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Chocolate Monday: Sanders Favorites

Sanders fullMy gym is directly next door to Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market, which is especially convenient when I’ve forgotten an ingredient I need for dinner. Although it doesn’t happen very often, it is nice to be able to just pop next door, especially since the grocery store right around the corner from my house has gone out of business.

The only downside to Fresh Thyme is that no matter what time of day I go in that building, there is always a line at the checkout and it moves exceedingly slowly. While it does make me uncomfortable, as I am usually still sweating a bit from my workout (and I hate being smelly in public), it also gives me more than enough time to check out all the impulse buys by the register.

On a recent trip to grab the cauliflower I’d forgotten at Kroger that same morning, I was stuck behind a family who only had a few items to scan, but a lot of questions for the cashier about the prices of their items. Luckily, a few pieces of brightly colored cellophane caught my eye: I spied chocolate.

In a tiny plastic container were individual treats from Sanders Candy. I’d never heard of this company before, so I figured my overly long wait was a sign from the cocoa gods that there was a possible treasure to be discovered. I grabbed one of each chocolate to take home.

Sanders turtleFirst up was the Chocolate Pecan Tortie…in other words…a turtle. My step-mom used to be absolutely crazy about any brand of turtle. Yes, I realize that technically there is only one turtle brand of turtle, but it’s pretty much a universal term for anything chocolate, caramel and pecan that comes in a small, turtle-like shaped lump. In fact, when I was first learning to make my own chocolates, I learned how to make turtles just for her (they are amazingly simple). While everyone else in my family got a box of assorted truffles and filled candies I made, she got a box of nothing but turtles and was thrilled.

Sanders’ turtle is pretty much what you expect out of a turtle. Chocolaty, chewy and a bit crunchy. The pecans were actually fairly small, so there was just enough to get stuck in my teeth with the caramel, but not quite enough to really give it a truly nutty taste. It was a perfectly ok turtle, but nothing to write home about. Turtles have never really been one of my favorite chocolate treats, but I like them just fine. And I’d say that’s what this one was…just fine.

Sanders caramelNext up was the Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel. Sea salt caramels are an absolute favorite of mine, which is why I saved this one for last. What can I say? I’m a save the best for last kind of gal. At first glance, I didn’t see any sea salt on this chocolate at all, which was rather annoying as the picture on the package shows a few dozen shiny pieces of salt on top of the candy. It was only after I took a bite that I saw a few grains. I generally like my sea salt caramel to have a heavier dose of salt. I don’t want it to be potato chip salty, but at least enough so that every bite has a bite to it and I truly get to experience the sweet and salty.

It was chocolaty and chewy and had just a tiny hint of sea salt, but once again, it was just fine. There is nothing wrong with fine chocolate. I’d take either one of these pieces over a plain ol’ Hershey bar any day. If a student gave them to me as a gift or I got them in my Christmas stocking, I’d eat them and be ok with them. I just wouldn’t seek either of them out again. They were too much like so many other company’s versions that nothing about them stood out.

Overall:

Taste: 5/10
Appearance: 3/10
Value: 4/10 (Each piece was about .75).

 

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Wildcard Wednesday: Third Love bras

Third Love braA few weeks ago I admitted that I am an avid online shopper. In this day and age, I think most people are. However, a more guilty secret is that I am actually one of those people who sees advertisements on Facebook and buys products from them. I actually found my favorite clothing company, eshakti, this way.

Thanks to Facebook, I also discovered Third Love, a company that sells bras and panties.

I have always been a sucker for a good bra. I have a group of friends who tease each other about the amount of money we are willing to spend on certain products. One of my friends will spend outrageous sums on the “perfect” jeans. I have watched as she’s dropped $120 on a pair of jeans that she swears are the best jeans ever. I’ve actually seen her buy multiple pairs of these jeans in case something happens to the first pair. To me, this is nuts. I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $35 on jeans. I love jeans, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not overly picky about them.

One of my other friends spends gobs of money on shoes. It’s not just that she has a lot of shoes (although she does), but that it’s no problem for her to drop over $100 on a pair of boots she likes or sandals she thinks will go perfect with an outfit she has. It pains me to pay $50 for a pair of really nice dress boots. I’ve only done it once and I’d really like to never do it again.

Another friend has a real thing for purses. Fancy ones. I just don’t get it. I like my messenger type bags and while I do have a small collection of them, none of them have cost me more than a Jackson.

Before I reveal my weakness, I’d like to point out that this is not just some silly “girly” thing. My husband, who does not really give two figs for what he wears, has spent upwards of $400 on ONE card for the collectible card game he plays. He seriously puts all of my spending on clothes, chocolate, school supplies and small trinkets to SHAME. That man can spend.

Anyway, I have two items I am willing to spend exorbitant amounts on. The first is chocolate, which should surprise no one as every Monday I do a chocolate blog. The second is bras and underwear.

I am always on a quest to find the perfect bra. For most of my adult life this means shopping at Victoria’s Secret. I know a lot of people have issues with them because their bra selection gets very limited past a certain size, but I was not blessed/cursed with very large breasts, so I’ve never had trouble finding a bra that fit there. In fact, my two absolute favorite bras of all time have come from there.

Well, until now. For several months I saw the Third Love bra ad. The ad claims that their bras are so comfortable you will forget you are even wearing them. Plus, as an added incentive to buy from their company, they offer potential customers a chance to try before they buy.

For the cost of shipping ($2.99), they will send you their signature t-shirt bra. You can wear it for 30 days. You can wash it as often as you’d like. If you are not 100% satisfied with the bra, you can send it back. According to the flyer that comes with the bra, they donate all returned bras to women’s organizations across the country. If you don’t return it after 30 days, your credit card is charged $68 and the bra is yours forever.

Now, I’m willing to pay quite a bit for a comfy bra, but even for me, $68 is a bit steep. I think the most I’ve ever paid is $52. However, my favorite bra has really been showing its age (ie was so lovingly worn as it was nearly falling apart). The last bra I’d purchased from Victoria’s Secret is that comfy, so I decided to throw caution to the wind and try it.

It is a damn comfy bra. This is the first bra I’ve had in YEARS that has not had issues with gaping between my breasts and the cups. This bra has absolutely no gaps. The website claims that the straps don’t slip, which is another major issue I’ve always had with bras, no matter how much I adjust the straps. While I can’t say that in the nearly 30 days I’ve had this bra a strap has never slipped at all, I can only think of twice that it has happened, as opposed to the twice every few minutes with a few of my other bras.

The only downside to this bra is that it’s not a push up bra, which is what I usually wear. However, I knew it wasn’t going to be one before I ordered. The try before you buy deal is for the classic t-shirt bra. Third Love does have several push up bras and I have looked at them all.

It’s been nearly 30 days and I have no intentions of returning my new bra. In fact, I have every intention of trying one of their push up bras. I should probably just go ahead and order it now.

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Chocolate Monday: World Market Dark Chocolate with Fig Pistachio Filling

fig and pistachio whole barOne of the many reasons I love when my best friend comes to town is that she gives me a good excuse to go to stores that I love, but don’t often go to. World Market is a perfect example. Although there is a store located about 20 minutes from my house, it’s in another town and about the only time I go up there is when my kids have swimming. Since swimming nights are always such a rush, we really don’t have time to just pop into World Market to browse. Especially not when my kids love it and always ask for, well, just about everything. Trying to convince my daughter that she does not, in fact, need a bottle opener, even if it is shaped like a monkey, can be difficult.

But when my best friend wanted to go, it was the perfect chance to get out of the house and visit a favorite store.

Although I love the fun furniture and housewares at WM, my favorite part of going is always checking out the food aisles. I love all the international offerings as well as the funky, fun snacks they always have.

And I simply adore their chocolate selection. No visit to World Market is complete unless my basket has at least half a dozen different types of chocolate in it. On this particular trip I found a few tasty looking new treats to try.

fig and pistachio wrapperThe first one I grabbed was a World Market brand dark chocolate bar with fig pistachio filling. Although I am not a huge dark chocolate fan, I am trying to expand my horizons and find more dark chocolate I enjoy. Buying dark chocolate is always a risk for me. If it is paired with something super tart, like raspberry or lemon, I generally enjoy it. However, when it is paired with merely sweet or nutty flavors, I am often not a huge fan. Although neither figs nor pistachios are particularly tart, I love them both, so I figured this might be a risk worth taking.

The chocolate itself has the usual bitterness of dark chocolate. It is not so dark that I cannot eat it, but it is dark enough that I wouldn’t want to eat more than a small square of it on its own. The filling, which is supposed to be a mix of figs and pistachio has a very slight sweetness to it, which does offset the dark chocolate, but only very mildly. The filling has the grittiness of figs, but I had real trouble tasting any pistachio in it. There is a very slight creaminess to it that reminds me a teeny tiny bit of pistachios, but I’m not sure if that’s really there or if I’m trying to make some sort of connection.

fig and pistachio close upI gave my husband a square of the bar as well. He is the biggest pistachio fan I’ve ever met (he once even owned a pet chameleon named Pistachio). Without even a word from me, he commented, “Well, I can kind of taste the fig, but I don’t taste any pistachio.” My husband is not really a chocoholic, but he does like dark chocolate more than I do. He liked the piece but said he couldn’t eat an entire bar. Neither could I.

My kids both really liked it, but they also go gaga over plain ol’ Hershey bars and those cheap gold coins Santa leaves them in their stockings each year. My son has also eaten chocolate covered insects, so I’m not sure his love of it is quite the ringing endorsement it may initially seem.

Overall:

Taste: 4/10 (the flavors were too subtle for me)
Appearance: 6/10 (the packaging was very pretty and the bar was appetizing)
Value: 4/10 (the bar is about $4 for two servings, but I know I won’t eat any more of it)

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Chocolate Monday: David’s Tea “Just Peachy” tea-infused chocolate bar

David's Tea close upIt took my most of my adult life to start liking tea. My step-dad loved cheap old Lipton iced tea, so we always had it in the house. Try as I might, I couldn’t stand the smell of it, much less the taste.

I tried tea again in high school, this time at the insistence of one of my best friends. I was losing my voice and we had a big show choir concert coming up, so she made me hot tea with honey. I choked it down…and I am not exaggerating, it was a struggle to drink it. Plus, when one cup didn’t magically cure me, I stopped trying it and went back to lozenges and Chloraseptic.

In college one of my boyfriends was addicted to a Chinese buffet place. Although I have never been an enthusiastic eater of Chinese food,* he could eat it almost daily. So, we compromised on once every few weeks, which meant way more time than I would have liked in that buffet line. I did, however, like the sugar donuts. I also took another chance on tea because it was free and we were broke. This time it was green tea and I found that if I dumped enough sugar in it, I could actually stand the taste of it. Of course, enough sugar was usually three packets in that tiny little cup, so I pretty much voided any potential health benefits from it.

A few years later, during another bout with illness, a friend brought me some peppermint tea and again, with the help of my friend sugar, I could not only drink it, but actually like it. It became my new cold/sore throat aid.

It wasn’t until I went on my super big diet in my late 20’s (when I lost 50 lbs), that I actually learned to like tea. I had to give up all sugary drinks and even though I still hate coffee to this day, giving up drink calories meant basically giving up my spiced chai lattes. I had to find an alternative and it came in the form of tea. Of course, since I had cut out most of my sugar, I added a bit of Splenda instead, and viola! I liked tea.

I am now a bit of a tea fiend, usually going through at least two travel mug-sized servings a day. Which means I spend a lot of time in tea stores.

david's tea packageAnd it is this time spent in tea stores that brought me to my latest find: David’s Tea’s tea-infused chocolate bars.

I first stumbled into the store after a visit to their competitor Teavana. I had no idea the mall I was at had two tea stores, but I needed a Godiva fix and David’s Tea opened up a mere two shops down from my chocolate mecca. Since the new tea shop was on my way to Godiva and it was full of bright, eye-popping colors AND they were offering free tea samples, I had to stop in.

I’m glad I did, because I fell in LOVE with their teas. When I was paying for my first batch of tea, I couldn’t help but notice the equally brightly colored boxes of chocolate right next to the register. I didn’t grab one then. After all, I had to make sure I liked the tea first, but I definitely looked at all the flavors.

I’ve been eyeing these bars ever since. Finally, on a recent trip, I noticed this peachy chocolate on sale and I figured what the heck. I might as well try it. I happen to really love peach flavored tea. I’ve never really had any peach flavored chocolate before, but I also love peaches, so I thought it might be an undiscovered gem.

David's tea full barThe bar is pretty thick. It’s separated into five distinct segments, each with the name of the tea shop on it. It’s not particularly interesting to look at. The back has a few little “bumps” where I assume peach or tea bits are, but for the most part it is pretty smooth. The chocolate itself doesn’t smell very peachy.

At first I didn’t get much of a peach flavor either. It’s definitely got a creamy milk chocolate texture. Letting it slowly dissolve in my mouth gave me a vague hint of peach, but nothing too grabbing. With the next bite I decided to really just bite into it. When I did, got a burst of peach that tasted not so much like a fresh summer peach, but exactly like a mug of peach tea, which has been slightly sweetened (these days I sweeten with Stevia). That’s when I noticed the gritty texture of actual tea leaves in the chocolate. It was a bit unsettling at first. After all, it sort of remind me of chewing on a twig, but once I got over that, I enjoyed it.

Subsequent bites were not quite as infused with peach flavor. It seems the peach tea portions are spread out so that for the most part it was creamy chocolate with just the tiniest hint of peach and then BOOM! full peach tea flavor.

It was definitely a unique tasting experience and I’m glad I tried it. I really want to try their milk chocolate macaroon bar as their chocolate macaroon tea is one of my absolute favorites. If the bar really has the flavor of the tea the way this peachy one does, I’m guessing it’ll be quite good.

Overall:

Taste: 7/10
Appearance: 5/10
Value: 8/10 (this bar was on sale for half price, so it was only $3, which is a good price for quality chocolate. At full value I’d give it a 6/10)

*I know I sound really picky here, but honestly, aside from Chinese food and lima beans, there’s not much I try to avoid. And I will eat Chinese food, it’s just never my go to and I always feel I could have eaten something tastier, like Thai food or Japanese food. I’ll also eat lima beans if they are in something…like soup. On their own those beans are dead to me.

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Chocolate Monday: Co Co Sala

Coco closeThis might be my last post about my DC trip, which I’ll admit makes me a bit sad. While I only spent four days there, they were four really fun days. On our last morning in town, just hours before our plane was to depart, my best friend and I took one more rather purposeful stroll around town. On our very first day, while waiting for our DC friend to wake up, we spent a few hours walking around and doing some light shopping. As part of our walking adventure, we stumbled on a chocolate shop. Sadly, it was closed when we first passed by, but we thought we’d give it one more try before we headed home.

This time it was open, so we headed in to Co Co Sala. It wasn’t until I got back home and actually looked up the company online that I realized it was not only a chocolate boutique but also a full fledged restaurant, complete with some pretty amazing sounding desserts. It’s probably better for my waistline that I didn’t know this because I think we might have just had dessert for dinner one night.

The boutique itself was pretty spartan. There were only a small handful of their signature chocolates on display in the front case. Most of them were dark pieces, so I wasn’t instantly excited about them. The two pieces I was interested in were out of stock. Behind them was a shelf of their Co Co Bars. There were only five to pick from in the store, although their website offers 9. That day my choices were: dark, milk, blonde, Some More (s’more) and Dulcey Pearl. Looking at the website, I really wish the Frankly, My Dear bar would have been in stock because it seems right up my alley.

CoCo full with beadsAlthough I usually love anything s’more inspired, since it was dark chocolate, I decided to try the Dulcey Pearl bar. The three different types of chocolate “pearls” really made this bar appeal to me. I also liked that the descriptive card said it was “An elegant blond chocolate bar reminiscent of dulce de leche.” I love dulce de leche, so I figured this one was a good risk.

Despite being a “blond” bar, this one does not have the overly sweet taste that often comes with white chocolate. I like white chocolate in moderation, but find that far too many of white chocolate bars have an overly sweet, almost artificial taste to them. This bar does not. It does have slight undertones of caramel, but they are only the vaguest hint. Mostly, this bar is just super creamy and quite delightful. I like the added little crisp from the “pearls.” They don’t really alter the taste much, but they give the bar a fun texture. Sort of like eating a “crispy” bar, but without the constant crisp, which allows for a smoother, creamier texture.

CoCo with nameI also think the bar was attractive to look at. Not only was the front of it fun with all of those little pearls and the simple, but attractive logo, but the back was also enticing. Although it was simply a bigger version of the logo, I though the cluster of pearls at the top was cute. The packaging is simple and elegant. I think it would make a lovely gift.

After trying this bar, I definitely wish Co Co Sala had had a few more offerings that morning we popped into the shop. I know the next time I make it to DC, I will definitely pop in not just for another bar (or two), but also to try some of their food, especially their desserts.

Overall:

Taste: 9/10
Appearance: 9/10
Value: 7/10 (although it is tasty, at $10 a bar, it is still a bit pricey)

 

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Chocolate Monday: DeBrand’s Tart Raspberry Tasting Bar

full debrandsIt gets really hard to deny that you have a chocolate addiction when you find yourself asking for chocolate for your birthday.

Who am I kidding? I’m not really trying to hide the fact. I have, in fact, asked for chocolate on several birthdays…and Christmases…and anniversaries…and Flag days…and, well, you get the picture. What can I say, I’m a simple girl. I don’t need expensive jewelry. I don’t want a closet full of shoes. I delight in school supplies and truly tasty cocoa treats.

That’s why this year for my birthday, I took out the recently arrived DeBrand’s chocolate catalog, circled several different items I’d love to have and handed it to my husband. I know to some people this might seem rude, but my husband is generally bad about picking up hints and really prefers me to just flat out tell him what I want. He enjoys getting me what I really want and I enjoy getting what I really want. He does the exact same thing for me. Anytime he sees something he really wants he sends me a link, so that when a birthday, anniversary or Christmas approaches, I go through my Facebook Messages and start ordering.

DeBrand Fine Chocolate is a fairly new find of mine. Last year, after writing a series of college and scholarship recommendation letters for one of my seniors, she got me a 14 piece box of their Classic Collection to thank me. It is a well-known fact in my classroom that I am a chocoholic. Students often bring in exotic chocolates they find for me to try. There is also an ongoing joke about how many different types of chocolate I have stashed in my classroom cabinet (the record, if you are curious, was 10 different types).

I fell in love with pretty much every piece in this collection. Even their mocha cream, which is usually my nemesis in any box of chocolate, was pretty tasty. I was equally amazed at how much I liked the gourmet PB&J piece. I have had exactly one PB&J sandwich in my life (my freshmen year of college) and did not care for it in the least. As a result, despite my love of peanut butter, I usually stay far away from anything PB&J flavored. DeBrand’s version, however, was tasty. It’s really hard for me to name a favorite in this collection as I really liked so many of them. The salted peanut butter, strawberry rhubarb caramel, raspberry and cream, caramelly coconut and vanilla buttercream are all top contenders. If you get the chance, I highly suggest you try this collection. It gets a A++++++ rating from me.

debrand's packagingFor my birthday, however, what I really wanted was to try some of their Tasting Bars. Despite circling several items in the catalog I would have been thrilled with, after all these years, my husband either really knows me or got really lucky, because he got me a nice selection of them. Knowing that I am more of a milk chocolate gal, he got me the Hazelnut Sea Salt Crisp bar, The Very Cherry bar, the Sweet Potato Pie bar, the Pina Colada bar and the Tart Red Raspberry bar.

 

Even though the Tart Red Raspberry bar is dark chocolate, I have a passion for any kind of chocolate combined with raspberries. My absolute favorite chocolate on the planet (to date) is Godiva’s raspberry cordials. I am still bitter they no longer are sold individually in the display case, especially since they are nearly impossible to find. So even though this bar did not offer the ooey-gooey promise of a cordial, I was hoping it would live up to the TART portion of its name.

Oh my goodness does it!

Debrand's up closeI LOVE this bar! I cannot stress enough how great I think it is. Even though it has the slight bitterness of dark chocolate, it is so flooded with tiny pieces of amazingly tart raspberries that I don’t even care. Just like the Godiva cordial, I can completely ignore the dark chocolate and simply love, love, love on this bar. Ok, so that’s not quite true. There is no denying the dark chocolate. And for those of you who actually prefer dark chocolate, don’t worry, the taste of the dark chocolate is not lost. Not even for a minute. However, it is so perfectly balanced by the raspberry that I, an avouched dark chocolate hater, LOVE it! Just glancing at the picture you can see how this bar is packed full of tart raspberry goodness.

As much as I loved this bar, believe it or not, it is actually not my favorite of the bars I tried. That honor goes to the Very Cherry. Since it is mixed with both dark and milk chocolate, any hint of bitterness evaporates. It is actually the perfect blend for me. However that bar was gone long before I started writing my blog again, so I decided to focus on this one instead.

If you are a chocolate fan and have not yet tried DeBrand, I highly recommend them. I was not quite as impressed with their truffles, but they are HUGE truffles. And they are definitely tasty, just not as tasty as their Tasting Bars, Classic Collection or Connoisseur Collection.

Overall:
Taste: 10/10
Appearance: 9/10
Value: 9/10 (each bar is $7.25, which is pricey, but they are delicious. And although the label says they are 3 servings a piece, they more easily break into 4 servings. When you compare that to the cost of 4 truffles, these bars are a value).

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Chocolate Monday: The Best Chocolate in Town, seasonal selections

Best Chocolate in Town box.jpgOne of my favorite things about visits with my best friend is that she is an amazing shopping partner. I can’t say perfect because she always wants to spend just a little more time in any store than I do. Since she moved to a smallish town in Georgia four years ago, her shopping choices have been somewhat limited, so every time she comes to visit, we spend hours shopping. Trips to Anthropologie, her favorite store, can be a bit brutal because she looks at EVERY SINGLE ITEM in the store. Sometimes twice. She also tries on just about everything she looks at because she knows it will be 6 months to a year until she’ll get to do it again.

These shopping trips also mean trips to fun little local places for homemade jewelry, quirky cards and posters and general oddities found a bit off the beaten path. It was during one of these fun side trips to Homespun on her recent visit that we had a chance not only to pick up fake pixelated Harry Potter pins and really cool Wonder Woman style wristlets with tigers on them, but also a glance into another local store with handmade wares: The Best Chocolate in Town.

Since we had time to kill and a need not only to satisfy our sweet tooths, but also to bribe my children who had to come on this retail excursion with us, we skipped across the street for a taste (or a dozen).

I’ve been to TBCiT before. Now, I think the name is a bit of a misnomer. I’ve had far better chocolate in this town. However, they are a local chocolate shop that also promotes other local small businesses like Lick ice cream and Gelato Da Vinci, so I think it is important to support them as well. It didn’t hurt that not only could I get a dozen interesting truffles (there are about 50 truffle flavors at the store), but my best friend and I could also get some amazing lemon curd gingersnap ice cream to split after the kids went to bed.

BCiT seasonal trufflesAlthough I did get the lovely package of 12 truffles featured in the picture at the top of this post, for this review I decided to focus on the four truffles from their seasonal collection. Their seasonal collection seems to be quite spicy since it includes chai tea, raspberry hibiscus, ginger wasabi, barbeque, dreamsicle, strawberry rhubarb, cherry chipotle and buffalo flavored truffles. I decided on two spicy and two sweet.

These truffles are fairly big. They are about double the size of the average Godiva truffle. There is no way to eat this big boys in a single bite (not that I can really do that with Godiva either, but I’ve seen it done). In fact, unlike other truffle companies, the idea of eating more than one in a sitting is a bit daunting.

buffalo truffleFirst up for me was the buffalo truffle. I am still not sure what drew me to this one. I think it really had to be the shear oddity of someone deciding to pair any sort of buffalo flavor with chocolate. Sure, I’ve had chocolate and chilies before, but chocolate and hot wings? That’s, well, strange. However, I simply adore nearly everything buffalo flavored. Aside from hot wings themselves, my favorite road trip food would have to be Blue Buffalo Combos. I also greatly enjoy a variety of buffalo flavored chips and crackers. So this truffle had to be right up my alley, right? No…no it wasn’t. I really liked the the look of the candy. The sprinkling of chili powder on the top was cute. I even really like that the inside of this piece has a slight orange color to it. Visually it gives me the idea of hot wings dipped in blue cheese. But, once it hit my palette, it was just too sweet. There was no real spicy punch to it. The white chocolate was artificially sweet in a way I do not appreciate. I couldn’t finish it so I gave the second half to my kids. My daughter liked it, but my son thought it was just ok.

I had slightly higher hopes for my second truffle: chai tea. Chai happens to be my absolute favorite drink to get at any coffee shop. Since it generally  has a spicy pumpkin flavor to it, it usually blends well with chocolate. I’ve had few chai chocolate combos I have not enjoyed. The cinnamon powder on the top of the truffle is strong and spicy. The chocolate inside is creamy and has just a slight hint of cinnamon and cardamom. It’s not overpowering in any way, just sweet, simply and pretty good. I also shared this one, not because I didn’t want it, but because after offering them half of the buffalo truffle, they were now circling me like vultures, just hoping for some scraps. My son said this one was “way better.” My daughter just said, “yum!”

I’m a “save the best for last” kinda gal, so the third truffle I tried in this seasonal collection was the cherry chipotle. Much like the buffalo truffle, I was hesitant on this one. One one hand, I ADORE just about anything cherry. On the other, I have been burned by chili in chocolate before. Yeah, yeah, I know, bad pun. But, I loved the jaunty little dried cherry on top of this piece, so I had to try it. Unlike the buffalo truffle, this one did not really have an overly sweet flavor to it. Also unlike the buffalo truffle, I could feel a bit of heat in this one. Right at the back of my throat I got the taste of chili. A teeny, tiny bit of burn. On the first bite, however, I didn’t get much cherry, which was a disappointment. However, the second bite, which was pure truffle filling did have a slightly, sweet, slightly tart taste of cherry to it. The chili was still the dominant flavor, but there was far more balance to this piece. The more bites I took, and it did take me five bites to finish (granted, one was VERY small), the more the spice built and the more I liked it. One is definitely my limit though…that burns stays with you!

BCiT strawberry truffleMy last truffle was also a white chocolate one, which given the overly sweet nature of the buffalo truffle had me concerned. However, I love the tartness that usually accompanies anything strawberry rhubarb, so I risked it. I first fell in love with strawberry rhubarb pie when I was 10. My aunt and uncle were part of the local farmer’s grange association and had volunteered to work in their food building. That’s right, the grange was such a part of the fair that they had their own, permanent building to sell food from. I was allowed to eat anything I wanted, so I grabbed a piece of strawberry rhubarb pie. A culinary friendship was formed.

This particular version of one of my favorites has a really thick white chocolate shell and white chocolate is the only taste I got on my first bite. It was a slightly less sweet, far creamier taste than my buffalo truffle, so I didn’t mind too much. The center was mildly sweet, but lacked the tart rhubarb usually provides. Honestly, the biggest taste with this truffle was the very, very thick white chocolate base. I actually took the picture of the truffle upside down just so you could see how thick the white chocolate is. Sadly, this was a disappointing truffle.

Overall:

Taste: 4/10
Appearance: 8/10
Value: 5/10 (at $2.25 a truffle, they are only a little more expensive than Godiva, but there’s about twice as much truffle).

 

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