Talanda Dark Chocolate

I got this bar from a co-worker, Lauren G., who found it at Ikea for 99 cents.

Wow, for 99 cents and just 60% cacao, this was a pretty good dark chocolate bar. It was dark and a bit dry and crunchy, but it had a lot of chocolate flavor. The label said it was imported from Poland thru a company in Texas for sale in California, but I don’t see how that is possible for just 99 cents. What a world.

Thanks Lauren!

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Green & Black’s Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar

My co-worker Dini M. gave me another Green & Black’s bar to try.

This bar was a nice smooth dark chocolate bar, mildly salted. The salt was even distributed and melted throughout the bar, so there were no large crunchy chunks. I liked that, and so did my co-workers. And at 70% cacao, this was a decently dark chocolate bar too.

Thanks Dini!

Green & Black’s Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Bar

My co-worker Dini M. brought this bar in for us to try.

I have had Green & Black bars before, and they are usually pretty good, and this one was no exception. It was nice dark chocolate bar, flavored with caramel and salt. I say it was flavored with caramel, because unlike yesterday’s bar, where the caramel oozed out when I broke the bar into pieces, this bar was solid all the way through. The caramel was mixed with the chocolate and not a separate thing, so it was much easier to eat and much easier to clean up afterwards.

Thanks Dini!

Vobro Frutti di Mare

I found these chocolates on the “free” counter in the kitchen at work, so despite the white chocolate portions, of course I had to try one.

The name “frutti di mare” means mollusk or seafood in Italian, which is strange given that Vobro is a Polish chocolate maker. These pralines were a milk chocolate and white chocolate combination shell surrounding a milk chocolate hazelnut cream filling. I thought it was quite yummy, if a little sweet. A dark chocolate version would be wonderful!

Thanks, anonymous donor.

Sugarpova Dark Chocolate 70%

My co-worker Charlie S. brought this new bar to our tasting meeting.

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This is one of the chocolate bars from tennis star Maria Sharapova’s new line of chocolates! I am not a huge fan of tennis, but I know a celebrity bar when I see it! And not only was this bar big (at 3.5 ounces), but it was really good too! Very dark and rich, slightly sweeter than I would expect for 70% cacao, but very smooth. And I was shocked at how good it was, considering it is made by Baron, a Polish chocolate company who has disappointed me in the past. My co-workers loved it too, and everyone got to have seconds.

Thanks Charlie!

Rekolady Your Chocolate Story

My boss Feargus U. brought back this unusual bar from Poland.

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This was a crazy looking bar! Out of the wrapper it looked like three finger bones on a bed of bloody pebbles. See?

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The inside labels told the Chocolate Story. The left one was in Polish.

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I’m not sure what it said, but the right label had a diagram.

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I think I can make out the story, of the beans being harvested and sent to Rekolady, where they are conched and poured into molds, and then fruit is added, looking like strawberries and citrus. Oddly, the back label said there was 70% cacoa beans and the rest as sugar in this bar, but there was obviously some kind of dried fruit on top. I tasted raspberries and something, and one co-worker thought that something was pineapple, but I am not sure. People thought the bar tasted weird, and there were still some pieces left after ninety minutes, so I guess it wasn’t a crowd favorite. But people loved trying it and looking at the label!

Thanks Feargus!