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Theo Chocolate: Mint 70% Dark Chocolate

3 stars

I don’t normally wimp out with my ratings, but this one deserves it. This chocolate bar includes mint as one of its ingredients. It’s not a wimpy mint either; it’s a strong spearmint flavor that punches through the dark chocolate.

I thought it was OK. 

Leanne loved it.

Our friend Bridgette hated it.

So that averages out to three stars, but those three stars are not indicative of how you might react to the chocolate. If you like mint, you’re going to love this bar. If you don’t, then give it a wide berth.

Theo Chocolate: Pure 85% Dark Chocolate

3 stars

It’s a pretty straight-forward dark chocolate. There’s not much else to say.

Theo Chocolate: Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate

4 stars

The packaging is mildly pretentious in the social-signaling sort of way: Non-GMO, Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan, and Kosher. (It’s not gluten free, and they don’t give a rip about diabetics.)

The primary flavors are the salt and dark chocolate. The almonds are overwhelmed by the other two tastes, and only contribute to the texture.

Blair Fox Ambush, 2009

Did I mention I liked Blair Fox?

The online sources describe this as a “Red Rhone Blend.” A little sweet, a little smoky, and drier than I’d normally like, but the flavor makes up for it.

Ritter Sport: Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts

4 stars

Not much needs to be said. Quality chocolate, good nuts, and portioned so to be divided evenly.

Blair Fox Syrah, 2011

I’m not going to pretend I’m any good at ranking wines. My idea of a good wine is one that’s a little smoky, a little fruity, and not too dry.

Kinda describes this one.

Chocolate, 2/4/15

4 stars

oh, my s’mores!, by chuao chocolatier. Just what it sounds like: milk chocolate, graham crackers, and mini marshmallows. This is a low four stars (or maybe 3-1/2 stars if I gave out half stars) because it really wants dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. It’s still good, but not really the best it could be.

Chocolate, 1/18/15

4 stars

pretzel toffee twirl, from chuao chocolatier. It’s just what it says it is: pretzels, toffee, and dark chocolate. What keeps it from being 5 stars is that chuao added whole mini curly pretzels instead of chopping them up, or using smaller straight pretzels. The pretzels make it difficult to share or save for later.

Chocolate, 1/8/15

Normally, I don’t mix “diabetes” posts with “chocolate” posts, as chocolate is usually safe. Today’s review is a mix, as the chocolate in question — more accurately, the dark-chocolate-flavored confection — impacts my blood sugar enough that I don’t really consider it safe.

Creamy Dark, from Milka. A “dark chocolate confection.” It would probably have gotten 3 stars had it been safe, as it’s a simple taste.

Chocolate, 12/31/14

3 stars

Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chips, by Wild Ophelia (a division of Vosges). Dark chocolate with potato chips embedded in it. It’s a great idea, but the chips get swallowed by the chocolate and turn this into a fancy crunch bar. I won’t turn it down, but I won’t go out of my way to look for it, either.