Recchiuti single-origin truffles

My friend Tiff C. sent me these single-origin truffles from Recchiuti for my birthday (not to be confused with the other Recchiuti truffles she sent me too).

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Inside the box were four truffles, one each from Madagascar, Venezuela, Columbia and Ecuador.

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I think my favorite was the one from Ecuador, which had such a deep chocolate flavor, but the Colombian one was a close second. The others were good too, but the Madagascar one tasted like fruit and the Venezuelan one was the least chocolatey of the bunch, Oh, who am I kidding? These are Recchiuti so they were all great!

Thanks Tiff!

Astor Banana Almond Dark Chocolate 59%

I tried the other Astor bar that my friend Sissie C. got me during her trip to Colombia.

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This bar was very good. The chocolate wasn’t as dark and rich as the previous bar, but I liked the sun-dried banana, which added a nice banana flavor while staying fairly soft. The crunchy almonds added a nice texture to the bar, too. My co-workers liked it too, and it disappeared quickly.

Thanks Sissie!

Astor Dark Chocolate 70%

My friend Sissie C. brought me back this bar from a trip she took to Colombia.

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Yum, this bar was delicious! It was very dark yet very creamy, despite having no milk in it. And its taste was almost fudge-like, with a very chocolatey flavor. I had three pieces, and I wanted more! My co-workers loved this bar too, and one declared it his favorite, while a couple of others said it was the best bar we had had in weeks, perhaps months. I’d say this was a hit.

Thanks Sissie!

Museo Del Chocolate Fossil Dark Chocolate With Pistachios

My friend Sissie C. brought me this very unusual chocolate from Colombia, from a place called Museo Del Chocolate, the chocolate museum.

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Look at this BEAUTIFUL chocolate! A nautilus fossil, highlighted with gold dust, with the museum logo, also in gold dust, surrounded with pistachios, all on top of dark chocolate. And in addition to being beautiful, it was delicious, with a fruity aftertaste reminiscent of sweet tarts or a fruity marshmallow. I loved it, and so did Robert, with whom I shared half of this bar.

Thanks Sissie!

Pralus Pyramide des Tropiques

In August of 2011 on my birthday, I was in Seattle in Chocolopolis, a small chocolate shop in Queen Anne Hill, where I found this package of ten small chocolate bars, a tasting pack of chocolate.

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These were delicious, all of them. I must admit that my memory of the day is a bit hazy, as birthday libations followed my visit to this store, and I misplaced these and a few other labels after the trip, which is why they are appearing out of date order in my blog. But I remember tasting each bar and finding them all to be exquisite. All of them are single origin, and all were 75% cacao. I will need to try more bars from Pralus.

BTW, the Chocolopolis store was really amazing too. They have a wide range of unusual and rare chocolates, at least here in the States. They are worth a visit if you are in Seattle.

And speaking of libations, I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year’s Eve tonight! I’ll see you back here in 2014, with a whole bunch of new chocolates.