Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Chocolate review: Chocolat Stella Intense Dark Chocolate

Here is a chocolate that we've enjoyed before. I couldn't figure that out at first as the maker changed the box design.

Intense dark chocolate 75% cocoa
Details at the back of the box
Nutrition information
The design changed but the quality didn't. This is still a very good chocolate, which, at 75% cacao, doesn't taste as bitter as that content suggests. It is still smooth and very enjoyable. Definitely a good buy for a dark chocolate.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chocolate review: Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Orange Sticks

I discovered that we had a pack of these dark chocolate covered orange sticks and we decided to open it to see how its tastes. "Sticks" doesn't really describe them as these are as chewy as gummy bears.

Dark chocolate orange sticks from Trader Joe's
Nutrition information at the back
Chocolate-covered chewables
We thought that these chocolate covered jelly sticks were okay but not as enjoyable to eat as what they look like. I'm not even sure if these are supposed to be snacks or dessert. Other people including children probably will like this but I will pass the next time I see these on the supermarket shelf.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Chocolate review: Anthon Berg 72% cacao fairtrade chocolate

I discovered we still had a couple of bars of the Anthon Berg chocolates I purchased last April. This one's a dark chocolate unlike the dark milk I wrote about before.

The chocolate claims to have minimum 72% cacao
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box
Here's a close-up showing nutrition information on the chocolate
This is a 100g bar that's made in Denmark
This chocolate had a hint of bitterness about it that I identify with dark chocolates. And yet there was also the smoothness that it had that also made it enjoyable and invited one to have another bite.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Chocolate review: Tony's Chocolonely 51% dark chocolate with pecan

Last March's trip to the Netherlands yielded several chocolate bars that I got to bring home. Among these was this chunky bar that's got quite a name to it.

I take it that Tony's Chocolonely refers to a longing for chocolate?
Details on the chocolate at the back of the package
Most of the information though were in Dutch but looking and attempting to read it actually gives you some sense of what is being described. For example, it's easy to determine that this chocolate contained 51% cacao.
Nutrition information

The inside of the wrapper gives a story of the maker
Close-up of the wrapper's upper part
Close-up of the wrapper's lower part

I forget how much exactly I got this chocolate for but surely it didn't exceed 3 Euro from the convenience store where I got it. It is a very good chocolate and definitely one to enjoy and something to pick-up the next time I see it in a shop.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Chocolate review: Vanini latte finissimo cacao 49%

We had this Vanini bar among the last ones that the wife brought from her trip to Italy. This one also was pushed to the back of the refrigerator's top shelf where we keep our chocolates. I've mentioned before that we were more into dark chocolates but the wife made an exception here because of the Sicilian sea salt in the chocolate.

This Vanini bar also contains Sicilian sea salt
Details of the chocolate at the back of the box
Interesting information on the product includes sustainable trade, single origin cocoa, fairly traded cocoa beans, vegetarian diet and GMO free.
Nutrition and ingredients information

The sea salt blended well with the milk chocolate. And this reminded us of others like it that combined sea salt and chocolate only that the other bars were dark chocolate. That's probably because this milk chocolate was very refined and didn't taste like the mass produced variety. This one's definitely something we should pick up when we see the chocolate in a shop somewhere.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Invest in something you love - chocolates

It is said that if your job is something you love, you don't end up working a single hour of your life (or something along that line). The wife and I decided to make an investment in a business established by a close friend and it is something we do love - chocolates. Here is the link to the website:

CO Chocolat

There is also a Facebook page that documents the activities that includes educating and training farmers about growing cacao. Here are a few photos from the page:

The chocolates are now available but in Dubai where our partners are based and selling these at the weekend bazaars.
Training for cacao farmers engaged for this endeavor

Harvest of cacao

We look forwards to this business growing and helping get attention for Philippine chocolates and cacao. I like to think that this is not it competition with the established brands but more an effort combining to make this industry prosper. It is definitely something we'd love to see grow along with our daughter who's also developed a liking for chocolates. 

Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Chocolate review: Anthon Berg Dark Milk Fairtrade Chocolate

Somewhat an unusual term to describe a chocolate is "dark milk". To me, it is either dark chocolate or milk chocolate. White chocolate doesn't count. However, here is a "dark milk" from Anthony Berg. It was the first time I saw this chocolate and purchased a few bars on sale at the NAIA Duty Free Shop to give away to officemates as pasalubong.

Anthon Berg dark milk fairtrade chocolate
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box
The nutrition information is barely readable due to the color scheme of the box
Details on the maker are also barely readable but the ingredients are clear
This chocolate, which claims a minimum of 42% cacao, is surprisingly smooth. We thought perhaps it is due to the milk content that seems to take the bitter out of the chocolate. It is definitely a good buy for those on a budget for good quality chocolate outside the Swiss and Belgian brands and a bit better than the mass production Meijis.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chocolate review: Meiji The Chocolate Sunny Milk

The last of the three bars of Meiji's special release is this "Sunny Milk", which is a dark milk chocolate that's supposed to have 54% cacao - 1% lower than Brilliant Milk's 55%.

The purple accent in the packaging makes it distinct from the other chocolate bars from this line by Meiji.
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box - these are basically all in Japanese so the local distributor provided a sticker to at least translate basic information about the chocolate including the nutrition information. The expiration date is quite clear as well as the temperature recommended for this chocolate.
There are three small bars inside the box; each individually wrapped.

We thought that "Sunny Milk" tasted very similarly to Brilliant Milk. These were definitely better chocolates than the regular Meiji Black. If your noticed, the three bars are actually award winning chocolates as indicated in the front of the box. We would definitely agree. The only issue here, I think, is the price vs. quantity of the chocolate. For the same price you can get a bigger bar of a dark chocolate of comparable quality.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Chocolate review: Seattle Chocolate Hiker's Trail Mix

The Clairvoyant brought home a couple of these bars from here trip to Seatlle last summer. She got it at the airport on her way back home. At first, we thought this was just like any souvenir chocolate like those you find in the form of elephants at Suvarnabhumi Airport or those in the shape of the Merlion in Changi Airport. This turned out much better than those.

This is an interesting dark chocolate bar because of the trail mix and truffle.
Details on the chocolate at the back of the wrapper. I don't know know if the wife noticed it but the manufacturer of this chocolate is supposed to be "Women Owned" based on the
Here's the wrapper when spread out. I thought this was one of the good designs I've seen on a chocolate bar's packaging.

The chocolate bar retailed for about 240 pesos at the time (based on the prevailing USD:PHP exchange rate last May) and we both could say this was a good buy. The trail mix part of the choclate proved to be something enjoyable as you have something to chew that makes the tastes linger in your mouth. I would imagine, too, that the chocolate would be a good energy booster for people on the go including hiker's or those who like to walk (e.g., commute). This is definitely another chocolate we'd want to pick up the next time we see it.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Chocolate review: Meiji The Chocolate Brilliant Milk

I wrote about these 'premium' Meiji chocolate bars we picked up at the supermarket. There were three types of chocolates in bars available at the supermarket and I bought one of each.

I find it interesting how they named these chocolates. This one is Brilliant Milk and is described as 'dark milk' meaning it is milk chocolate containing 55% cacao.
Back of the box with all information about the chocolate including a spider graph of its attributes.
There's not really a lot of translation in English so it will take some effort for one to decode the details.
 Close-up of the back of the box
The box has an interesting design including
One of the chocolate bars inside the box. The net weight of the chocolate is 50g so one pack contains a third of 50g; perhaps just enough to satisfy one's craving for chocolate.
As with the previous bar I wrote about, this chocolate is smooth. These are on the expensive side though and I think the quality doesn't make up for the quantity if we're to consider prices. Bitin! One would be better off purchasing a larger bar for the same price range.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chocolate review: Auro 42% Milk Chocolate

The 3 bars of Auro Chocolate we purchased includes this milk chocolate that claims to have 42% cacao content. It is not a dark chocolate but we wanted to check how their milk chocolates tasted. The cacao content also suggested that this won't be your typical milk chocolate that tend to be on the sweet and creamy side.

Auro chocolate's 42% milk chocolate - proudly Made in Davao, Philippines
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box
Nutrition information and Auro's story and contact information

This is a very good milk chocolate and if you don't really look at the label, you may assume it to be a dark chocolate that's closer to the 30 to 50% cacao content (this is a milk chocolate with 42% minimum cocoa solids). A good comparison is with Meiji Black, which is labeled as a dark chocolate but is not as bitter as how people would expect from those with higher cacao content. The bar retailed for 265 pesos (~4.91 USD) and I must say that its worth it for those who are quite particular with their chocolates. The only thing that probably will deter you from getting one is if you really enjoy your Meiji Black and realize you can get 4 or 5 bars for the amount of money you would spend on this Auro bar. :)


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Chocolate review: Auro 77% Dark Chocolate

Another Auro bar we got is this 77% dark chocolate, which we thought was as smooth as a bitter chocolate could be. Chocolates >70% tend to have a more bitter taste to them (matapang na at lasang-lasa ang cacao).

Auro chocolate's 77% dark chocolate
Details on the chocolate including the price tag is here.
Close-up of the nutrition information

This bar retailed for only 200 pesos (about 3.70 USD) so we were actually surprised about the difference in prices with the 55% dark chocolate bar. The shopkeeper couldn't explain it but I can only guess that perhaps this wasn't popular with their customers as they probably thought 77% dark chocolate meant it was too bitter to be enjoyed. They are wrong and are missing out on this chocolate that's only leaning towards bitterness (more a hint rather than absolute). It would be perfect with wine or ice cream but is okay as a standalone after meal treat to relieve yourself some of the after taste of savory food (pangtanggal ng umay).

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chocolate review: Auro 55% Dark Chocolate

We spotted the large bar version of this chocolate at a store that's mainly for baking supplies. The smaller bars you can get at Starbucks. And we wondered before if Auro had the big bar version since the small bars seemed to be "bitin" in as far as our chocolate intakes are concerned. We got one of each of the three varieties available at the store for this chocolate, which we thought was very good and perhaps already comparable to the more popular Malagos chocolates from the same region in the Philippines.

Auro Chocolate's 55% dark chocolate comes in a 90g bar.
Details on the chocolate at the back of the box
Here's a close-up of the nutrition information and a briefer on Auro.
Here is what the chocolate looks like once unwrapped.
The 55% dark chocolate from Auro is smooth and perhaps a good introduction to their chocolates. The taste and texture tells us that they have achieved a certain level in chocolate-making that sets them apart and above the mass production chocolates; never mind the pretender upstarts and amateurs. It also says a lot about cacao and chocolates coming out of Davao. The bar retails for 265 pesos (about 4.91 USD), which at first seems a bit expensive for a local chocolate but then if you're willing to pay the same or more for an inferior foreign chocolate, then you have no excuse shelling out the same for this very good dark chocolate.