I Heart Victoria 62% Cacao Belgian Dark Chocolate Bar

My co-worker Dini M. brought in this chocolate bar from Canada (made with imported Belgian chocolate).

I really liked this label. It was interesting and colorful and really gave off a good vibe about the city of Victoria.

But that was the front of the bar. This bar said on the back it was “the finest chocolate experience”©. Yes, they copyrighted that phrase, so I decided to have my co-workers test that phrase. One said “yeah, it’s fine. Like in mediocre”. Another said “Sometimes when my wife is sad I ask her how she is, and she says fine. This bar is like that”. Still another said “maybe this is the finest chocolate they can make? Like, they are still getting better”.

Personally, jokes aside, I thought this bar was okay. It tasted almost exactly like chocolate chips. You know, like sweet dark chocolate with absolutely no special notes or characteristics. It would be good with something, but alone it was kind of bland.

Thanks Dini. It was fine.

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Trader Joe’s Belgian Truffle Ballotin Box

I found these chocolate truffles at Trader Joe’s last weekend, on the new shelf.

Inside I found two layers of truffles (both layers had the same truffles).

All of the truffles looked good (except those white chocolate ones, yuck), but who knew what was inside each one? Luckily, there was a guide!

I tried three: the Carazon Negra, the Cappuccino Milk and the Cocoa Bean Lait. I really liked the Carazon Negra, which had a thick dark chocolate shell and a delicious hazelnut filling. But the other two truffles were too sweet, and my co-workers said the same thing about the ones they tried. However, one co-worked loved the white chocolate ones, since she liked how much sugar they had.

To each their own.

Trader Joe’s Ruby Cacao Wafers

I have wanted to try ruby chocolate since I read about it two years ago. After seeing this chocolate on Become Betty, I knew I had to have it. My Trader Joe’s was a little late in getting it, but I finally picked up a package last weekend.

Inside were lots of little wafers, like flat chocolate chips. They tasted sweeter than I expected and there was a subtle fruity aftertaste, but what I noticed the most was the tangy flavor, almost like yogurt. The ruby chocolate tasted fermented, but not in a sour way. It’s a very fresh taste. I suppose these wafers reminded me mostly of yogurt chips, which I have seen occasionally in grocery bulk isles.

My co-workers tried these too, and many of them thought the ruby chocolate tasted like white chocolate. I can see that, especially because they are both so sweet, but I think ruby chocolate tastes better. And I am excited to see what manufacturers do with it. I think ruby chocolate covered strawberries would be delicious, and a co-worker suggested making dark chocolate cookies with ruby chips, as a kind of reverse chocolate chip cookie. I think that sounds cool, and I look forward to seeing more ruby chocolate at Trader Joe’s and elsewhere.

Hands Off My Chocolate Double Dark 70% Cacao

My co-worker Charlie S. found this bar in a local grocery store.

Wow, this chocolate was great! It was a big  3.5 ounce “bar”, made up of a dozen or so thick chocolate disks. You broke one off and chewed it, and this incredible rich and silky smooth chocolate flavor emerged. The chocolate was creamy like you would expect a 50% cacao bar to be, but it was rich and deeply flavored like an 80% cacao bar. No one who tried it, including me, thought it tasted like a 70% cacao chocolate bar. Such fantastic flavor! I hope I can find more from this brand.

Thanks Charlie!

Johnny Doodle Dark Chocolate Salty Fudge Bar

My co-worker Dini M. brought in this crazy bar.

Inside this wrapper was a very big bar of dark chocolate, studded on one side with light tan chunks of “fudge”. I quote the fudge because I really think it was caramel, but the label calls it fudge. Anyway, the chocolate itself was quite sweet (I would guess it was about 55% cacao), so the salty “fudge” chunks helped offset that sweetness. I thought it was OK, but several co-workers loved this bar, and one helped herself to seconds and thirds. So your mileage may vary.

Like Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies, this bar is made in the Netherlands of chocolate from Belgium. So I just tagged both countries.

Thanks Dini!

Chocolatissimo

I picked up this box of Belgian chocolates from Trader Joe’s.

Inside were eight praline-filled chocolates.

Of course, I wanted the one on the bottom right and not any of those white chocolate monstrosities. Luckily there was a guide on the back.

I tried the dark chocolate walnut praline, and it was quite good. Nothing amazing, but I liked it.The praline was quite astringent and thirst-inducing (like walnuts are), but the chocolate was decent.

My co-workers gave similar marks to the remaining chocolate: good, but not great. So while I don’t regret getting this, I doubt I’d buy this again.

Trader Joe’s Extra Dark Chocolate Wedges

My co-worker Dini M. brought this tin of chocolate to work from Trader Joe’s.

This metal tin contained two layers of eight chocolate wedges, for a total of sixteen. And those wedges were delicious! They were dark, slightly bitter and not too sweet, but very smooth and chocolatey. And there were enough for everyone to have two!

I think this tin would make an excellent emergency stash of chocolate. I plan on retrieving one (or more) this weekend for just that purpose.

Thanks Dini!