It’s no secret that I am in love with Lindt chocolate. I think they make some of the finest chocolates in the world, and thanks to my chocolate label collection, I know exactly when my love affair began: September 2003.
My friend Dana gave me this bar. She is the wife of a co-worker, Tom, and I don’t think she ever knew what was started by this gift of bittersweet chocolate. It is delicious, smooth and creamy and very chocolatey. I grew to appreciate the nuances of all of the Lindt line, and their truffles are my favorites of any brand.
And I have a Lindt-related travel goal. One day I will visit the Lindt chocolate museum in Cologne, Germany. I almost went last summer on a business trip, and some friends of mine did go. But I need to see the place myself, and pay homage to this company.
Larry and Maria also gave me this Russian chocolate bar too.
Look at that beautiful label! Now that’s what I expect on a Russian chocolate bar wrapper. This bar was very yummy, but I had so much chocolate that I used it for baking chocolate chunk cookies to take to work. Everyone seemed to like them!
Larry and Maria gave me another Russian chocolate bar when I visited them for dinner one evening.
This bar was very dark chocolate and very good. And I think it is one of the few Russian labels I had seen without a painted scene on it. It was still a nice-looking wrapper, though.
My friend Sissie returned from Japan with some Belgian Côte d’Or chocolates for me.
I had had this brand before, but it is an awesome chocolate and I will never turn down repeat chocolate, especially if it’s in a new label. I ate some of this and added the rest into chocolate chunk cookies I was baking. Delicious.
My friend Katarina from Miami gave me these chocolates when she was visiting here.
She had had these chocolates when she was in Miami, but she found a store near here and wanted me to try them. This was an assortment of chocolates, milk and dark, with different fillings, and they were all very good. The butter creams were AMAZING.
In late summer of 2003, I went to England on a press tour for one of my video games. The press tour was in a castle south of London (Hever Castle), and I got to spend a few days in downtown London after it was over. I visited the British Museum and St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern, but I also made time for a trip to Harrods department store, where found these chocolates.
These were small chocolate tablets, a mix of milk and dark chocolate, of a variety of flavors. They were all pretty good, even the milk chocolate, but my favorite was the dark chocolate and tea. Very yummy and very British.
I was surprised to note that these were the first chocolates from England that I had ever eaten. In over ten years of collecting labels, I had never eaten chocolate from there.
Kelly also gave me these chocolate candies from Cost Rica.
These were dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Like the macadamia nuts, they had bloomed too, but like the nuts, they were still delicious.