Taza Cacao Crunch

My co-worker Cathy N. bought this bar at a “hipster coffee shop” when she visited her brother on the East Coast.

I have had Taza bars before, and they are always very crunchy, and this one was no exception. In fact, it was so crunchy that one bit was too hard to eat, and I had to throw it away. But I liked this bar because the flavor was so deep and chocolatey, and my co-workers liked it too.

Thanks Cathy!

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Dick Taylor Brown Butter Nibs and Sea Salt

I got this bar as a gift from my co-worker Ankur O.

This bar was unusual. It was a Dick Taylor bar, and I have had that brand before, but most of them were single origin, and this one was not. Also, despite being a brown butter bar, it did not taste like butter, but instead it had a zingy, almost vinegar like taste. And it was an odd consistency too, like it had been whipped or aerated. Despite all of this, it was pretty good, and I had seconds and also shared it with my co-workers. They liked it too, but they commented on the taste and consistency. I almost want to try this bar again, to see if this flavor and texture was unique to this one bar.

Also, this bar marks the 1,800th unique chocolate that I have eaten! It’s been a long road since starting in 1993, and I hope to hit 2,000 before 2020. I am pretty sure I can do it, as long as I don’t run out of new and exciting chocolate brands!

Thanks Ankur!

Trader Joe’s Premium Peanut Butter Roundels

After seeing these reviewed on Become Betty, I ran out the next day to pick up a box.

Yum, these are really good. Each box contains four dark roundels and four milk ones, so of course I ate a dark roundel, while my husband ate a milk one.  We both agreed with Betty, that these are like really fancy Reese’s peanut butter cups, even though they look like thick York Peppermint Patties. I liked them a lot, but I think I will stick with Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups….which I just realized I don’t have reviewed on my blog. I will correct that oversight next weekend!

CostPlus Dark Chocolate With Passion Fruit Filling

I found this bar at CostPlus World Market, and due to my undying love of passion fruit, I had to buy it.

Over ten years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Hawaii, and during my stay, I learned how delicious fresh passion fruit could be. At my hotel I could literally pluck passion fruit off of a tree in a nearby patch of jungle, and I thought it was the sweetest, most delicious fruit I had ever tasted. When I got back home to California, I tried passion fruit from my local grocery, only to discover that it was not nearly as tasty, plus it caused my hands to break out in a rash. Apparently, I am allergic to the peel of some kinds of passion fruit.

So when I saw this bar, I wanted it. I was hoping it would taste very close to my original passion fruit from Hawaii. I took it to work to share with my co-workers, since the bar is divided into nine squares of chocolate, each with passion fruit filling. Personally, I loved it. The dark chocolate was OK (not good or bad, just there), but the filling was strongly flavored of passion fruit and just as sweet as I remembered. To be fair, my co-workers thought the bar was too sweet, but I think they were a little overpowered by the flavor. I don’t like overly sweet things, but this bar…I like it.

I think I will get this bar again…just for myself.

Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Bar

I found this bar at Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago.

This was a 70% cacao dark chocolate bar, with ground coffee beans on the bottom and filled with a dark caramel filling, also flavored with coffee. It was quite good! The ground coffee made the chocolate taste even darker, and the coffee caramel added more coffee flavor plus a nice burst of sweetness. I really liked it!

Seattle Chocolates Birthday Cake Batter

My producer Shana B. gave me this bar (actually two!) from Seattle when she was down to see the latest version of my game.

Yes, this is a milk chocolate bar, and yes it is stuffed with a white chocolate filling and some sprinkles, but damn if it didn’t taste just like a yellow cake with buttercream frosting! Very yummy, and my co-workers liked it too, enough for several to eat seconds.

Thanks Shana!

Lake Champlain Raspberries & Dark Chocolate

My co-worker Chris J. brought me this bar back from a trip he took to Vermont.

This was a very good bar. I have had their raspberry truffle bar before, but in this one, the raspberries were dried and crushed and spread throughout the bar, providing a crunch and a tart burst of flavor in every bite. The dark chocolate was 57% cacao, but it was still quite rich, and I could taste it through the raspberry flavor. My co-workers liked this bar too.

Thanks Chris!