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Day 116 – A classic nut

Swiss brand Van Houten has been producing chocolates since 1828 and is actually well known for it’s chocolate drinks. Interestingly, founder Coenraad Johannes van Houten used his experience as a chemist and a chocolate maker to treat cocoa mass with alkaline salts, removing the bitter taste and making it more water soluble, which is known as “Dutch process” chocolate!

These semi-sweet almond chocolates were enjoyable. The creamy chocolate was sweet enough and the coating generously covered the full almond nut. Always a popular option for nutty chocolates, this almond chocolate was a pretty good contestant.

Rating: 4/5

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in chocolate, nuts

 

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Day 115 – Extra fine & light

I’ve always liked M&S’ simple packaging. No fancy swirls or motifs or distracting promotional messages… it just states exactly what the product is, with their understated branding in the corner. I also like the typography and the swiss alps tucked into it. Nice one M&S.

Now to the chocolate, the milk bar was indeed light with the bubble lattice, similar to that of a minty Aero bar (which I adore). Though not being much of a milk chocolate fan, it wasn’t too sweet. It’s also an easy one to share, of which I kindly did.

Rating: 4/5

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in chocolate, milk

 

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Day 114 – See’s amore

This was the other box of See’s I received for my birthday and what a glorious box it was!

Inside was a hand selection of favourites from a dear friend which included a round dark with chewy caramel piece, oblong dark thins with crunchie nougat, dark almond caramel which wasn’t too sweet and had great textures, a rum based nougat with cherry and walnuts, a dark marshmallow caramel (my personal favourite), a super sweet airy truffle and a coffee soft centre dark. Yep and I ate them all myself!

Rating: 3.5-5/5

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in chocolate, dark, milk, nuts

 

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Day 113 – Lil chocolate chef

A little chef from my home town, Wellington. She’s actually pretty good and uses Whittakers too –

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in chocolate

 

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Day 112 – Fro-yo

I’m not really a frozen yoghurt fan, I’m definitely more for the ice cream. But was convinced to grab one tonight at Berry Good and decided to go for the plain with reese’s peanut butter cups on top –

Adequately sweet and tart and crunchy and peanutty… hmm it was pretty good.

Rating: 4/5

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2011 in chocolate

 

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Day 111 – Chocolate quotes

I love quotes, especially inspiring ones that make my day a lot better. So here are 10 chocolate quotes to brighten up your day or at least put a smile on your face…

1. Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

2. If life is like a box of chocolates, then its time for me to buy another box, I seemed to have already devoured all the good ones!

3. I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

4. I could give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter.

5. “Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso.” (Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick.) Spanish proverb

6. It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man. – Miranda Ingram

7. There’s more to life than chocolate, but not right now. РAnonymous

8. Giving chocolate to others is an intimate form of communication, a sharing of deep, dark secrets. – Milton Zelman, publisher of “Chocolate News” (I totally concur with this one, hence my lack of desire to share chocolate with just anyone!)

9. The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate! – Terry Moore

10. Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces. – Judith Viorst

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2011 in chocolate

 

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Day 110 – Feelin’ a lil bit ginger

Hmm well I do a bit after the gym, but that’s another story.

We have several pics for today’s chocolate by Chocolove

The wrapping…

The chocolate… look how dark it is!

The wonderful love poem inside… aww

The chocolate was dark and the ginger had been crystalized so it was sweet and lacked that strong gingery taste we were expecting from a ginger chocolate. It wasn’t unlikable, but it wasn’t one that I would polish off in one sitting.

Rating: 3.5/5

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in chocolate, dark

 

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Day 109 – Rufus

Today we look at the inedible kind of chocolate, chocolate labs. Meet Rufus, oh his eyes.. I want to take him home..

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in chocolate

 

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Day 108 – Canadian treat

This bar was brought back from Canada especially for this blog:D Don’t we feel special?

Cocoa Camino is organic fairtrade chocolate from Cuba, and their mission is to help bring about change through what we eat –

Welcome to the path, or in Spanish, the camino. Your purchase of a Camino product is a step forward on the path towards change. Through the joy of eating good food, you are contributing to building vibrant, sustainable communities here and throughout Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.

We joined the joyful food revolution with this almond and cranberry bar of 71% dark chocolate. It was a nicely sized bar, and the first two pieces went down a treat! Lovely and dark, it wasn’t too bitter and the cranberries added a little tartness while the slivers of almonds made for a welcomed texture. I was contemplating sharing it, but time went on and I realised I had finished the whole thing! Hey, it was only 40g, so it could happen to anyone!

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in chocolate, dark, fairtrade, organic

 

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Day 107 – The brownie

Well this La Rose Noire brownie says it all – Gluten Free! Ironically, under the list of allergens on the label it says ‘gluten’ – who do we believe?!!

The brownie smelt rich and chocolatey through the packaging and we weren’t disappointed when opening it. On first bite, we were delighted to enjoy an incredibly good brownie not even just compared to gluten free ones! A crisp layer topped the soft moist brownie that was indeed rich in chocolate flavour. Nearing the end of the slice there was a lingering of a slight different flavour (being the different flours used) but it wasn’t distracting and it was still a satisfying chocolate fix.

Just worry about the false labelling, so remember to check the details carefully especially if you have serious allergic reactions.

Rating: 4.5/5

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2011 in advertising, chocolate

 

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