Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company’s No 3 – Dark Strawberry Champagne Truffle Bar

6733A68C-F746-473E-B3B6-B2BF78E26C7BChampagne and chocolate is definitely a treat.  Add some strawberries, and I’m in heaven.  (Please don’t add chocolate to those strawberries though; inevitably both end up soggy.)

So a bar that combines three of my favorite things should be a sure wind, right?  Well, sort of.

The chocolate is definitely a wonder to behold. 54% cocoa, with a gorgeous shine and nice snap when it’s broken. Here, each square is a “truffle”. Usually, I break open  bars like these and all the goods spill out of the squares. But CCC manages to engineer their bar so nothing leaks out. And as I tend to crush candy bars, if I can break this bar and not mess it up, it’s solid.

Definitely a strawberry taste when you hit the filling. But think of this as the kind of jammy flavor you’d get on a piece of toast, instead of a straight spoonful. This strawberry blends with the dark chocolate, sometimes taking the lead without being too cloying. In fact, the chocolate itself seems to have a touch of the berry as well. I didn’t get the champagne vibe here…but I have been knocking back several glasses of bubbly, so perhaps a mere hint of the stuff sailed by my taste buds.

As with the caramels, this bar is delicious, but it has a sweetness that doesn’t make me want more, but instead has me stopping myself from going beyond a single piece. The strawberry may not be overkill, but the total amount of sweetness is. Instead of being happy, I feel over-sugared. This is a bar that could have used a touch of sea salt – better still, some chili – to balance it.

Mix this up with plainer or spicier bar if you’re looking for a real chocolate throwdown. But if you just want a quick hit, a square or two will definitely make your inner chocolate monster happy.

 

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Denise Kitashima Dutton has been a reviewer since 2003, and hopes to get the hang of things any moment now. She believes that bluegrass is not hell in music form, and that beer is better when it’s a nitro pour. Besides GMR, you can find her at Atomic Fangirl, Movie-Blogger.com, or at that end seat at the bar, multi-tasking with her Kindle.