Trader Joe’s Brownie Crisp

I found this bag on the checkout aisle at Trader Joe’s. Of course I had to buy them!

These were super yummy! Very thin and crispy and chocolatey, they tended to fall apart when you bit into them. They reminded me of Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle, only these were a little better. More flavorful, I think. My co-workers loved them and took seconds and thirds. One person even had fourths! I think they were a hit.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Blackberry Sage

My co-worker Matt S. gave me this bar to try at a chocolate eating meeting.

My hopes were not high for this bar for two reason. First, I had not really liked many of the past Endangered Species bars that I had tried, and second, I had had a blackberry sage chocolate bar from a different brand and nobody liked it except me.

Well, surprise! This bar was really good, and everyone liked it. The chocolate was nice and deeply flavored (especially for a 60% cacao bar), and the balance of blackberry and sage was good. Neither one overpowered the other or the chocolate flavor, and I think this bar was less sagey than the Eclipse one. That helped.

Even better, there was a cool information page about the Peregrine Falcon on the inner label!

Thanks Matt!

Trader Joe’s Marbled Mint Crunch Chocolate Bar

I got this bar at Trader Joe’s last weekend.

I shared it at work, and the verdict of my co-workers is that it was…OK. The chocolate was…OK. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t very deep or rich, and the mint was odd. It wasn’t the typical mint you get in a chocolate bar, like peppermint or whatever that Andes mint flavor is. It tasted like mint ice cream, and I am not much of a fan of that. Oh well, the bar was eaten and I moved on.

Mandarin Orange Sculpt Superfood Chocolate

I got another Superfood chocolate at the grocery store.

I liked this bar. It was decently chocolatey and had a good orange flavor too. But like their Amazon Superfuit bar, there were some other flavors in there too, like some coffee flavor and something else, which tended to throw the bar off. It’s like they are trying to cram too many tastes into one bar, and they are not complementing each other. However, some of my co-workers loved this bar, so maybe it’s just me.

Chocolataria Equador Chocolate Negro Liso Amargo

My co-worker Leonard B. brought back a chocolate bar from a conference he attended in Portugal.

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First off, let me just say that this was the first chocolate I have ever had from Portugal. How is this possible? I have no idea, but I intend to correct this oversight, because this bar was AWESOME! It was huge, so at 200 grams it was almost half a pound of chocolate. And it was delicious! It was super rich and chocolatey, far more than I would have expected from 73% cacao. I would have guessed 85% easily. And it was so smooth, without a hint of bitterness. I ate four pieces and I wanted more, as did my co-workers who helped themselves to seconds and thirds of this generously sized bar.

Thanks Leonard!

Malie Kai Dark Milk Chocolate

I tried the last of the Malie Kai chocolates that my co-worker Dini M. brought back from her trip to Hawaii.

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This bar was OK. I am always on the fence about dark milk chocolate, which is milk chocolate that has more than the usual 10 to 15% cacao. I would guess this bar at about 30-35% cacao, so it was darker than a normal milk chocolate bar, but still far less chocolatey than a typical dark chocolate bar. My co-workers liked it though, and the pieces were gone in minutes.

Thanks Dini!