Hotel Chocolat Boo! Caramel

My world-traveling friend Lucy sent me these caramels from Hotel Chocolat just in time for Halloween.

Normally I wouldn’t review caramels, but these were so good and also from the Hotel Chocolat that I decided to make an exception. They were not overly sweet and quite soft, although they did arrive in the mail on a day where the temperature reached 104 degrees Fahrenheit, so that may have contributed to their softness. I am really beginning to like this brand, which is convincing me to like caramel and milk chocolate!

Thanks Lucy!

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McVitie’s Dark Chocolate Digestives

I found these “cookies” at CostPlus World Market in both milk and dark chocolate versions, so of course I bought the dark ones.

I opened this package at work to find 17 wheat biscuits, each one with one side coated lightly in dark chocolate. The biscuits were not very sweet, and I don’t think the chocolate was very dark, since it looked and tasted light. I would guess 50% cacao, maximum. My co-workers seemed to enjoy them, and there were enough that I had some left over to share the next morning during an impromptu animation meeting.

Rococo Assortment

My friend Lucy gave me this assortment of chocolates from Rococo, which she picked up in London before taking a trip to Ireland.

Lucy has given me Rococo bars before, but this was the first boxed chocolate set. Inside were a dozen assorted chocolates.

I shared these with my co-workers, trying the bottom left one myself. According to the guide, it was rose, lychee and raspberry flavored.

I thought it was delicious, with a great floral-fruity combination that went well with the smooth dark chocolate shell. My co-workers loved their chocolates too, and there was just enough for everyone to have one.

Thanks Lucy!

Montezuma’s Absolute Black With Cacoa Nibs

I found this bar at Trader Joe’s. I saw the 100% on the label and I had to have it.

I have had 100% cacao bars before (including several Cacao Parlor ones recently), and I have even had a Montezuma bar before, but I have never had a 100% bar with cocoa nibs in it. In addition to adding texture, these nibs made the bar seem even darker and more astringent, but I really liked it. Yes, the bar pulled all of the water from my mouth, but the chocolate flavor was strong and quite pronounced. And my co-workers liked it too, which surprised me. A year ago a 100% bar had them cringing and saying it was too much, but this bar had them reaching for seconds and thirds. I think I have refined their palettes for chocolate!

Star Wars Chocolate Bars

My friend Lucy H. sent me this package of Star Wars chocolate from Japan (although it was made in Great Britain).

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Inside the package was six individually-wrapped milk chocolate bars.

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Each one contained a small twelve gram milk chocolate bar, made of relatively run-of-the-mill milk chocolate, the kind you expect children to love. They probably were about 10-15% cacao and very sweet.

There was also this sweet activity card.

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I totally reached the Death Star and helped Luke Skywalker avoid the Tie fighters!

Thank you Lucy!

Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Puddles

My co-worker Matt P. (seen in the upper corner of the photo) brought these chocolates from London into work for everyone to try.

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These were thin wafers of caramel, slightly salted and covered in milk chocolate. The caramel was soft but not gooey, and the milk chocolate was pretty good, not too sweet and still with a good chocolate flavor, but wow, these would have been so much better as dark chocolate. I see on their website that they offer lots of different puddles, so I hope to try more of them soon.