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Day 47 – Quattro squares

Ghirardelli is a famous American chocolate brand that has produced chocolates for the past 150 years. Something that makes these chocolate a little more special is that they roast their own cocoa beans before transforming them into smooth creamy chocolate – impressive!

These little bars were taken from a gift set of four of their square chocolates and I’ll rate them separately (does this count as 4 days then!?). They had been travelling in my bag for a while, so they got a little mushed… but that didn’t stop me from enjoying them ha

Milk chocolate with caramel filling
Hmm this was pretty scrumptious despite being melted and a bit messy! It gave me quite a toothache, but being a small square the sticky sweet caramel and milk chocolate was really good. It made me think of a caramel milk chocolate egg, yum:)

Rating: 5/5

Dark chocolate with white mint filling
Always the dark mint lover, this was on par with an After Eight (a definite favourite), though the chocolate was thicker and the mint cream softer and runnier, which may have been a result of the heat we were experiencing. Again it was quite a sweet square, maybe a little too sweet for my minty liking.

Rating: 4/5

Dark chocolate with raspberry filling
I’m starting to realise how sweet these little guys are! The raspberry filling was a little too sickly, nevertheless I ate it easily but did have to have a gulp of water to clear the palate.

Rating: 3/5

Dark 60% chocolate with caramel filling
Hmm I do like them dark… this was my favourite by far. The caramel and dark chocolate just work so well together, definitely better than the milk one above.

Rating: 5/5

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Posted by on November 23, 2010 in chocolate, dark, milk, mint, raspberry

 

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Day 46 – European influence

Travelling the past week with a group of Lithuanians is always enlightening with differences in language, culture, interests… and of course chocolates! This is one they had several rolls of and were passing around

Freia’s is a Norwegian brand that is American-owned. Given my post-travel state Wikipedia can tell you a bit more. This milk chocolate tastes similar to that of a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, but has a different kind of sweetness not sure how to describe it. Not being much a milk chocolate fan, I didn’t find anything special about it, though it was palatable and roll packaging makes it easy to eat.

Rating: 2/5

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2010 in chocolate, milk

 

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Day 45 – Classic posters #2

Here’s a classic one from Nestle –

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2010 in advertising, chocolate

 

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Day 44 – Bar one

It sounds like a night club or something, but no it is not. It is a chocolate snack bar that I picked up from the astromony place (there is an Indian name for it, but I cannot remember it right now*) in Jaipur.

The day was cold and rainy and we had been touring around on a bus all day and I desperately needed a pick-me-up. After viewing some pretty amazing sun dials, we found the little souvenir shop with a hole in the wall coffee shop, if it can even be called that – two Nescafe instant machines with an illumated fridge housing cold beverages and local confectionary. Two locals were eager to take our orders and proceeded to prepare the coffee by placing a half sized paper cup under the spout that dripped out some dark hot liquid.

While waiting I started to peruse the fridge (as you do) and came across Nestle’s Bar One. This was foreign to me, and so decided to give it ago – at only Rs5 it wasn’t breaking the bank.

Sadly it was a terrible disappointment:( it lacked the sweetness all confectionary should have and it didn’t even remotely taste of chocolate! It did say it was nougat and caramel covered in chocolate, but that also barely had any flavour. Someone, who admits being overcome by obsessive cravings for sweet things and finishes all the crisps and chocolate in the fridge, refused to even try this chocolate bar. That says something, doesn’t it?

Even tried chasing a bite with the push button coffee which didn’t do any good, so to the bin it went!

Rating: -1/5

*Jantar Mantar – World Heritage Site

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in chocolate, espresso

 

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Day 43 – Tropical mint

As I’ve said before, I have a soft spot for mint chocolate and this one is no exception – Tropical Source Mint Crunch Dark Chocolate. I could eat bars of these in one sitting. The dark chocolate is smooth and the crunchy mint is fresh and the texture is wonderful. Also we had a few bars of these given the suitability of this chocolate for my friend’s dietary requirements.

It’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free, kosher OU and made in Israel. The dark chocolate is deliciously smooth and the fresh mint pieces are crunchy and evenly distributed throughout the bar which is always nice. The flavour isn’t overpowering so it’s an easy bar to eat and consume a lot of so becareful!

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in chocolate, dark, mint

 

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Day 42 – Off the beaten track

I’m currently on the road and when I am, I’m always on the look out for new chocolates and local delights. We came across this coffee plantation in Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam, India the other day and ventured in to get our daily fix, and to my excitement, they also made their own chocolate! What a wonderful place!

After ordering an 100% Peabody filter coffee, I perused around the chocolate counter asking the store guy about each colourful foiled treat. I basically just learnt that they were chocolate. One immediately caught my attention where the “coffee in chocolate” – yes my favourite coffee bean covered chocolates had found me again! Without any hesitation I bought a box of these dear little beans for Rs35 (what a bargin!) and got straight into them.

I never thought of India as being chocolate connoisseurs but I have to admit these were pretty darn good!! The chocolate was smooth and creamy, not too dark so it was a little sweet, perhaps a 60% and the crunchy coffee nibs were strong. Paired with the peabody coffee it was the ultimate fix.  

Will post pics later once I can download them, in the meantime you can just use your imagination.

Rating: 5/5

Here’s some pics:

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in chocolate, dark, espresso

 

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Day 41 – The Book

There is only one cookbook that I’ve read cover to cover and this is it:

Not only are the images pieces of art in themselves, the clearly instructed recipes are wonderful to read and imagine making and licking your fingers at the same time. Green & Blacks also providing thorough information to the people and farms they work with, and detail the cultivation process of the cocoa beans and to the end product. It’s a delightful read for anyone who adores chocolate, it’s always good to know more about the things you love (people included) it just deepens those feelings even more! If you can, get a hold of this book, you don’t need to leave it on the shelf, it’s one for the coffee table!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in chocolate

 

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