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.
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.
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.
My co-worker Brandon A. gave me this box of Belgian pralines.
I opened the box to find these marvelous goodies.
These were all delicious (yes, even the white chocolate one), but my absolute favorite one was in the bottom right corner. This was a dark chocolate ganache mixed with grilled hazelnuts and covered in dark chocolate. Amazing. Sublime. Delicious.
I found these cookies at Trader Joe’s. I went looking for them based on the great review by Brenda at Become Betty.
I think Trader Joe’s sells great chocolate, and their cookies are usually pretty good too. These cookies were great! They were like round Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, but with much more chocolate filling. The filling is darker and more chocolatey too, so I think I like these cookies even more than Milanos. And that is saying a lot, since I grew up addicted to Milano cookies.
Thanks for the tip, Brenda!
p.s. The chocolate in these cookies is from Belgium, but the cookies themselves are baked in the Netherlands, so I marked both countries as the origin for these.
This is the final purchase I made at the Godiva store.
This bar was very good, probably as good as non-single origin chocolate gets. It was super dark and rich, barely sweet, and somehow still creamy and velvety. I broke it into ten squares at work, but only four co-workers could make the chocolate eating meeting, so everyone had seconds. No one was unhappy about that.
I also bought some dark chocolate bark at the Godiva store.
This bark was really good. I think I might have liked it better than their single origin bar, despite the fact that the bark had no special notes and didn’t even list a cacao percentage (I would guess it was around 65%). But it was deep and dark and had chocolate striping on top, so it was extra fudgey. I opened it at work and everyone had seconds and thirds, so I think it was a hit.