US Archives

Here are all the posts on Chocablog tagged with the term US.

Crio Brü Brewed Cocoa Drink

Brewed cocoa drinks you make like coffee.

Mast Brothers take up residence at London’s Ace Hotel

Brewed chocolate, doughnuts and bars.

Escazú Carenero Venezuela Goats Milk Chocolate

Goats milk chocolate from North Carolina.

Bissinger’s Banana Pecan Caramel With Peruvian Pink Salt

Milk chocolate filled with banana pecan caramel

Madecasse Toasted Coconut

70% Madagascan chocolate with coconut flakes.

Lillie Belle Farms Sunshine Daydream

A bean-to-bar chocolate made with buttermilk.

Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker

Dark chocolate with chilli & popping candy.

Lillie Belle Farms Ramblin Rose Madagascar 70%

Bean-to-bar chocolate made with two different roasts.

Fruition Chocolate Jalapeño Dusted Corn Nuts

An irresistible spicy, crunchy snack.

Hu Kitchen Almond Butter & Puffed Quinoa

A "Human" approach to dark chocolate.

Taza Chocolate Mexicano Cinnamon

Traditional style stone ground chocolate.

Fruition Dark Milk Chocolate With Fleur De Sel

Bean to bar milk chocolate from New York.

Bissinger’s Coconut Caramel With Red Hawaiian Sea Salt

Milk chocolate with toasted coconut & caramel.

TCHO SeriousMilk Cacao

A rich 53% milk chocolate from TCHO.

Madre Chocolate Hawaiian Earl Grey Tea

Made from Hawaiian grown cacao, tea and vanilla.

Patric Chocolate PBJ OMG

Dark chocolate with roasted peanuts.

Mast Brothers Crown Maple

73% dark chocolate with maple sugar.

Madre Chocolate Triple Cacao

Dark chocolate flavoured with cacao pulp.

Twice The Vice – The Gentlemen’s Club Collection

Exceptionally boozy chocolates from Santa Monica.

TCHO Mokaccino

Milk chocolate with Blue Bottle Coffee.

Taza Chocolate 60% Stone Ground

Stone ground chocolate from Dominican Republic beans.

Les Petits Richart

Tiny bonbons from Richart Chocolat.

TCHO Artisan Confections

Filled chocolates from bean-to-bar chocolate maker TCHO.

Videri Chocolate Factory Bean To Bar Selection

Bean-to-bar chocolate from North Carolina

Mast Brothers Dark Chocolate With Almonds

73% Dark Chocolate with Californian almonds.

Richart Heart To Heart Valentines Collection

Valentines chocolate hearts from Richart.

Mast Brothers Belize

Mast Brothers 70% chocolate made with beans from Belize.

Cacao Prieto Selection

A Brooklyn-based bean to bar chocolate maker.

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates Holiday Selection

Christmas themed chocolates from Hedonist Artisan Chocolates.

Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys

A selection of milk chocolate Thanksgiving turkeys.

Hammond’s Crackle Crunch

Milk chocolate with raspberry and popping candy.

Wild Ophelia Beef Jerky Milk Chocolate

A milk chocolate bar with beef jerky. Yes, really.

Trader Joe’s Fair Trade Organic Belgian Milk Chocolate

An organic and fair trade milk chocolate bar.

Bissinger’s Milk & Dark Chocolate

Milk & dark chocolate bars from Bissinger's of Missouri.

Wild Ophelia Smokehouse BBQ Potato Chips Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate with barbecue potato chips? Yes, really.

Mast Brothers Vanilla & Smoke

Stone ground, smoked Papua New Guinea cacao and vanilla.

World Market Dark Chocolate 99% Cacao

A 99% cocoa solids chocolate bar.

Rite Chocolate – The Churning Point

Chocolate spread that's good enough to eat with a spoon.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Buttercream

A buttercream filled bar from Trader Joe.

Godiva Red Velvet Ultimate Dessert Truffles

Red Velvet Godiva Truffles with white chocolate shells.

Le Belge Chocolatier Sea Salt Collection

A collection of sea-salt bars from Le Belge Chocolatier.

Sunbursts – Candy Coated Sunflower Kernels

Candy coated sunflower kernels.

Millcreek Cacao Roasters 70% Cacao

Bean to bar chocolate made with Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional beans.

Amella Agave Caramels

Dark chocolate caramels made with agave.

Cero’s Candies Selection

An unusual assortment from Wichita-based Cero's Candies.

Askinosie Dark Milk Chocolate With Liquorice

A dark milk chocolate with pieces of liqourice

Pioneer Candy Co. Toffee

Chocolate and nut toffees from Colorado.

Zorba’s Chocolate Truffles

Raw chocolate truffles from Oregon.

L’Amourette Single Origin Bars

Two single origin Venezuelan chocolate bars.

Creative Confections Truffles

A selection of beautiful fresh chocolates from Arizona.

Mast Brothers Black Truffle

A dark chocolate bar with real truffle.

Askinosie Malted Milk

Dark milk chocolate made with malted milk powder.

Mast Brothers 72% With Nibs

Mast Brothers bean-to-bar chocolate with cocoa nibs.

Wild Ophelia New Orleans Chili

A spicy bar from Voges' Katrina Markoff.

Mast Brothers Conacado

A 73% Dominican Republic bar from Brooklyn's Mast Brothers

Zorba’s Raw Chocolate Bars

Flavoured raw chocolate bars from Zorba's.

Chocwasabi Chocolate Wasabi Peas

Chocolate and pea, together at last.

HS Chocolate Figgy Blue

A fig flavoured candy bar.

Zorba’s Spiced Chocolate Almonds

Almonds covered in raw chocolate.

Sweetriot RiotBars

Dark chocolate bars from New York

HS Chocolate Fluffernutter & Gingerbread

Gingerbread and marshmallow filled chocolates.

Buddha Chocolate Cup And Crystal Salt Bar

A raw, organic take on the peanut butter cup.

Van Otis Chocolates

Milk, dark and white chocolates from New Hampshire.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Simple chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from Sprinkles.

Dilettante Milk Chocolate Salmon

A solid milk chocolate salmon from Dilettante.

Wiseman House Selection

I think the box that came with my chocolates from Wiseman House was positively the biggest of any other chocolate offering container I have previously received; that certainly brightened my afternoon. The unpacking revealed promising contents, as well. The pretty …

Godiva Caramel Apple Pie Truffle Bar

Apple caramel in milk chocolate

Trader Joe’s Sugar, Chocolate & Coffee Bean Grinder

For grinding over desserts, drinks and ice cream.

Pillsbury Sweet Moments

Bite-sized chocolate covered cake pieces from Pillsbury.

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramel With Black Sea Salt

Trader Joe's take on the classic salted caramel.

Jelly Belly Very Cherry Chocolate Dips

Cherry flavoured jelly beans dipped in dark chocolate.

Sifers Valomilk

Milk chocolate cups filled with liquid marshmallow.

Disney Parks Candy Boxes

A small selection of Disney themed candy chocolates.

Taza Chocolate Mexicano Salt & Pepper

Organic, stone ground chocolate with added salt and peper!

U-No Bar

A Milky Way / 3 Musketeers style candy bar from California.

Woodhouse Chocolate Salty Savory Bars

A selection of dark chocolate bars flavoured with a myriad of herbs and spices.

Reese’s Sticks

Sticks of waver and peanut butter in Hershey's milk chocolate.

Woodhouse Chocolate English Toffee & Caramels

Lurking at the bottom of my Woodhouse Chocolate package were a couple of slender acetate boxes with a single line of chocolate inside. And, to be honest, I put them both on one side because the other things in the …

Chocolate Pop Rocks

Chocablog has reported on popping candy in chocolate before; having, however, not personally tried this strange combination, I picked up two packets when I stumbled across plain milk chocolate covered Pop Rocks. While I can’t say from experience, the idea …

Bosco Milk Chocolate

Apparently Bosco, according to this packaging, is “America’s most beloved chocolate syrup brand… originally inroduced in 1928,” even if I am completely unfamiliar with the brand. When I sighted this Bosco bar at World Market, however, I was drawn to …

Woodhouse Chocolate Assortment

A selection of handmade fresh chocolates from the Napa Valley.

Poco Dolce Bittersweet Chocolate Bars

Time for the last items from the package from San Francisco’s Poco Dolce, and there isn’t a bit of their delicious, delicious toffee anywhere to be seen. Instead, their Bittersweet Bars blend together their chocolate with some interesting ingredients. Like …

Coco-A Selection

I have found (or been found by, as it is) a box of chocolates that I would honestly be excited to get as a gift or feel right about giving as one. On a day-to-day basis, I just don’t come …

Godiva Ice Cream Parlor Strawberry Gems

It’s sort of funny that I say positive things about the changes going on with Godiva lately: while I feel that the greater leaning towards informality suits their products, wouldn’t it be better for them to instead tweak up product …

Amano Cinder Toffee With Nibs

This honeycomb with cacao nibs is so addictive, you'll be thankful it's so difficult to buy.

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Covered Creams

I pretty much avoid the grocery store boxed chocolates. I just don’t see the point in them. And unfortunately, they’re all that come to mind as I sit with the next box from Philadelphia Candies. While I was okay with …

Mast Brothers Chuao 76%

The latest offering from Brooklyn-based bean-to-bar chocolate makers Mast Brothers; a 76% Chuao.

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Palette

A selection of eight single origin bars from Trader Joes.

Amano Morobe Papua New Guinea

Amano's latest (and greatest) offering, made with Papua New Guinea beans and a whole lot of love.

Poco Dolce Bittersweet Chocolate Tiles

Another offering from San Francisco's Poco Dolce.

Chukar Cherries Cherry Blossom Trio

Cherries covered in milk chocolate and coloured white chocolate from Chukar.

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate French Mints

Isn’t it supposed to be as you get older that your taste preferences move away from the sweeter products and you are more likely to appreciate the nuances of dark chocolate? Yet I seem to be moving in the opposite …

Sephra Premium Chocolate

Travelers in the world of chocolate fondue since 2003, Sephra sells both the fountains (in commercial and household varieties) and the chocolate. A nice fact about the chocolate is that it is designed to not need oil, yet still flow …

Amano Dos Rios

Amano Dos Rios (Two Rivers) is a 70% dark chocolate made with beans sourced from the Dominican Republic.

Philadelphia Candies Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

When I looked at the first couple of items from Philadelphia Candies, I established this as a confectionary company. With that thought in mind, I approach now a one pound box of Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles.

Poco Dolce Sea Salt Toffee Squares

I was casually leafing through a magazine at my dentist's, waiting to be told that I don't floss enough, and I was stopped in my tracks by a photo. Poco Dolce made me want them with that photo.

Philadelphia Candies Chocolate Potato Chips and Pretzels

The people over at Philadelphia Candies have sent me a good-sized selection for review, so I will slowly be getting through these in the coming weeks. I start off with a pair that includes something I specifically requested...

Amano Chuao and Truffles

Starting off my journey were the berries, with some saltiness sparking up the halfway point. It’s deep like a black ocean...

Madelaine 72% Premium Dark

The bar is divided into three large and thick pieces. They’re too large for my tastes, especially since you can’t really break them into smaller sizes because they’re so thick.

Amano Cuyagua

The cacao origin here is Venezuela, specifically from the out-of-the-way Cuyagua Valley. The rich colored squares have a marshmallow aroma reminiscent of the Montanya bar, accented with a peppery feel.

Snake & Butterfly Selection

I went with the 67% Madagascar bar, whose ingredients are limited to cacao nibs, sugar, and cocoa butter.

Astor Black and Tan

A bar that made with both milk and dark chocolate. Rather than being mixed together (which would spoil the individual light and dark colors), the dark was poured into the mold first, followed by a layer of milk.

The Tea Room Maté & Cocoa Nibs

The last thing I brought back from the San Francisco Chocolate Salon was this 51 gram bar by The Tea Room.

French Broad Aphrodisiac Collection

On first look, I thought this box of truffles I received from French Broad Chocolates was just another simple, handmade affair...

Vice Chocolates Dark Chocolate With Fleur De Sel

Although I have said that Vice Chocolates had quite an eye-catching booth at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon, I find myself slightly disappointed to be at home with only a plain dark chocolate and sea salt bar rather than a …


Choccreate is another of the make-your-own chocolate bar companies, all of whom seem to be named with the oh-so-original prefix “choc.” But after all, it is your own creativity that is supposed to reign in these cases. When Choccreate invited …

Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar

It seems like a long time since Dom posted Chocablog’s first Bacon/Chocolate hybrid review, and I was terribly excited when those lovely people from HF Chocolates gave this to me last year. Vosges is the brainchild of Katrina Markoff and …

Wei of Chocolate Wei Happy

I am pleased to say that I have finally found a chocolate maker in Phoenix. I discovered Wei of Chocolate at a farmer’s market, educating passers by about how to get the most nutrition-wise out of your chocolate. After sampling …

Madécasse 70%

Even with less than two days in San Francisco, I still had to peer into a couple of chocolate shops in the area. (Ghirardelli Square doesn’t count: it’s a great place to spend the afternoon but not a major chocolate …

Mast Brothers Grand Cru 81%

When Dom reviewed the first Mast Brothers bar I felt a genuine pang of envy. Seriously. When I read the review I immediately lusted for a taste of this wondrous chocolate that those bearded brothers were bringing to life in …

Jersey Devil Hot & Spicy

Jersey Devil Chocolates, being a new company, currently have a single product: a 54% dark chocolate bar with chipotle chili and cranberries that sells for $3.50. The premise is the Jersey Devil folklore of a flying, hoofed creature in New …

5th Avenue Chocolatiere Cocoa Covered Truffles

I think all the chocolatiers got together recently and decided to make their boxes wooden in order to impress me. It’s hard to look at others after the American Heritage box, but still, there is something about the plain wood …

John & Kira’s Urban Garden Bars

Most of us know by now about the ethical choices chocolate-makers can stand by; we also know that no matter how many stamps, seals, and labels a chocolate has, taste still matters. I am happy, therefore, to introduce you to …

Gateau et Ganache Chocolate Bonbons

Like many (though certainly not all) of the Chocolate Salon participants, Gateau et Ganache is based out of California. Creator Annie Golding makes a variety of confections, specifically handmade marshmallows and truffles. As I mentioned, I found theirs among the …

Hedonist Artisan Chocolates

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I only found it humorous to get two boxes of chocolate in the mail marked “Hedonist Artisan Chocolates” (a hedonist being someone devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure). Really, what could be …

American Heritage Chocolate

I feel so American right now, and I’m not even being sarcastic. When I learned I would be getting some American Heritage chocolate in the mail, I thought, oh, cool, I like historical approaches. When I got my box and …

Amano Truffles

Amazing hand made truffles from bean-to-bar chocolate maker Amano.

San Francisco Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon

Reporting from San Francisco's biggest chocolate event.

Golden Road Crispeez

While browsing through the sale shelves at World Market, I spotted this box at the bottom with a $1.99 price tag and took it up, barely even looking at it. I don’t recall ever seeing these on the regular shelves, …

Fairytale Brownies Original

The setting is Whole Foods. The focus is on me, doing some shopping. The object is a little stand at the end of an isle. I pass by it once, shielding myself from its temptation. I go choose some bread, …

Love Street Living Foods

Out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania comes Love Street Living Foods, who sells organic, raw, and vegan food products. No fine print here beneath the stated values; Love Street means serious business. No genetically modified ingredients, no refined sugars or flour, no …

ProBar Koka Moka and Cherry Pretzel meal bars

I’ve recently returned from The States, where a busy schedule of constant travel and long drives made me develop a certain addiction to cereal and energy bars. There seems to be quite a thriving industry of various so-called meal replacement …

The Chocolate Traveler Tabasco Spicy Chocolate

As this little tin had been sitting in my chocolate stash for quite a while, I decided it was time to finally approach it. When I first saw it, I assumed it to be made by the Tabasco hot sauce …

The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake

We don’t review an exorbitant amount of desserts on Chocablog, especially ones coming from restaurants versus cafes. This particular cake is from The Cheesecake Factory, yet it struck me enough that I decided it merited a review. For those unfamiliar …

Cowboy Chocolates

New Mexico being just next door, Santa Fe has become a biennial retreat for my family. In such an artistic community as it is, it follows that there are also a couple of good-quality chocolate shops in the area. Chocolate, …

E. Guittard Quetzalcoatl

Stepping back two years, E. Guittard was the subject of my very first Chocablog review. At that time, I was bumping into their bars relatively often and thoroughly enjoying them until suddenly they appeared no more. This week I find …

Vosges Oaxaca Bar

I don’t know why this chocolate intimidated me. I’ve had chocolate/chili combinations several times; why should I be reluctant to try this one? Maybe its the picture of a chili pepper on the front, taking up almost half the space …

Askinosie San Jose Del Tambo 70%

Askinosie is an American bean-to-bar chocolate maker, based in Springfield, Missouri. Shockingly, in over four years of writing about chocolate practically every day, this is the first time we’ve reviewed one of their bars. That just goes to show how …

Zhena’s Gypsy Chocolate Jasmine Tea

One of the nice things about World Market is that, besides the occasional snow-cone or cookie samples, there are always coffee and/or tea in the back of the store. Perfect to pick up while browsing the chocolate shelves, not to …

Mint Chocolate Buzz Bites

For a long time now, I’ve suspected that Lee has been trying to kill me. And now, in what initially seemed like a thoughtful gift of some chocolate chews, my suspicions have been confirmed. This cute little tin contains six …

Agave Dream Chocolate Ice Cream

Now that the summer is upon us in all its sunshiny glory, it’s the cooler treats that begin to look more welcoming. What I have here is chocolate ice cream by Agave Dream. Besides being something to cool off with, …

Wonka Exceptionals Scrumdiddlyumptious Chocolate Bar

“I’d like a bar of chocolate, please… whichever one’s the biggest.” Wise words, spoken by Mr. Charlie Bucket just moments before unearthing his Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory. The iconic Wonka bar itself can be difficult to track down …

Casey’s Marvelous Milk Chocolate Cupcake

I recently had the pleasure of a short stay at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. Built in the nineteenth century (never as an actual mission, as the name suggests) and standing like its own castle community, …

Godiva Spring Fruits

I have a bit of a history with Godiva. With their message of luxury inside golden boxes, they were a helping hand when I began to think of chocolate as beyond indulgence. But when I’ve had some of their chocolate …

Madelaine Duets

The Madelaine Chocolate Company are most known for their seasonal chocolates. You may have seen their chocolate bunnies around for Easter. This April, they introduced a new line called Duets. These round chocolates chocolates are filled on one half with …

Chocbite Selection

Chocolate, cherry, chili. Chocolate, honey, green tea. Chocolate and you name it, it probably exists somewhere. But getting your hands on just the flavor combination you want isn’t always the easiest. So along came Adeline Rem, who wanted people to …

Aspen Brownie Works

In 2004, Jill and Jim Pomeroy started Cloud Nine Brownies as a small, local Colorado business. After some growth, they’re recently changed names to Aspen Brownie Works, drawing off of the Aspen Highlands, located just by their new kitchen. I …

Trader Joe’s Classic Milk and Dark Chocolates

These two bars from Trader Joe’s don’t make any claims to gourmet or out-of-the-ordinary. Named “Classic,” priced at sixty-seven cents each, and molded into thin bars, they’re obviously not intended to be spectacular feats. The funny thing about them, which …

Hoja Verde 72%

Hoja Verde, Spanish for “green leaf,” is so named to honor the rainforests shading their cacao plantations and the company’s background in roses. Their base is in Florida, and their single origin chocolate is made with Arriba beans from Ecuador. …

Mast Brothers 72% Madagascar With Fleur de Sel

In chocolate-tasting circles, the name ‘Mast Brothers‘ is spoken with quiet reverence. Two brothers from Brooklyn who have somehow managed to make – I’m told by reliable sources – some of the best chocolate in the world. I had to …

Hotlix Chocolate Covered Insects

“Cricket anyone?” would normally result in my explaining that standing in front of three sticks of wood while someone hurls a lump of leather-wrapped cork at me isn’t really my thing but, as you may have guessed, the cricket in …

Kettle Confections Orange Almond Nougats

From Kettle Confections comes this red box of Chocolate – Orange Almonds Nougats. I’m loving the Minnie Mouse style it imparts, as well as the fact that it is tied, once again, with a real fabric bow. What we have …

Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Bon Bons

Being that I was already at the store on Chocablog’s fourth birthday, I thought it only fitting to pick something celebratory up. The frozen isle at Trader Joe’s has some tempting-looking desserts; I opted for the more average Ice Cream …

Q.bel Selection

Despite having been around since just last year, Q.bel already has a healthy range of seven products, in the form of wafer bars and wafer rolls. The backstory? After having natural foods at home, their son came home from school …

Geminus Chocolate Diamond Bark

Geminus, Inc., to my surprise, is a local company (to me, that is), coming out of Scottsdale, Arizona. The chocolate people usually don’t flock here too much; they must not be keen on their hard work melting away in the …

Sweet Signatures Toffee Pecan Clusters

I may be getting spoiled by all the toffee I’ve been trying lately — I don’t consider getting spoiled by the chocolate because, after all, a necessity can’t spoil you. This box of Toffee Pecan Clusters came to me from …

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory After Dark Collection

Until a branch opened up in a local mall, my previous experience with the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was looking at their display of ridiculous chocolate dipped candy apples as I ran from one end of an airport to another, …

Nuts Over Toffee Milk Chocolate

My, my, does my chocolate cup overflow. Chocolate is one thing I must find time for, so let me dig into the pile — other tasks can wait. From Nuts Over Toffee, based out of Florida I believe, comes this …

Ferrara Milk Chocolate Strawberry Ball

I must not be a Valentine’s Day person; I very nearly didn’t get to any chocolates for the holiday this year. Then when I finally pick something up, it is nothing comparable to the all-out Hotel Chocolat offerings that have …

Boulevard’s Dairy Free & Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

Would someone tell me why there is so much rainy weather in Arizona in January? I just don’t understand it. The only advantage it has for me is an increased enjoyment of such life’s comforts as warm hats and hot …

Discover Singapore Nut & Rice Crisps

Another pressie from the travelling friends, this box purports to contain a flavour of Singapore by way of these curious little ‘cakes’ of milk chocolate which also contain roasted macadamias and crisped rice. There are eighteen pieces in total, each …

Werther’s Original Caramel Chocolate Dark

I had a friend who found a cute little ceramic pig in a shop. She bought it and proudly displayed it on a shelf in her room. And from that point on, she was the pig person. Birthdays, Christmas and …

Ghirardelli Pecan Pie Squares

Last year, I looked at Ghirardelli’s seasonal Peppermint Bark; this year, I went for the bag of Chocolate Pecan Pie squares. While I wasn’t too impressed by the mostly white chocolate Bark, the Pecan Pie is wonderful. Pecan Pie isn’t …

Strawberried Peanut Butter M&Ms

Strawberry flavour peanut butter M&Ms.

Splendid Milk Chocolate With Eggnog

Eggnog chocolate. I’ve never personally come across it, so I was rather intrigued by the idea. It’s a weird drink that I’ve grown fond of. I let my curiosity win out over an unsatisfying look at the ingredients list. The …

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Lover’s Bar

Trader Joe’s has a unique style with their quirky, half-funny cartoons on chalkboards throughout the stores and on their newsletters. I’ve grown fond of it all; this chocolate’s design is also in keeping with that style. Dark brown against bright …

TCHO ‘Fruity’ Dark Chocolate

When I visited the Chocolate Unwrapped show with Dom a while back, I picked up TCHO this bar, as well as the ‘Citrus‘ and ‘Nutty‘ bars. As my previous review states, both myself and my friend who tried the bars …

Necco New Moon Sky Bar

I won’t make it a secret. I like Twilight. I won’t get into the reasons why I like the books/movies. Let’s just say that it’s great when two worlds collide, as chocolate and Twilight collide in this version of a …

Splendid Chocolates Thanksgiving Place Settings

I saw these Thanksgiving turkey place settings at World Market last year, but didn’t get any. I regretted it afterwards, so I had to pick them up when I saw them again this year. Since they seem to be a …

Nestlé Butterfinger vs Reese’s Crispy Crunchy

And I’m back with yet another Reese’s offering, this time it’s “milk chocolate, peanut butter, crispy peanut butter candy and peanuts.” It sounded something like a Butterfinger, so I decided to do a side-by-side comparison. Butterfingers usually aren’t my favorite …

Derry Church Artisan Chocolates

Derry Church Artisan Chocolates has an interesting history. Pastry chef and chocolatier Eric Cayton grew up around Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he grew to admire none other than Milton S. Hershey’s work. He eventually started the Derry Church company to fulfill …

Tcho ‘Citrus’ Dark Chocolate

I picked up this bar and the Tcho “fruity” bar at the recent Chocolate Unwrapped show (Dom had the other two). As I am not personally a fan of dark chocolate, I recruited a friend to share the experience with …

Original Beans Selection

To make sure that I have a fair look at the Original Beans Cru Virunga, I’ve been sent a second bar, along with the two other bars in the Original Beans range. Tearing open the new Cru Virunga, I was …

Ghirardelli Halloween Milk Chocolate with Caramel

I really wish someone would make a seasonal pumpkin chocolate. That one would be sure to catch my attention. But as eating these caramel squares is my sole Halloween act this year, I’d say Ghirardelli’s redress of a daily product …

TCHO ‘Nutty’ Dark Chocolate

TCHO first came to my attention when Xeni Jardin from Boing Boing mailed us to share their series of videos shot at the TCHO factory in California last year. You can see those videos here, here and here. If you …

Reese’s Dark Peanut Butter Cups

There seems to be a growing trend of darkness in the chocolate world, but darker isn’t always better. Put to the test this time is the dark version of a classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I didn’t realize how much …

Signature Harvest Truffle Collection

While I was at World Market this week, I spotted a pile of these boxes in the fall display. Plain, red-ribboned boxes by “Signature Chocolates by Rena – A Division of Chocolates a la Carte.” Sounded kind of iffy, but …

Reese’s Whipps

As long as I was trying so many peanut butter chocolates, I thought it was high time I got to a Reese’s Whipps. Especially since they’re not even marked as new anymore. Has it really been that long since they …

Maramor Premium Milk & Dark Chocolate With Probiotics

As Dom recently pointed out, chocolates that promote health benefits more than anything else are often just digging for selling points. Too often, their stand-alone quality is lacking. So though I love getting chocolate in the mail, I started going …

Original Beans Cru Virunga

Note: Our sample arrived damaged due to no fault of Original Beans. Please see our updated review of the Original Beans range for a more balanced opinion. I have to say, I love the packaging design of this bar. Though …

Rocky Mountain Peanut Butter Bucket Dark

Among the various offerings of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is this commanding chocolate. Just look at the name: not peanut butter cup (Rocky Mountain does sell some mini ones), but bucket. Sounds like a proper sweet to gorge yourself on. …

Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie

86% dark chocolate from Ghirardelli.

Trader Joe’s Gourmet Flakes and Chocolate

There are plenty of cereals out there with some thin connection to chocolate, but this one seemed like it might be worthy of a review since it has pieces of chocolate in it versus a miniscule trace of cocoa powder. …

Theo Venezuela 91%

Since I really enjoyed the bars from Theo’s 3400 Phinney range that I tried last year, this bar caught my eye at Pier 1. I didn’t even know they sold chocolate. Another reason to always be on the lookout. It …

Ghirardelli Twilight Delight

72% American dark chocolate

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Mint

Organic, Fair Trade, mint flavoured dark chocolate.

World Market Chili and Lime Dark Chocolate

Lime is one of the divine foods, on par with butter and honey. Naturally, then, I got excited over seeing this bar, even if chili chocolates are fast becoming common. Chili coupled with lime, though, I was hoping would have …

Choclatique Moon Rocks

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Choclatique has fashioned a set of 15 space-inspired chocolates to their Moon Rocks Collection. They sent me the four following samples. Mission Control Fig Beware of the …

Cambria Chocolate Covered Huckleberry Fudge Cupcake

So I was up in Cambria, California for a couple of days while visiting the gaudy Hearst Castle, finding myself just as charmed by the tiny town of Cambria as the treasure trove castle of ’20’s. Naturally then, I had …

Taza 70% Stone Ground

I truly feel bad about this. I got this unique bar while on vacation, so I kept it nice and wrapped up for a week. But on the return drive, what happens? I realize that the heater is on and …

Necco Chocolate Wafers

Chocolate flavoured wafers.

Haute Choklet Caramel Fortune Cookie

Laurie Moroco’s company, Haute Choklet, started in the home for eight years before it was made into an official company a year ago. “Haute” meaning “high” for “fashionably elegant or high-class”. And while it still has a homemade feel, the …

Amella Caramels

Amella caramels are each made with cocoa butter and fruits or vegetables and hand-dipped in chocolate, creating a rather unique product. Equally special are the small rectangular boxes they come in. Their design is old-fashioned and modern at the same …

Hershey’s Kisses Filled With Truffle

I didn’t buy this bag. I’ve had enough Hershey’s lately. But seeing as it was in the house, well, I couldn’t let it go without making a few comments. Let me just ignore the “truffle” part of the name, which …

Amber Lyn Sugar Free Bars & Truffles

The formula for Amber Lyn’s sugar free chocolate comes from Belgium, discovered in 1999 by founder Lyman Peterson. His goal, and a sort of motto for the company today, was to find a “sugar free chocolate that didn’t taste sugar …

Cocoa Republic Single Origin Colombian

Although Amber Lyn, based out of Utah, makes sugar free chocolates, they also sent me these regular (with sugar) Cocoa Republic bars, which I’ve decided to start with. Both are single-origin, from Columbian beans, and are divided into six pieces. …

Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Yes, I chose these because they’re so small and I have a weakness for tiny things. Peanut butter also seems to be ending up in my hands a lot lately. I wasn’t really expecting the most here, though, especially considering …

Amano Montanya

To finish with Amano’s new bars, we have this 70% from Venezuela. The name of this one, Montanya, is interesting. This is mountain in Spanish, but they’re traded out the tilde for a “y,” presumably to make sure it’s pronounced …

Amano Jembrana Milk & Ocumare Milk

Amano has, to my great delight, sent me their two new single-origin milk chocolate bars and dark chocolate bar (which I’ll get to in another review). That Amano would choose to make milk chocolate isn’t surprising, giving their approachable sophistication, …

Guayakí Yerba Mate Chocolatté

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, yerba mate is a very wonderful tea that’s popular in South America and often pushed for its health benefits. Namely, focus, clarity, and energy. I found this one in the “health …

Hershey’s Mr Goodbar

This is the last of the current crop of American bars sent to us by online sweet shop Handy Candy. I’m often wary of Hershey’s chocolate and I have to say, the name of this particular bar didn’t fill me …

Seeds of Change – US Bars

With a couple of reviews of the UK version of this chocolate already online, it was lovely to be contacted by Seeds of Change with an offer to try some more of their organic chocolate bars. This time however, the …

Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Crisp

Milk chocolate with lightly toasted crisped rice.

Dagoba Lavender Blueberry & Milk Chocolate

The two bars I’ve previously reviewed saw me liking the Dagoba Chai and disliking the Dagoba Seeds bar. However, today, I had two guest reviewers, one of whom, Juliet, urged me to try Dagoba’s Lavender Blueberry and then their milk …

Nestlé Baby Ruth

This American import was sent to us by HandyCandy. It describes itself as “Bursting with peanuts, rich caramel and chewy nougat” – which sounds a little familiar – and also informs me that it’s the “Official Candy Bar of Major …

Marich Chocolate Toffee Almonds

I’m not sure how widespread Marich is. Their products did make it to a shop in the microscopic ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, but seeing as they’re based out of California (like nearly every other U.S. chocolate company, it would …

Trader Joe’s French Truffles

I thought these might be like a different box of truffles I came across once, but they’re not quite what I expected. Trader Joe’s does have some good prices and quality in their stores, so these are also inexpensive for …

Cadbury Caramello

This is one of a small box of samples sent to us by Handy Candy – a ‘retro’ online sweet shop who’ve revently started selling US imports. As with most (all?) Cadbury products in America, it’s actually made by Hershey. …

World Market Dark Chocolate 72%

Finally I get around to World Market’s chocolates, starting with this basic dark bar. It has the same packaging as their other products, imitating a box wrapped up for shipping. On the other side of the paper and foil, the …

3 Musketeers Raspberry Minis

This limited edition Raspberry flavor is going to be available for Easter this year. Looks like it’ll only be released in these 42-piece bags of Minis. Half of the spring-style wrappers are silver, with the other half a solid pink. …

Dagoba Chai

This bar was approached with a fair amount of trepidation after the severe disappointment of Dagoba’s 68% cocoa-content dark chocolate with hemp seeds. Was this one destined to go the same way? After all, it was starting a few steps …

3 Musketeers Mint

Dark chocolate with a fluffy mint flavoured filling.

Hershey’s Bliss

I was planning on getting some Hershey’s Kisses to talk about the impact of their shape on the taste, but then I realized I’d never tried the fairly new Bliss range, so here it is instead. I really like the …

Endangered Species Cherries & Raspberries

“Based in Indianapolis, Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) was established in 1993 to increase awareness of endangered species and the need to do more help support the efforts made in their conservation. ESC ethically source their cacao from family-owned, sustainable forest …

Dagoba ‘Seeds’

Dagoba is clearly a chocolate company with worthy ideals and ethics behind it. This US company was founded relatively recently in 2001 by Frederick Schilling. He had the novel idea of aligning the cocoa bean turning into chocolate with alchemy …

Endangered Species Supreme Dark Chocolate

Time and time again I’ve walked by this range, but I finally picked up their 72% bar. Not only is it 100% ethically traded, but 10% of the profits go to “help support species, habitat, and humanity.” The outer cover …

Ghirardelli Pink Heart

Another pink Valentine’s Day offering here, in a nice soft, silver pink. My disappointment in it, though, was at finding only seven squares inside. The heart isn’t very big, but I was expecting more like ten. This explains the awkward …

Rocky Mountain Milk and Dark Chocolate

I’m very familiar with Rocky Mountain’s Milk Chocolate bar, but this is, strangely, my first time trying the Dark Chocolate. Interesting to note that only the Milk says “gourmet.” Maybe they think Dark Chocolate already sounds more fine than Milk …

The Chocolate Traveler International Collection

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 …

Emily’s Cherry Hazelnuts and Cranberry Almonds

Continuing with Emily’s Chocolates, we have these two red boxes. The first is half cherries and half hazelnuts; the second is half cranberries and half almonds. They’re all covered in a sweet dark chocolate with a vanilla flavor this time. …

Emily’s Chocolate Pecans and Graham Crackers

When I received a package from Emily’s Chocolates with four (I’ll get to the other two next time) of their offerings, I naturally started to open one of them to see if I could get away with some tasting before …

Republic of Tea Spicy Chocolate Mint

When I bought this, I actually thought it was hot chocolate. It wasn’t until I got home that I saw the teapot on the front. And I thought I had examined it fairly carefully. At least I was right about …

Stabucks Gingerbread Latte Truffles

Gingerbread cookies always seem to be a bit Christmassy to me than mint flavored candy canes. They are equally “holiday”, but mint itself is around all year. For me, gingerbread only comes in once a year. Quite naturally then, I …

Amano Jembrana

Back in January, Dom reviewed Amano’s Madagascar and Ocumare bars. They’ve just introduced this limited edition bar from southwestern Bali, so they sent me a couple to sample. Under the shiny sleek box and gold wrapper, the chocolate is a …

The ChocolateSmith Petite Melange

This is a twelve-piece box from Santa Fe based chocolatier The ChocolateSmith. All of these are made with dark chocolate, with the Sierra Blanca having a white chocolate top. Rosemary Marcona Almond Round I was eager to try this after …

The ChocolateSmith WinterMint Bark & Wax Chocolates

With all my time in Santa Fe, I had never come across The ChocolateSmith. Fortunately, Jeff Keenan sent me a few samples: WinterMint Bark, two wax chocolates, and a box of chocolates that I’ll review next. The WinterMint Bark is …

Chocolate Delicate Squares

Given my other decent chocolate purchase at Costco, I allowed this box to take me in. The picture looked tempting, but the rest of the design isn’t the greatest. Probably given the fact that the company (Les Delices d’Ellezelles) is …

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark

Milk and white chocolate with pink peppermint flecks.

Patric Madagascar Sambirano Valley

Almost disheartened by the chill November winds, it was with great enthusiasm that I found a box of chocolate waiting for me at the post office, compliments of Alan McClure of Patric Chocolate. The company is fairly new, having just …

CocoaVia Original Bars

There are a lot of strange things on the shelves these days. Although I’m all for organic or raw chocolate, “healthy” chocolate is another story. So I picked up this box more out of curiosity than anything else. The chocolate …

Sweetriot Flavor 70

Picture a chocoholic running to a store’s register, already holding chocolate with a couple of other items, trying not to see any more chocolate before paying. And then she sees a tiny sign, “The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Fix.” Back up. …

Starbucks Espresso Truffles

Back to coffee again. Although these truffles are really very different from the Mocha Dark Chocolate bar. Being espresso, the coffee lends a dark, rich tone. It’s much nicer infused in the filling, becoming a very part of the chocolate, …

Theo Chai Tea

Can I love these Theo Chocolate people even more? This is a fantastic range of flavors. It doesn’t seem to get too in depth about the mystic flavors of the cacao bean; it just tastes amazing. I was able to …

Theo Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch

I’ve now officially decided that I love the 3400 Phinney Chocolate Factory range. It’s wonderful. I was curious, though, how they would handle my friend hazlenut, again worried that I wouldn’t like it so much with “crunch.” Sure enough, this …

Theo Bread and Chocolate

I found myself at World Market again. In the chocolate isle, of course. I stood there and wondered what delicious thing I should choose. Amongst all the sophisticated packaging, the girliness in me thought these kitties were cute. Then I …

Twix Peanut Butter

After reading Simon’s Twix White review, I spotted this variety. Apparently, it’s been around here in the US for a while, but I’d never tried it. The format is the same as a standard Twix, but with peanut butter instead …

Starbucks Chai Truffles

Being curious to sample more from Starbucks, I fed a recent obsession with Chai tea by picking these out. There were ten total truffles. The box-container they’re in is unique, and while it wouldn’t be great for a present, it …

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate

I thought a chocolate blog would have a certain obligation to have a Hershey’s bar. As I bought this one, I realized that it’s been years since I’ve had one. I remember when they used to actually look like chocolate …

Rocky Mountain Coco Fizz

I’m rather fond of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Their stores sell confections more than chocolates, but that’s still nice. Long before Kath reviewed the Chocolade soda, I spied this bottle sitting on top of Rocky Mountain’s glass case, but I …

Fudgsicle Triple Chocolate

My last ice cream sample was this rather interesting idea. I always love eating chocolate from lighter to darker, so I was looking forward to experiencing that in ice cream. Or ‘fudge bars’, I should say. I was a little …

Breyers Double Churn French Chocolate & Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream

Ice cream time again! When I opened these up to see if they would be distinguishable in a picture if I put them in the same bowl, I found myself looking at two identicals. One just had some brownie bits …

Klondike Slim-a-Bear Chocolate Fudge Bar

Stephanie and Brittany from Klondike’s PR firm were nice enough to send me a few samples of chocolate ice cream. The first of these, being part of a health-conscious line, is sugar-free, with Splenda in its place. Now, I like …

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate

The last of the Starbucks bars, and also my favorite, just had to bring in some coffee. When you unwrap it, wow, coffee is just what you get. I couldn’t smell the chocolate at all. Once it’s in your mouth, …

Starbucks Dark Chocolate

Here is the dark-faced counterpart to the Starbucks Milk Chocolate, again without a cacao percentage listed. But what a handsome face it is: all those vines look nicer in dark than light. This bar also shares the milk’s vanilla smell …

San Francisco Chocolate Factory – Chocolate By Numbers

This was a very pleasant surprise on my first trip to the discount store Tuesday Mornings. The retail price said sixteen dollars (I think that’s an exaggeration of the actual price), but I paid three. There are six boxes, about …

Starbucks Milk Chocolate

When I first saw this line of chocolate, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it just some average chocolate, parading under the Starbucks banner, for people to supplement their breakfast coffee with? I’m not a coffee drinker, so I …

Boehms Mocha Encores

This little box was picked up at the grocery store on sale from $8 to 4. It’s not the most unique looking, but still inviting enough, so I thought it was worth a try. There are twenty chocolates, all individually …

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate with Raspberry Filling

Dark chocolate squares with a raspberry filling.

TCHO On BoingBoing TV: Part 3

BoingBoing TV have posted the third and final part of their tour of the TCHO chocolate factory in San Fancisco. Not so much a tour this time, more of a taste test… As with part one and part two, it’s …

Hershey’s Cacao Reserve Single Origin

The first thing that didn’t seem right about this set was that, although it has three chocolates from different origins, they’re all different percentages cacao. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have them all the same so that you can …

Joseph Schmidt Spring Card Box Petites

My eye caught this box at World Market, which sells, well, world furniture, trinkets, and food. They’ve also turned out to be one of the best places to buy chocolate in Arizona. At first, I thought this was just a …

TCHO on BoingBoing TV: Part 2

Here’s the second installment of BoingBoing TV’s tour of the TCHO chocolate factory: You can watch the first part here, or download the high quality version from BoingBoing TV here. Information Filed under factory, tcho, us, video.

Hershey’s Premium Dark Chocolate Assortment

I don’t much like Hershey’s. I’ll try and be fair about them, but I’ll make this no secret. Yet their new products seem like spiders’ webs for me: they look decent enough, then turn out to be nothing special. Still, …

Peanut Butter Face-Off: Reese’s Pieces Vs M&Ms

I’ve always heard about Reese’s pieces and knew that they were powerful enough to lure ET out of the garden shed, but seeing as they’re only available in tiny and expensive little boutique choccy shops and cost a fortune, I’ve …

TCHO on BoingBoing TV

Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing TV got in touch to tell us about the latest episode of their wonderful show, featuring a tour of the TCHO chocolate factory in San Francisco. The video explains the first part of the chocolate making …

Pralus Mélissa Criollo 45%

A rich 45% milk chocolate from Pralus.

Michel Cluizel Plantation “Los Ancones”

This is the first of the three bars from Kakawa Chocolate House. I think it was the coloring that drew my eye. A normal, sophisticated black, but with a lime green border and light orange wording. This is a single …

Kakawa Chocolate House

On a recent vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I found my way to this shop. Top priority. And it was as much as I had expected. Why, they even have an altar to chocolate. Kakawa is most known for …

E. Guittard Ambanja Bittersweet

This was my fourth E. Guittard purchase. The company is based out of California in the United States, but its founder, Etienne Guittard, went to California from France in the 1850’s. I enjoyed the other three bars immensely, so I …

Sucré Chocolates

First impressions, as they say, count. This little box of delights from New Orleans certainly made a good impression on me. The thick, mint green box made from high quality card and decorated with a ribbon is stylish and fun. …

Little Debbie Nutty Bar

This is the complete antithesis of the Hotel Chocolat collection that Simon reviewed yesterday, but it’s another sample sent to us from the manufacturer – this time, from Tennessee based McKee Foods. I’ve never heard of McKee or the Little …

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

When I first left California for foreign climes, I knew I’d miss the food I’d grown up with: tortilla chips and refried beans, hamburgers with avocado and monterey jack. What I didn’t expect was the desperate desire for candy. Reese’s …

Mackinac Chocolate Fudge

Last week I took a look at the Gourmet Truffles from Mackinac Island Fudge Shop, but now it’s time for big boys. What we have here is three large slices of chocolate flavoured Mackinac Fudge. In a nice box with …

Mackinac Fudge Gourmet Truffles

One of the things I love most about the Internet is that it lets you discover the most interesting people and places that you’d never otherwise know about. And it also lets them discover you. This week, for instance, I …

Amano Madagascar & Ocumare

A pair of wonderful artisan, bean-to-bar dark chocolates from Amano.

Hershey’s Natural Flavanol Antioxidant Milk Chocolate

This is the final product in the new Hershey’s Goodness range, and frankly, it’s a good job the other two had some redeeming features, because this one is pretty much inedible. Just like the others, the packagaing talks about how …

Hershey’s Whole Bean

Hershey’s Whole Bean is part of the Hershey’s Goodness range and positioned to promote the health benefits of chocolate. The packaging claims 7g of fibre per serving and “40% less sugar than the leading milk chocolate”. That’s a fact I …

Hershey’s All Natural Extra Dark

I’m sitting her with half a piece of Hershey’s Extra Dark 60% cacao chocolate melting in my mouth, and I still can’t decide if I like it or not. I’m delighted to report that it tastes like chocolate. With only …

Reese’s Nutrageous

Oh how I love my little local convenience shop. It may be small, but it sells absolutely everything I could ever need – and often has little unexpected surprises on the shelves. Take this for instance. We don’t often get …

Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme

Hershey’s isn’t something you come across every day here in the UK, so I thought I’d give this a try. Billed as ‘Chocolate cookie bits in white chocolate’, it sounded just what I needed on a Friday evening. The bar …
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