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.

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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!

Neuhaus Chocolate Pralines

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.

Thanks Brandon!

Trader Joe’s Crispy Cookies Filled With Belgian Chocolate

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.