Here’s one of those curious things that you just have to try when you find it sitting on a shelf somewhere. Each of these three tins is supposed to imitate a dessert from a different country, in white, milk, and dark chocolate.
Starting with France, we have Creme Brulee white chocolate. I really like the formate The Chocolate Traveler uses: thick circles cut into “wedges” and fit into tins. You don’t seem to find much round chocolate (minus 3D truffles, of course.) The pieces are nicely sized, even with extra markings for those who just want a small taste. As far as this one’s color, it’s, well, different. Tan-colored. It’s kind of melty, too, which was consistent with all three of these. It has more of a caramel than creme brulee taste, even with some slight peanut butter taste. The texture is a little like peanut butter, too: not exactly “creamy,” but more thick and smooth. It’s… interesting, but definately candy in my book.
The Dulce de Leche milk chocolate, representative of Mexico, is a very pretty brown, soft yet dark in its essence. It has that strong vanilla flavor I’ve been finding in dark chocolates recently.
Concerning the whole milk thing, the word “imitation” comes to mind. Especially just after the Delaviuda truffles, they don’t quite nail that soft flavor here.
For Italy, we have Tiramisu dark chocolate. Coffee, a hint of raspberry, and sugar sit in amongst the dark taste. I guess it tastes good, but I always have a hard time with those “dark chocolates” that sit on the lukewarm borders between sweet and dear and deep and intense.
So they’re interesting chocolates in their own way. That is, I hesitate to call them chocolates because they’re so sweet. The eight dollar price tag definately approaches steep for just 150 grams, but I guess that’s because of the tins. Which I do love the tins, by the way. I’d say the same about the idea, but I really can’t since it wasn’t carried out terribly well. I don’t feel each country through each taste. That said, they’d still be a nice gift, being kind of fun, but you know, not as a chocolate lover’s gift.