Episode 23: Bakery Nouveau & Madre Horchata Bar

Another round from the Northwest Chocolate Festival! Sooner or later I think you’ll be seeing a whole slew of varieties from this event – the companies were very kind and gave us so many samples. Not only that, they’re really good! Let’s check out two more!

Bakery Nouveau -United States

We want to be best friends with the guy who gave us these. Seriously. Both varieties we sampled were top notch and just extraodinary!

Check them out here – http://bakerynouveau.com/

Kit – 5 out of 5

Hans – 5 out of 5

Madre Chocolate Horchata – United States (Hawaii)

Dairy free bar with horchata flavor. Leaps and bounds closer to horchata than the last one we tried.

Kit – 4 out of 5

Hans – 3 out of 5

 

Episode 20: Eating Dolphins & Broken Glass

References throughout about our love for the meat of the dolphin and our enjoyment of the concept of broken glass. Enjoy this episode with a loved one in between your harpooning sessions!

Theo Root Beer Barrel 55% Dark Chocolate – United States

An interesting mashup of broken up candy root beer barrels and slightly dark chocolate.

Theo Chocolate – https://amzn.to/2Orx6Gc

Kit – 3 1/2 out of 5

Hans – 4 out of 5

Dolfin Dark Chocolate With Shortbread & Guerande – Belgium

I guess we got the idea that it contained sea salt from somewhere in the aether, but who knows. Either way, it gave us both poo-poo faces which we really don’t care for.

Dolfin Chocolate – https://amzn.to/2quu3DD

Kit – 1 out of 5

Hans – 1 out of 5

Episode 18: Jimmie Stix & Tony’s Choco Lonely

Here’s a couple more we found at Cost Plus World Market nearby Jinya Ramen in Bellevue, Washington. I still have the receipt in our chocolate storage vessel – $70 on chocolate. Debauchery!

Tony’s Choco Lonely Milk Chocolate – Belgium

If you like milk chocolate, this is where it’s at. We agree that this doesn’t have the fun of crisps or anything else but for a straight milk chocolate, it’s the bomb.

Tony’s Choco Lonely – https://amzn.to/2yM1s1a

Kit – 4 out of 5

Hans – 3.5 out of 5

Boyer Jimmie Stix – United States

Dry. Plus, it’s dry. Pretzel, funky peanut butter. Chocolate. With more dry. Meh.

Jimmie Stix – https://amzn.to/2RwSMTi

Kit –  0 out of 5

Hans – 1 out of 5

Episode 16: Eton Mess Pudding Bar & Nestle Lion Bar

We went out for ramen and it was great. Then we waltzed over to a Cost Plus World Market and found that they had chocolate bars. $70 and a lot f guilt later, here we are. Going in, I think these are both British bars. Let’s get to it.

Montezuma’s Chocolates Eton Mess Pudding Bar – United Kingdom

Strawberry flavor was almost raisin like and meringue bits were much like Violet Crumble/honeycomb. Some bitterness there.

Get ’em here – http://bit.ly/etonmesspuddingbar

Kit – 2 out of 5 stars

Hans –  3 out of 5 stars

Get ’em here – http://bit.ly/etonmesspuddingbar

Nestle Lion Bar – United Kingdom

A ‘busy bar’ with wafer and rice crisps… Nice chew to it and we were enthused.

Nestle Lion Bar – https://amzn.to/2Obk9Ao

Kit – 4.5 out of 5

Hans – 4.5 out of 5

Episode 15: Everyburger & Dark Chocolate Brazils

Well hey look – it’s Andy! This is his very first appearance on The Chocolate Break and he did an excellent job; watch him weave his magic…

Bourbon Everyburger Burger Shaped Cookies – Japan

A Japanese company called Bourbon making hamburger shaped little chocolate cookies. What the hell?! Thank the Scissors of Hope for their true cuts. Weird – they don’t taste like bourbon or burgers. But they do taste good.

Get your Everyburgers here – http://bit.ly/everyburger

Andy –  3.5 out of 5

Hans – 3 1/2 out of 5

Beech’s Fine Chocolates Dark Chocolate Brazils – UK

Found at a little Canadian store specializing in British things – many of which get a discount as they’re expired. These are succulent and classy. Lotsa chocolate!

Get some Beech’s Dark Chocolate Brazils – http://bit.ly/darkchocolatebrazils

Andy – 4.5 out of 5

Hans –  4 out of 5

Episode 13: Aero Vanilla Truffle & Big Turk

Well, here we are. I haven’t done an update on this site since late January and it’s March. Hopefully I can crank a few of these out before Miriam wakes up.

These are yet two more varieties found up in Canada – I mean, who doesn’t like Canada? I think the Aero was from Walmart SuperCentre in Richmond, BC and the Big’R Turk from a little convenience store that had a guy with a medallion and a hairy chest on the way to the border. Let’s check ’em out.

Aero Truffle: Vanilla Truffle – Canada

Ladies and gentlemen, this made us wretch. Just like eating a stinky vanilla candle smells like. It hurt.

Get an Aero Truffle: Vanilla Truffle – http://bit.ly/aerovanilla

Hans – 0 stars

Kit – 0 stars

Nestle Big’R Turk – Canada

Turkish Delight is a really amazing and flavorful confection. Like a jelly covered in chocolate that has a lots of nice spiced flavor. Well, this one was like a knife in the eye of that concept. Take a Swedish Fish. Cover it in chocolate. Nothing wrong with chocolate covered Swedish Fish – I mean that’s great and all, but that is NOT what Turkish Delight is. Period!

Get some Big Turk! – http://bit.ly/bigturk

Hans – 3 stars

Kit – 4 stars

 

Episode 10: Mars Maple & Snickers Crisper King Size

Episode 10: Maple Mars Bar & Snickers Crisper King Size

In the United States, the Mars Bar was replaced by the Snickers with Almonds – at least that’s the folklore, and then Mars disappeared. Well, Mars bars are alive and well in Canada. The Snickers Crisper is something very different – and something Hans’s mother requested we try. Again, we found both of these up in Canada. Note – we don’t live in Canada despite what you might be thinking.

Mars Maple – Canada

Maple is a flavor that can be way too strong. We were both pleasantly surprised here to find it in a way that was just about right and quite enjoyable

Mars bar – https://amzn.to/2U5rCEi

Kit – 4

Hans – 4

Snickers Crisper – United States

While a cherished choice of Hans’s mother, this variety didn’t please us in the extreme. The peanut left a kind of gravel in the palate that wasn’t easily swept away, distracting from the mouthfeel.

Snickers – https://amzn.to/2MpcE9L

Kit – 2

Hans – 3

Episode 9: Cadbury Dairy Milk Toffee & Lindt Sea Salt Vanilla Caramel

We meet the infamous Lindt Chocolatiers once again in the octagon as well as British powerhouse Cadbury in this battle royale of life, death, and chocolate. A real struggle for dominance in a land of despair.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Toffee – United Kingdom

Although Hans felt a slight uvula response, they both enjoyed this one. Toffee was a nice ratio to chocolate.

Cadbury – https://amzn.to/2MqCHgI

Kit – 3 1/4

Hans – 3 1/2

Lindt Creation Sea Salt Vanilla Caramel – Switzerland

Looking for vanilla in this one was a matter of outfitting the tongue with hip waders to get through all the sweetness.

Lindt – https://amzn.to/2RH6Oq2

Kit –  2

Hans – 2

Episode 8: Coffee Crisp & Aero Dark Cherry Truffle

‘What is this? What is this? Do you think I don’t know the law? Wasn’t it I who wrote it?’ Iconic lines from the character Auntie portrayed by Tina Turner in Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome. They have absolutely nothing to do with this episode, but a nice, light snack and a bubbly variety are here in this one-two punch from the great white north that is the sweet land of Canada.

Coffee Crisp – Canada

Growin up in Anacortes, Washington, Canadian television was easily found on the dial for Hans as a boy. Coffee Crisp commercials were constantly running, as well as commercials for cold and flu medications. It seems that Canadians must get the sniffles and yearn for something sweet most of the time.

Coffee Crisp – https://amzn.to/2WkLhlM

Kit – 3 1/2

Hans – 4

Aero Dark Cherry Truffle – Canada

Aero is interesting. These products get their name from all the holes in them – like they’re full of milk that had some kid blowing bubbles into it with a straw and then cooled and hardened quickly.

Aero chocolate – https://amzn.to/2S4gqKT

Kit – 4

Hans – 5

Episode 7: Ritter Sport Corn Flakes & Ghana Black

This time we visit Germany and Japan with a couple more varieties found at Uwajimaya (I think they were both found there at least).  We some some violence, a little acquiescence, and some reflection.

Ritter Sport Milk Chocolate with Corn Flakes – Germany

Interesting square shaped bars. The packaging is fancy and everything, but yeah the corn flakes weren’t the way we expected.

Ritter Sport – https://amzn.to/2sHrqzx

Kit – 3 1/2

Hans –  2 1/2

Lotte Ghana Black Chocolate – Japan

Japanese chocolate is an interesting thing, especially the darker varieties. It tends to focus more of the cacao rather than the sweeter side of things which is a nice change.

Ghana chocolate – https://amzn.to/2R966g2

Kit – 1.7583327

Hans – 2.825