Lorge Ginger Chocolate

My friend Lucy generously gave me two of these ginger bars from Ireland, so I used them for one of my Large Bar Fridays chocolate meetings at work.

I thought this label said Large Chocolatier, and so did several of my co-workers. But after closer inspection, I looked it up and it is Lorge Chocolatier in Kenmare. Hehe.

This bar was very good. The chocolate was nice and dark, at 70% cacao, and the ginger was sweet and not overly strong. You could taste it, but it didn’t overwhelm the chocolate. I liked this bar, and so did my co-workers, who helped themselves to seconds and thirds.

Thanks Lucy!

Skelligs 70% Dark Chocolate With Chilli & Pink Peppercorn

My friend Lucy gave me another Skellig bar from her trip to Ireland.

This was an interesting bar. The peppercorn flavor was front and center, almost drowning out the chocolate flavor, which was fairly strong itself. The chili flavor was present as just a mild hot aftertaste, but that peppercorn flavor stayed with me for quite a while.

Thanks Lucy!

Ballyshiel Tullamore Dew Dark Chocolate

My friend Lucy H. brought me this bar from Ireland too.

This was an interesting bar. I could smell the whiskey very faintly when I opened the package, and when I tried a bite, the flavor was there too, as the palest of aftertastes. Interestingly, the bar was listed as 60% cacao but it tasted much lighter than that. I would have guessed 45 to 50% cacao, tops. Still, I liked this chocolate, and my co-workers liked the bar too, having seconds and even thirds.

Thanks Lucy!

Guinness Dark Chocolate Bar

My friend Lucy H. gave me this bar, which she picked up at the Guinness Brewery in Ireland.

OMG, this bar was sooooo good! When I opened the package, this delicious Guinness fragrance wafted out, and my co-workers commented on it when they entered my office. You could taste the beer flavor too, and it went so well with the chocolate. And the bar was only 52% cacao, but it tasted much darker, probably due to the butter oil they added. This was a seriously decadent bar, just like the label says.

Thanks Lucy!

Skelligs 54% Dark Chocolate With Irish Sea Salt

I received this bar as a gift from my friend Lucy, who took a tour of Ireland with her son and his family.

This bar was made in a chocolate shop with an unusual pamphlet.

No, not this side….THIS side.

If you look closely, there is a Stormtrooper standing in the doorway of the chocolate shop! Why is that? Because this chocolate shop shares its name and its location in Kerry with the Skellig Islands, which is where the final scene of the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot. How cool is that?

And the chocolate was really good too! It looked and tasted much darker than 54% cacao, and it wasn’t too salty, so that the salt enhanced rather than hid the chocolate flavor. I really liked it, and so did my co-workers.

Thanks Lucy!

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Caramels

I found this box of caramels at Trader Joe’s, and the beautiful box art alone was enough to make me buy them (although being dark chocolate, they would have been purchased anyway).

Inside, there were seven caramels, an odd number for sharing.

I ended up cutting them in half, so co-workers could try them, and that was a mistake. The caramel is very soft but the chocolate shell was not, and the caramel squished out as I cut them. They looked like a mess. Still, my co-workers and I forged ahead and ate them, and you know what? They were quite yummy. They were chocolatey and caramely and very salty, but there was almost no vinegar taste. Maybe a slight tang, but I could have imagined it. If I hadn’t seen the box, I wouldn’t have said there was any vinegar in these at all.

All in all, these were good but not great.