Éclat Green Tea And Roasted Rice Chocolate

My producer Shana B. gave me this bar to try.

This was an unusual bar, and not just because it consisted of alternating stripes of white and dark chocolate. The chocolate was also flavored with green tea and generously sprinkled with roasted brown rice, making it crunchy and very Japanese in its palette, despite being made in Pennsylvania. I liked it, but I don’t think I’d try it again. It was different, which is fun, and I liked the nutty flavor from the roasted rice, but the white chocolate made the bar too sweet. My co-workers seemed mixed on the bar, much like the bar itself. Still, it was quite an experience.

Thanks Shana!

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Guylian Vanilla Seahorses

My co-worker Aarik D. gave me this box of Belgian chocolate seahorses.

Inside were sixteen seahorse, half covered in dark milk chocolate (31% cacao) and the other half covered in white chocolate (blech).

Needless to say, I didn’t try the white chocolate ones, but the milk chocolate ones were pretty good…for milk chocolate. They had a good chocolate flavor and were not overly sweet. My co-workers ate the rest, although it took some coercing to give away the last two white seahorses.

I have had mixed luck with Guylian. I had a dark chocolate bar that was bland, and some milk chocolate ones that were good, so I am never sure what to think of the brand. But their quality is excellent, so I respect their chocolatiers.

Thanks Aarik!

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!

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.