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Saturday, October 16, 2010

A CHOCOLATE Review (x2!)

me in all my chocolate-tasting glory!

It doesn't take a whole lot of poking around on this blog to figure out that I like dessert, a LOT, and that there's a lot of baking happening in our kitchen. However, sometimes I pawn the goodies off too quickly and the top of our fridge is empty (for whatever reason, I've taken to storing all baked goods on top of the fridge. Sigh. Someday I'll have a giant kitchen and pantry!). When we're without baked goods, I find myself digging into my baking stash to eat from any number of the bags of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc. that I'm constantly accumulating. So you can imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to taste and review not one, but two, different types of chocolate recently.

The first was sent to me by Foodbuzz, through part of their Tastemakers program. I received 3 samples of the new Ghirardelli LUXE Milk Chocolate line: milk chocolate, hazelnut, and almond. Normally, I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but I was still eager to give these a taste. I must say, Ghirardelli knows their stuff! This chocolate was perfectly creamy and smooth and even a non-milk chocolate lover like me could enjoy this! My favorite was the almond, followed by the hazelnut. I'll always choose nuts over plain and this was no exception! Thanks Foodbuzz for allowing me to indulge in some seriously good milk chocolate!

My second chocolate-tasting experience was courtesy of Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate, a St. Louis-based company. If you browse their website, you'll see that they have a variety of tempting-looking products for sale, everything from truffles to pumpkin bark to a chocolate Bingo card (don't tell me that doesn't excite you!!). I was sent two boxes from their new Dreams line--one box of the mint dreams (dark chocolate with a mint filling) and one box of fruit-filled dark and milk chocolates). I recruited Ryan to help me sample and we went to town. I promise we didn't knock out two boxes of chocolate in one sitting...we have a lot of half-eaten chocolates in the freezer if anyone wants to come help finish them off ;)

Our thoughts? Ryan preferred the box of Mint Dreams and was only so-so about the Fruit Dreams. This surprised me because normally he's a huge fruit lover in any form. I, on the other hand, didn't expect to like the fruit-filled chocolates and absolutely loved them! My favorites were the orange and the lime, though there weren't any that I truly disliked. My one complaint is that I wish they would've been labeled...if I were giving it to someone who strongly detested certain flavors, they would have no idea which was which. The fruit-filled chocolates were either covered in milk or dark chocolate whereas the mint-filled chocolates were all about the dark chocolate. As mentioned above, dark chocolate is usually my go-to variety, so I enjoyed these best. In summary, the chocolates were a nice treat and I'm so thankful to Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate for sending some my way! If you're in the St. Louis area, you should check out one of their many locations...and if not, you can also order their chocolates (ahem, bingo cards!!) online!

the aftermath...
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