I went to England in 2003 and picked up some delicious chocolates in Harrods department store, so I was pleasantly surprised when my neighbors gave me some Harrods chocolates for house sitting for them.
Like the other Harrods chocolates, these were a mix of milk and dark chocolates, and they were pretty good. There were also a half a pound of them, so I shared them with my co-workers.
I found this amazing chocolate bar at CostPlus in November of 2004.
Not only was the chocolate dark and smooth and delicious, but the bar was absolutely crammed with almonds. And it was a HUGE bar, weighing in at more than half a pound. I ate the whole thing in a few days and went back the next week for another one.
Valor is the right name for this bar. Valor, I salute you!
My friend Steve made another find at Mitsuwa, late in 2004.
I really liked this candy. It really was a complex sort of cookie, being a dried crepe with ganache on top of it, all covered in chocolate and then coated in an even darker chocolate. Delicious.
I was surprised when my friend Tom brought me this chocolate from Alaska. I had no idea they made chocolate up there!
This bar was really good! Very smooth and chocolatey. Well done, Theobroma!
My friend Steve found this chocolate at Mitsuwa.
It was very similar to Pocky, but I didn’t think it was as good. And this is coming from someone who likes Meiji chocolates!
I found this bar in a 7-11 store in Irvine.
I don’t know what surprised me more, that a 7-11 store was located in Irvine or that Almond Joy’s came in all-chocolate version. That’s chocolate flavored coconut with almonds, all covered in dark chocolate. And it was delicious! Too bad it was a limited edition and disappeared off shelves a short while later.
While in San Francisco in 2004, I stopped to browse in a bookstore and spotted this little bar.
I misread the label and thought the second ‘o’ in the word chocolate was an almond, so I had been looking forward to a dark chocolate and almond bar. Nope, it was plain dark chocolate. But it was pretty good nonetheless.