Neapolitan M&M’s

My co-worker Brian G. brought in these unusual M&M’s.

These M&M’s were odd. Each one was a large core (the same size as big Mint M&M’s) of strawberry flavored white soft cores, coated in milk chocolate, and then surrounded by a candy shell. The shell was either white, pink or brown, but they all tasted the same: overly sweet artificial strawberry with a vanilla aftertaste. If there was any chocolate flavor, it was drowned out by those other flavors. Still, they were fun to try.

Thanks Brian!


Brookside Dark Chocolate Goji & Raspberry Flavors

My co-worker Dini M. brought in another bag of Brookside chocolates.

These were pretty good. Like the last bag, they were soft, tart centers covered in a decent dark chocolate. I ate a few, and my co-workers had a handful each. Everyone thought they were nice.

Thanks Dini!

Brookside Dark Chocolate Vineyard

My co-worker Dini M. brought in these chocolate treats for us to try.

I have had fruity Brookside bars and balls before, and they were pretty good. These were good too. The dark chocolate coating was decent, and the fruit center was soft and very flavorful. In these balls, the center tasted like Merlot grapes and black currant, so it was sweet and tart, a nice combination that went well with the chocolate. While I am still a big fan of the Brookside dark chocolate almonds, these fruit balls were yummy too.

Thanks Dini!

Garden Island Stone Ground Dark Chocolate 85%

My co-worker Charlie S. gave me this Hawaiian chocolate bar, similar to other bars he had given me in the past.

This bar was very good. It was very dark and slightly astringent, with an unusual aftertaste – something nutty and slightly floral. I really liked it, and my co-workers all had seconds, so I think they liked it too.

This bar is my 1,900th unique chocolate bar on this blog! That’s a lot of chocolate, and there is more to come!

Thanks Charlie!

barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Mint

My co-worker Dini M. gave me this bag of mint-flavored barkTHINS.

These were REALLY good! The chocolate was nice and dark (probably about 60% cacao, but the bag didn’t list any percentage), and the mint bits were crunchy but not too hard. They weren’t like candy cane bits. They were more like Altoid chunks. They went very nicely with the chocolate.

I have had many flavors of barkTHINS, and with this bag, my collection is complete. We have tried all six flavors.

Thanks Dini!

Pemberton Candies Heaven On A Stick

My co-worker Dini M. gave me this chocolate turtle on a stick.

I took this home to try and broke it open on a rainy Saturday afternoon while watching a Taiwanese horror movie. Since this confection was milk chocolate I wasn’t expecting much. I took a bite and tasted soft, delicious caramel and crunchy pecans, all covered in a rather mundane milk chocolate and some white frosting with sprinkles. I thought it was too sweet, but as the movie progressed, I found myself taking bite after bite until it was gone. It was actually quite good! I would remake it with dark chocolate and skip the frosting, but the caramel was perfect.

Thanks Dini!

Godiva Dark Chocolate Assortment

While shopping yesterday for some cologne at the mall, I stopped into Godiva to use a gift card I had gotten for Christmas.

I have always wanted to try ALL of their dark chocolate truffles, and this box gave me that opportunity.

The truffles were laid out beautifully, and they were very easy to distinguish from one another. Some were even wrapped in gold or red foil. And the chocolatier even includes a handy visual guide.

While all of them were very good, my favorite was the Midnight Swirl, a dark chocolate truffle filled with an 85% cacao dark chocolate ganache. But the Mochaccino Mousse, a dark chocolate truffle filled with an espresso filling, was a close second. But really, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

I remember in my 20’s when I thought that Godiva was the pinnacle of chocolate and that nothing could be better. I was wrong; there is better chocolate out there, especially for the price. But Godiva remains a steadfastly great chocolate that I can always rely on to satisfy my craving for rich, deep dark chocolate.