Josophan’s Fairtrade Dark Belgian Chocolate

While in Sydney, I bought some more chocolate at my favorite chocolatier, Josophan’s.

This bar was small but good. The chocolate did not taste as dark as I expected, so it was probably around 50%, give or take. It had a somewhat floral note to its chocolate flavor, but it was not a single-origin bar.

All in all, this was a good bar, but not nearly as good as their dark chocolate hazelnuts or their single-origin São Thomé bar. Those were fantastic, and I think they have spoiled me a little. And yes, I bought those both again, and they were just as good the second time.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Crisps

I found these at Trader Joe’s last week.

These crisps were exactly like the ones I found at CostPlus World Market a few years ago, being Pringles-like wafers of dark chocolate with crisped rice bits in them. This time I remembered to take a photo of how they are packaged.

Very cool looking chocolate, and very tasty too. I liked them and so did my co-workers, and despite there being thirty or so of these wafers, they were gone in minutes!

good & delish Dark & Nutty

My co-worker Dini M. gave me this HUGE chocolate bar.

I have had two good & delish bars before, an orange & almond one and a plain dark one, also both from Dini, and they were both quite good. But they were both German, not Belgian like this bar, and neither one was as huge as this bar, which weighed almost 11 ounces.

This bar was very good! While only 53% cacao, it had a good rich flavor, and it had lots of whole roasted almonds spread throughout the bar. And it was so big that my co-workers had seconds and sometimes even thirds. It was a quite a hit!

Thanks Dini!

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Commendation Bar

I found this enormous bar at Trader Joe’s before Christmas, and I knew I wanted to take it to work for a chocolate eating meeting.

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I don’t know why this is called a Commendation bar, since the back of that label only explained the history of chocolate and how this bar was made.

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But did you see the size of this bar? Almost four and a half pounds! And it was 32 servings, each one 330 calories and over 2 ounces! Here is a picture of the bar along with several of the chocolate eating meeting people.

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I included several game developers for scale, but then I realized that people might not know the average size of a game developer, so I included a banana for scale to them.

And you know what? This chocolate was pretty good! Much better and richer than I thought it would be and not as sweet as 61% cacao led me to expect. We all hacked off chunks and gnawed at them, but there was still so much left over that we will probably gnaw at it again at another meeting. I might take some home to bake with, and I will probably still have left overs!

Neuhaus Intense Dark West Africa 52%

My friend Tiffany gave me this bar, which her sister-in-law Cindy picked up in Belgium.

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Yum! This bar was very nice and rich. Being 52% cacao, it was quite sweet, but the chocolate flavor was still quite pronounced. There were no single origin notes, but I suspect this bar was a mix of chocolates from various sources and not from a particular country. Still, it was quite good.

Thanks Tiffany and Cindy!

HT Traders Extra Dark Nibs

This was the next HT Traders bar I tried.

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This bar was very good. The chocolate was smooth and very rich, and the crushed nibs made it taste much darker than 70% cacao. And unlike the 80% cacao HT Traders bar, this one made it to the office for an eating meeting, and my co-workers loved it, too. I wish we had a Harris Teeter grocery store nearby, because these bars would enter my regular rotation.