Rinse Chocolate Soap

My co-worker Dini M. gave me this three-pack of chocolate soaps.

Inside were three different bars: chocolate, raspberry drizzle and fudge brownie.

They smelled amazing…so chocolatey! I wanted to taste one…and I did. Very soapy. Then I saw on the back label that they warned about doing just that!

I left town for Christmas, but as soon as I returned, I tried one of these bars (the fudge brownie one, of course), and it lathered up really well and smelled even better than when it was dry. I swear it smelled just like a brownie, even down to being a little nutty (maybe that was the almond oil). Now I cannot wait to try them all!

Thanks Dini!

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Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

I found this box of caramels on the new shelf at Trader Joe’s over the holidays.

Inside were sixteen very pretty caramels.

I really liked these caramels. Like their Irish Whiskey Caramels, these were made with 55% cacao from Belgium, but they were made in Ireland. However, they reminded me more of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar Caramels, because they were very soft and gooey and salty. In fact, these were too salty. My co-workers complained and removed some of the salt after the first bite, and several skipped seconds, saying they had eaten too much salt. I liked them, but on my second one I removed some of the salt and thought it was even better that way.

Trader Joe’s Irish Whiskey Caramels

Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome to 2018. I thought that some liquor filled chocolates would be a great way to ring in the new year.

This box contained eight fairly large truffles.

The chocolate seemed a little bloomed, despite my care at keeping them cool and out of the sun. They tasted good. Well, as good as I could expected at 55% cacao. And there was whiskey in it, around 3 proof worth, enough to give it flavor but no chance of intoxication. I put these out at a chocolate eating meeting at work, and a couple people passed on them, not liking the taste of whiskey. I liked them, but I doubt I would buy them again.

Indi Ecuador Chocolate

I tried this bar, my final Indi bar from my trip to Seattle. It was made with cacao grown in Ecuador, although not in any more specific location.

This bar was good…but nothing to write home about. It had a nice, deep chocolate flavor, but nothing like their Heirloom Ecuador bar. And it had no creaminess like their Los Rios bar, and it had no metallic aftertaste like their Fortaleza Del Valle bar. It was just chocolatey. And at this price point, I expected more.

Harry & David’s Gift Box 2017

This gift box from Harry & David’s arrived at work before Christmas, from one of our game localization companies.

This box contained milk chocolate covered cherries, short bread cookies. Moose Munch, and a variety of truffles. I tried a dark chocolate truffle, and it was wonderful. It had a creamy dark chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with dark chocolate bits…it was made for me to love!

Marabou Milk Chocolate

I found this roll of milk chocolate tablets in my chocolate drawer at work. I have no idea where it came from.

I have had Marabou milk chocolate before, in bar form with toffee bits. I liked that one, but this one…not so much. It tasted like Easter Bunny chocolate..you know, that cheap milk chocolate used to make bunnies for Easter baskets. It wasn’t horrible by any means, just not very chocolatey.

Whoever gave this to me…thank you!

Indi Ecuador Chocolate – Fortaleza Del Valle

I tried another Indi chocolate bar from Ecuador. This was an ultra-single-origin bar from the farming cooperative of Fortaleza Del Valle near the west coast of the country.

This bar was very good. Unlike the earthy notes of their heirloom bar or the hot chocolate creaminess of their Los Rios bar, this Indi chocolate tasted somewhat metallic when you first bit into it and then it faded and the chocolate flavor took over. So it was less of an aftertaste and more of a foretaste. Is that a word?

Anyway, it was good stuff.