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Ritter Sport: Two Limited Edition Candies, Raspberry Creme and Buttermilk Lemon

As you will remember, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG is a major German chocolatier and candy manufacturer. I happen to have recently received two of their Limited Edition candies for review — which means, sadly, that I wasn’t allowed … Continue reading

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Stork’s Toffifay

I remember being a kid and seeing Toffifay. It looked so elegant, so grown-up. Now this was a classy candy, obviously made for ADULTS, thought Little Me. Naturally, I had to try it. And I loved it. But I seldom … Continue reading

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Taza Chocolate’s Guajillo Chili Discs

There are lots of tastes that taste great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Buttered popcorn and champagne. (Seriously, try it.) And, of course, chocolate and licorice. But there’s one that doesn’t get enough love here in the States, and that’s … Continue reading

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Boozy chocolate trifle

This dessert is highly alcoholic. And huge: the finished recipe weighs about 8 pounds, not counting the heavy glass trifle bowl, without which it really isn’t worth doing. I developed it after reading, yes, way too many English novels and … Continue reading

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RJ’s Licorice Choc Twists

On a recent vacation (or “holiday”) trip in New Zealand’s South Island, we were doing some grocery shopping before hitting the road for our next destination. We’d already picked up a couple of bags of Cadbury Jaffas to take home … Continue reading

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Ritter Sport Golden Edition, Milk Chocolate Squares

I have another (huge) bar of chocolate from Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG of Germany, a major chocolatier. This one is the Ritter Sport Golden Edition Milk Chocolate Squares, and when I say “huge”, I mean just that: It’s … Continue reading

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Nidar’s Troika

Troika is one of those candies that comes only in Norwegian — the label is in Norwegian, the web site is in Norwegian, and so on. Nidar is one of three companies that consolidated to form Orkla Confectionary and Snacks … Continue reading

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Russell Stover’s Fine Assorted 2 ounce pack

Little boxes of chocolates.  They look so lovely. And with only four pieces per pack, hiding the evidence of a binge is easy-peasy.  So when I received a wee box of Russell Stover, I couldn’t wait to dig in. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Alas Poor Ginger, Wherefore Art Thou: Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

I’m very fond of crystallized ginger, and accordingly I am substantially less fond of the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger, whose ginger to “rich dark chocolate” ratio is weighted in chocolate’s favor to the point that the ginger is … Continue reading

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Justin’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I’m not really into milk chocolate.  And by “not really into”, I mean I avoid it like the plague.  Too many bad memories of dusty tasting mass-produced stuff stuck into my Halloween sack back in the day. Give me good … Continue reading

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Whole Foods Market’s Organic Dark Chocolate Bar

The Whole Foods web page for this product provides very little information, except for the essentials: 72% cacao, and the ingredients: organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, and organic cocoa butter, with the usual warning that it may contain tree … Continue reading

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Mast Sea Salt Chocolate

Lately, sea salt is in everything I adore. Caramels, brittle, toffee, peanut butter cups.  And, of course, chocolate bars. When I was given a bar of Mast, I figured it’d be the same ol’ same ol; a chocolate bar that … Continue reading

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Ghirardelli’s White Chocolate Premium Baking Bar

I’m sure just about everyone has heard of Ghirardelli Chocolate, one of the best-known chocolatiers in the U.S., if not the world. Looking at the history, it appears that the company was not founded so much as it evolved, although … Continue reading

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Godiva’s Dark Chocolate Almond bar

Ah, Godiva. I remember when I found out about you.  I was in high school, and your golden boxes called out to me. Mmm, those “Dark Lion of Belgium” pieces, with the carmel so soft it oozed out of the … Continue reading

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Lindt’s Lindor Milk Chocolate Truffle Eggs

Lindt (more formally Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG) is a Swiss chocolatier founded in 1845 and known for, among other things, its chocolate truffles. If you go to their website, you can find information on a whole range of their … Continue reading

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Chuao Chocolatier’s Chocolate Bars with All the Add-ins

Here in America we like our add-ins, ice cream and candy full of other candy, nuts, random sweets, and sometimes savories. Chuao (pronounced Chew-WOW) has a shelf-load of such, chocolate bars with all the goodies, created by Venezuelan chef Michael … Continue reading

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Stonewall Kitchen Dark Chocolate Chili Cinnamon and Nibs Bar

I’ve never reviewed a chocolate bar before and I will, furthermore, confess a shameful love for plain Hershey’s bars that dates back to the time my grandmother was first left with me unattended and violated my mother’s up-to-that-point successful “no … Continue reading

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Chocolat Frey’s Chocobloc 72% Dark with Honey-Almond Nougat

Chocolat Frey AG was founded in 1887, and is presently the number one chocolate in the Swiss retail market. Like all good chocolatiers these days, Frey is environmentally and socially conscious, which extends not only to its procurement of raw … Continue reading

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Lindt’s Excellence Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt

We are no strangers here to Lindt chocolates, and it’s generally a happy association — on our part, at least. The latest example of Lindt’s chocolates to cross my desk is a new flavor in their “Excellence” line — dark … Continue reading

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Lindt Excellence Roasted Hazelnut Dark

Dark chocolate!  How lovely. Breakfast of champions, some may say.  Well, I say that all the time, so I think that counts.  Toss in some “heart-healthy” hazelnuts, and I’ll live forever, right?  Don’t answer that. But in my quest to … Continue reading

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Taza’s Coconut Almond Chocolate Bar

This is my second encounter with Taza’s stone-ground chocolate, this one a bar with 80% cacao, with coconut and almond. Needless to say, everything is organic. (To refresh your memory, Taza is an American company headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, that … Continue reading

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

Champagne 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 … Continue reading

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Dick Taylor’s Craft Chocolate’s Belize and Toledo single origin bar

Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor are a couple of former boat builders in the Northern California port city of Eureka. They’ve turned their efforts now to crafting high-quality chocolate, and they’re doing an excellent job. They’re making bean-to-bar chocolate bars … Continue reading

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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. What came across my desk was three packages of “nut-butter cups” — one the … Continue reading

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Trader Joe’s Boozy Little Chocolate Truffles

Trader Joe’s Assortment of Boozy Little Chocolate Truffles seems to be a seasonal item, which is possibly why they’re not listed on the Trader Joe’s website, which in turn is why I’m not able to provide any background information. Trader … Continue reading

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Taza Chocolate’s Mexican-Style Stone-Ground Super Dark

In spite of the name, Taza is an American company manufacturing, among other things, Mexican-style stone-ground chocolate. Yes, that’s just what it says: the chocolate, from organically grown cacao, is ground between mill stones. Founder Alex Whitmore first ran across … Continue reading

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Alter Eco Dark Blackout 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bar

“I’m sending you some chocolate.” – has there ever been a more wonderful message? “It’s 85% cocoa.” – maybe not so much?  I don’t like dark chocolate over 75%. That’s what I’d tell people. All of the chocolate I’d had over … Continue reading

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Vivani’s Organic Dark Chocolate Espresso

In spite of the name, Vivani Organic Dark Chocolate Espresso is made by a German company, Ludwig Weinrich GmbH, which been in the business of producing fine chocolates for a century. Like so many contemporary confectioners, Weinrich uses only organic … Continue reading

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Sirius Konsum’s Chocolate & Lakkris

I absolutely adore black licorice.  Wasn’t always so.  I used to turn my nose up at it when I was Trick-or-Treating age, and my father gleefully took the offensive items out of my bag and sighed with happiness at each … Continue reading

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Zotter’s Labooko Peru ‘Criollo Cuvée’ 82% chocolate bar

I received this bar, which came in a two-pack, as a gift. It’s some of the best dark chocolate I’ve had in ages. It’s made by the Austrian firm Zotter, which  makes organic fair trade bean-to-bar chocolates. They makes tons … Continue reading

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Cadbury Chocolate’s Milk Chocolate with Roasted Almonds & Royal Dark Bars

Cadbury, currently the second largest confectionery manufacturer in the world (behind Mars-Wrigley) has been in the business of making candy for quite some time. Founded in 1824, the company originally focused on beverages – coffee, tea and drinking chocolate. Chocolate … Continue reading

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Baylee’s Best Chocolates

I suspected these chocolates would be good when my dog tried to grab them before I could sample them. Even through a manila envelope and padding, apparently, Baylee’s Best Chocolates are powerfully attractive to a sensitive nose. On opening the tooth-dented box, … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Chocolate

The best hot chocolate I ever had was not in Paris, though some Parisians I know would be very upset to hear that. And honestly, there’s a lot to be said for sitting at a cafe on the Bastille, sipping … Continue reading

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Dagoba Chocolates: Dagoba Hazelnut, Dagoba Dark Chocolate and Dagoba Xocolatl

You could think of Ashland, Oregon as the home of Southern Oregon University, of the beloved Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and of the Ashland Peach, which was deemed a huge success at the 1893 World’s Fair. Or you might think of … Continue reading

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Lillie Belle Farms’ Purple Haze 75% Bean To Bar Dark Chocolate

Never open a review with a cliche, right? Well, rules are made to be broken, so … I know they say you can’t judge a book by its cover. Turns out you also can’t judge a chocolate by its wrapper. … Continue reading

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Reece’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and other ones as well

You got your chocolate in my peanut butter! You got your peanut butter in my chocolate! —Reece’s Peanut Butter commercial Admit it, you’ve got a guilty pleasure or two. We all do. Maybe it’s greasy burgers from the dive joint … Continue reading

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Taza Chocolate: Chocolate Mexicano Discs

I am always skeptical about companies who refer to the ancient traditions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the health benefits they derived from chocolate. Those people didn’t make their chocolate drink with a sweetener, and invariably the … Continue reading

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Kopali Organics’ Chocolate Covered Bananas

Founded in Costa Rica in 2004, Kopali Organics seeks to provide access to global markets for small-scale farmers who are growing crops in a healthy and natural manner, eschewing pesticides and needless destruction of the local environment. The company has … Continue reading

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Dean’s Sweets’ Chocolates from Portland

Portland seems to me one of the quintessential New England seacoast towns. With its long streets of red masonry buildings and its quirky alleyways, coffeeshops, and squares, it’s a fine place to spend a wandering day. It makes sense to … Continue reading

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Chocolove’s Raspberries in Dark Chocolate, Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate and Toffee & Almonds in Milk Chocolate

According to the Chocolove site, “Chocolove started as the classic entrepreneur story – a dream, a garage, extended credit card debt and loans from friends and family.” Founder Timothy Moley is described as “a tall and slightly eccentric man, [who] … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Toll House cookies

Oh ymmm! Mrs. Ware and her staff just made Toll House cookies. Well sort of. But I’ll get to that later. The chocolate chip cookie as we know it was accidentally developed by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930. The name … Continue reading

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Lindt Excellence: Three Chocolates

Lindt Excellence: 90% Cocoa Supreme Dark Lindt Excellence: Intense Orange Lindt Excellence: Intense Mint The latest treat to cross my desk was a package of chocolate bars from Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli, who have been doing this since 1845. … Continue reading

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Amano Artisan Chocolate’s Amano Artisan Chocolate: Montanya, Guayas & Madagascar bars

 I can only speak for myself as a chocolate addict, but I loosely categorize chocolate into three general categories: cheap chocolate to be scarfed as needed, mid-grade chocolate that’s to be enjoyed more slowly . . . and then there’s the really … Continue reading

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