My co-worker Dini M. brought in this French chocolate bar that she found in a cafe in Costa Mesa.
We were all very excited, thinking the 100% on the front cover meant it was a pure 100% cacao bar. But sadly, it was not.
See the bottom left of the back label? It is a 52% cacao bar. Kinda sweet for my tastes, but still a very good bar. And my co-workers liked it too, devouring the entire 205 gram (almost half a pound) bar in 15 minutes. And in addition to the chocolate mousse recipe on the back, the entire inside label was recipes!
I guess this “dessert” bar is for making desserts, not eating as a dessert!
I found this bat at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney.
I shared this bar at work, and like my co-workers, I liked it. It wasn’t amazing, but for a cheap, 47% cacao bar, it was quite tasty, and the nibs added some nice crunch and a roasted flavor.
And like their hazelnut bar, this Lindt bar was also made in France for sale in Australia. These bars really travel!
I bought this “new” Lindt bar at the Lindt Cafe in Sydney.
I say “new” in quotes because I had this bar years ago as a Lindt Classic bar, and again in milk chocolate form too. Both were very good, and I wanted to see how this one compared. It was quite good, with a nice dark flavor (much richer than 47% cacao would lead me to believe) and the hazelnuts were chopped and distributed throughout the bar, so each bite had some crunch and flavor from the nuts. I would have preferred a darker chocolate, but still, this was very good.
Oddly, this Swiss bar was made in France and sold in Australia, where I bought it and came back to the United States to share it with my co-workers. This bar had a lot of miles on it!
I saw on Become Betty’s site that Trader Joe’s had a new truffle pack. I had to get it.
This was a sixteen pack of different flavored truffles.
The flavors were listed on the back (and they are different than the flavors of their Extraordinary Eggs).
I took a close up of the marbles, to show how cool they looked.
I tried the chocolate mousse and coconut flavors, and while they were good, they were WAY too sweet. I think these would have been better as dark chocolate truffles, but for four bucks, what did I expect? My co-workers liked them, though. The other fourteen truffles disappeared quickly.
My co-worker Charlie S. donated this bar to the chocolate eating meeting.
This chocolate was fantastic. It exploded with a deep dark chocolate taste that I normally expect from chocolate that has 80% cacao or more, not from a 71% cacao bar. Everyone loved this bar and wanted seconds.
It turns out I have had this bar before. But since it was so long ago and so good and not under its own heading, I decided to include it again.
My co-worker Cathy N. gave me this full-sized Valrhona bar that she got in an Advent calendar. It was the chocolate for Christmas Eve.
I had had this bar before with cacao nibs, but that was four years ago. I wasn’t fond of that bar because the nibs made it chalky. I suspected it would be better without them, and I was right. This bar was fantastic! So rich and deeply chocolate, I loved it. My co-workers did too, and the bar disappeared quickly.
My co-worker Cathy N. gave me this bar from a dark chocolate Valrhona Advent calendar her mother had sent her.
Yum, this tablet of chocolate was delicious! It tasted much deeper and richer than its 66% cacao would suggest. There was deep chocolatey flavor that almost like fudge. It was even a little creamy. I would try this again in a heartbeat!