I was rolling around in bed thinking about studying, but then decided to take a drive to get gas and get some chocolate. I had originally only intended to purchase my NEW favorite Salazon Chocolate Co. bar – the dark chocolate with natural sea salt… but then I saw that the store had two other kinds of Salazon bars, so I bought those too! And two other new kinds of chocolate that I haven’t tried yet either. Anyway – I thought I’d run through the chocolates and what I thought of them for you guys! (long study break!)
The Nirvana Organic Belgian Chocolate Bar. I chose the dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel bar. It’s pretty, isn’t it? Unfortunately, I wasn’t in love with the flavor. I expected the bar to be flecked with caramel and have a delicious saltiness… but when I bit into it the chocolate was simply a smooth chocolate bar. No flecks of caramel, no melty flakes of salt, nothing. So, I flipped the bar over, and AH HAH! There is no ingredient for caramel… but caramel “flavor.” What does that mean? While I am not in love with the flavor, I am positive it will be delicious baked into some almond scones. This was 3.5 ounces for $4.99. ($1.43/oz)
Next bar…. Chuao Chocolatier! I picked the honeycomb bar out of the bunch. The packaging is really pretty. It’s a thick plastic bag with the chocolate bar in it, unlike all the others that are paper and foil wrappings. Anyway, there is a whimsical drawing of honey comb and a little bee… totally sold me. The chocolate itself is filled with plenty of crispy pieces of honey flavored “candy.” This bar? Hit it out of the park. The chocolate is dark and has great depth. The flavor is spot on. It tastes perfectly of honey, and the crisp little bits taste just like what I imagine crystalized honeycomb should taste like. Added plus? The cheesy little blurb on the back of the bar from the founder of the company. Definitely on the “buy again” list… and I’ll be interested to check out the other kinds. I will note, this was the most expensive out of the bunch. Weighing in at 2.8 ounces, it cost $5.49. ($1.96/oz). (I did get $1 off, so on sale? Totally a good deal for something this delicious).
Next: Salazon. As I’ve said before, the original dark chocolate with sea salt is my favorite… Salazon makes 4 bars. The sea salt, sea salt and coffee, sea salt and turbinado sugar, and the black pepper. The store didn’t have the black pepper once, but I’m dying to know what it tastes like!! I will make a note that Salazon uses 54% dark chocolate, which is quite a bit less dark than I normally like, but the quality of the chocolate and the mouth-feel is amazing. These bars cost $3.99 for 3 ounces. ($1.33/ounce).
So. The Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Organic Coffee. It’s made with Fair Trade Certified Coffee, which I think is a good thing to know. The coffee is earthy and quite good… but the bar is actually pretty light on coffee. You can see the crushed coffee sprinkled over the bar, and it’s quite well crushed so not too crunchy or chunky. Overall, I think it’s great because the coffee doesn’t overwhelm the chocolate and the salt is just perfect as well. It’s a mild chocolate bar. Definitely a re-buy.
Finally, the Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Turbinado Cane Sugar. I read online that this bar was created for people who wanted something a little sweeter than the original (that I love best). I’ll be honest, I bought two of these, and I’m regretting buying the second. It’s a good bar, but I found the turbinado sugar just a bit too crunchy and the bar over all just a bit too sweet. It’s still good, but I will stick to the original.
What about you guys? What are the chocolates you have tried? What are your favorites?