Coco Haggis Spice Dark Chocolate

My co-worker Nicole gave me this bar, which she received from another co-worker Rose, who went on a vacation in Scotland.

I will admit that “haggis spice” doesn’t sound like the most appetizing of flavors, but this bar was pretty good. It was 64% cacao, and the spices were black pepper, nutmeg, clove and allspice, with a little salt thrown in for good measure. You could still taste the chocolate quite well, but the spices made the chocolate taste almost savory, with a ginger-like aftertaste. We all admitted that the flavor was quite good and quite unexpected. Now I kind of want to try haggis!

Thanks Nicole and Rose!


Dumfries House Luxury Milk Chocolate

My friend Lucy H. sent me this bar from Scotland.


This may have been labeled “luxury milk chocolate” and yes, it does contain three times the cacao of a regular Hershey bar, but it tasted like typical milk chocolate to me. I was hoping for something exotic.

Originally, I thought this was my first Scottish chocolate, but it turns out I have had Scottish chocolate before. And it was from Lucy, of course. She is so generous.

Tunnock’s Dark Chocolate Coated Caramel Wafer Biscuits

I found these lengthily named cookies at CostPlus World Market in May 2011.


These reminded me of a Twix bar: a crispy cookie smeared with caramel and coated in chocolate. I thought they were OK, but despite saying they were dark chocolate on the label, they looked and tasted like milk chocolate. If it was dark, it was very low in cacao.

My first Scottish chocolate

My friend and world traveler Lucy went to Scotland in the summer of 2008, and of course, she brought me back some wonderful chocolates.

These were delicious and unusual chocolates! They were all great, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be the espresso truffle. It was incredibly chocolatey and rich in coffee flavor at the same time, and it melted in my mouth.

This Iain Burnett chocolatier was one of several in Grandtully, where Lucy had stayed.

I need to visit Scotland!