Chocolove’s Three Chocolate Candies

Chocolove is an American company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, that produces chocolate bars and candies using all natural ingredients and following the traditions of European chocolatiers.

ChocoloveWhat came across my desk was three packages of “nut-butter cups” — one the classic peanut-butter cup, and two made with almond butter.

Let’s start with the classic: the Peanut Butter Cup. This one is made with salted peanut butter (organic, of course) in a Belgian dark chocolate cup, 55% cocoa. It’s a fairly firm candy, with a nice blend of flavors between the chocolate and the peanut butter. There’s not much in the way of other flavors in the aftertaste — it’s really mostly peanut butter with a chocolate overlay.

Next is the Almond Butter Cup in milk chocolate, made from salted almond butter in a 33% cocoa cup. This one’s fairly chewy. The main flavor is of milk chocolate, sweet but with enough chocolate flavor that it deserves the title. The almond butter is almost lost here, except for an occasional burst of salt.

And finally, the Almond Butter Cup in dark chocolate — the same salted almond butter in a 55% cocoa cup. This one’s fairly firm and, oddly enough, the almond butter has much more presence– it blends very nicely with the chocolate for a dictinctly hybrid flavor.

These all come in packages of two .6 oz cups each; if you order from the website, they’re only available by the case. As much as I love chocolate, I don’t know if I’m ready for that, but Chocolove has recently been expanding its presence into regular grocery stores, so it might pay to check out the candy department in your local supermarket.

About Robert Tilendis

Robert M. Tilendis lives a deceptively quiet life. He has made money as a dishwasher, errand boy, legal librarian, arts administrator, shipping expert, free-lance writer and editor, and probably a few other things he’s tried very hard to forget about. He has also been a student of history, art, theater, psychology, ceramics, and dance. Through it all, he has been an artist and poet, just to provide a little stability in his life. Along about January of every year, he wonders why he still lives someplace as mundane as Chicago; it must be that he likes it there.

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