I bought this bar to eat on my flight home for Christmas in 1993.
I have no idea what all of the fuss over Dove chocolate is about. It’s really not that good. I mean, it’s dark chocolate so already it’s better than 99% of the milk chocolate out there, but it’s no better than the cheapest dark chocolate at Trader Joe’s, and it cannot hold a candle to the best imported stuff. Sometimes I am sad that good PR can trump good quality in the U.S.
Chocolate and coffee go together very well, as any mocha drinker will tell you. I like mocha’s, but I had no idea how much I would love dark chocolate covered espresso beans.
These were crunchy and great tasting, with a generous amount of dark chocolate to counter the astringency of the roasted espresso bean. I shared them with co-workers, and they were gone in one day. I went back to Trader Joe’s the next weekend and discovered they sold them in bar form too!
I ate many of these delicious bars.
A few weeks after I saw the Belgian chocolate bar with almonds at Trader Joe’s, I saw this little bar.
I thought I’d like it as much, but almonds are just better than nougat in a chocolate bar. With nougat, you never know what you are going to get. Is it hard or soft? Sweet or savory? Big chunks or small? No, thanks, I’ll stick to almonds.
Every year before Christmas, Trader Joe’s sells gift packs of little chocolate “bottles” filled with various liqueurs. I picked these up in November of 1993.
I remember liking the rum-filled ones the best, but they were all good. And sorry for the shiny creases, but foil doesn’t scan very well.
I like mint and chocolate together. I cannot pass a Girl Scout booth outside of a local grocery store without stopping to buy some Thin Mint cookies. They are just too good to pass up. So when I saw this bar at Trader Joe’s, I had to buy it.
This bar was OK. By that, I mean it was dark chocolate and it had mint crisps, so I enjoyed it. But there was something missing, some “umph” that was lacking that made it a great chocolate bar. In the end, that disappointed me.
Over the years, I have purchased a lot of chocolate from Trader Joe’s. I used to buy ten pound blocks of Ghirardelli dark chocolate to bake with, making chocolate chunk cookies or chocolate mousse every night. When I was buying my third block in as many months, the cashier asked me if I was buying them as gifts. “No, they’re for me”, I replied. I think she blanched a little.
This was one of my favorite chocolate bars from TJ’s.
I love Belgian chocolate, and any chocolate with almonds gets an added bonus. So eating them together was a sure win in my book. My “Chocolate I Have Known” book, that is.
Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of chocolate. My name is Tim and I love chocolate, and I usually eat some every day. I like chocolate baked goods and desserts, even chocolate beer, but my real passion is chocolate bars. For almost twenty years I have been keeping the wrappers of new chocolates that I try. This blog is my attempt to immortalize that collection on the web, in a digital form that should outlast the dusty and fading wrappers that now fill half a dozen scrapbooks and total almost a thousand labels.
Let’s begin at the beginning, on October 19th of 1993, with these beautiful bars.
My roommate Larry was dating a woman from Italy, and she brought these back from a trip there. They were very good milk chocolate, smooth and creamy, but I must admit that I really enjoy dark chocolate more and I found this chocolate somewhat understated in its cacao flavor. But the wrappers were so nice looking that I didn’t want to throw them away, and Larry suggested keeping them in a photo album along with a note about where I got them and what I thought of them.
“Chocolate I Have Known, Volume 1” was born that very night.