Lindt Crunchy Cocoa

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!


Lindt Roasted Hazelnut

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!

Trader Jacques’ Chocolate Marbles

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.

Thanks Betty!

Valrhona Le Noir Amer 71%

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.

Thanks Charlie!

Valrhona Noir Guanaja

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.

Thanks Cathy!

Valrhona Caraïbe

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!

Thanks Cathy!

Le Comptoir De Mathilde Choco’Message Cœur “Je T’aime” Dark Chocolate

My co-worker Kylan C. got back from a trip to France, and he brought this unusual dark chocolate from Tulette that you had to break with a mallet.


The chocolate was originally in the shape of a heart, but it had already been beaten by the time I came to it. The name of the chocolatier was on the side of the box: Le Comptoir De Mathilde. And the heart was on their website.


This chocolate was quite good! It was sweet but still quite rich, and I really liked it. Of course, it is hard to go wrong with French dark chocolate. And what is really cool is that this is my 1500th post to this blog, and it happened on a post of a French dark chocolate heart!

Thanks Kylan!