn’t change the fact that this was mainly a white chocolate bar! Not dark chocolate. Not even 36% cacao. All lies.

I hated it.

I offered some to my co-workers, and they disliked it too. Seriously, what a rip off. Hey, Compartés, we’re enemies now.