Japan Candy Box – The Chocolate Break EXTRA

On The Ramen Rater, Hans unboxes a myriad of subscription boxes of noodles. Well, this tradition has started making its way over to The Chocolate Break! Here, we try out first box from Japan and see how we feel about it. Mind you, this post is being written in March of 2019 and so the contest mentioned is long over.

Watch the video to get our fascinating insights!

Get a Japan Candy Box here http://bit.ly/2K8x85q

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 17: Fry’s Turkish Delight Bar & Theo Cinnamon Horchata Milk Chocolate Bar

Since having the Big Turk – the basic slur of a fine confection known as Turkish Delight, I’ve been hoping to find some for Kit to try. I mean if you’ve tried Turkish Delight, you know that it tastes nothing like chocolate covered Swedish Fish. I mean really!

Fry’s Turkish Delight – United Kingdom

A lovely melange of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and other flavors in a jellylike, chocolate covered package. Kit hated it.

Fry’s Turkish Delight Bar – https://amzn.to/2CML0Rc

Kit – 0 out of 5 stars

Hans – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Theo Cinnamon Horchata Chocolate Bar – United States

Hopes were high, but this failed to deliver. Inauthentic and didn’t evoke horchata; would you put chocolate syrup in horchata?

Theo Cinnamon Horchata Milk Chocolate – https://amzn.to/2O8lEiJ

Kit – 1 out of 5

Hans – 0.25 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 14: Kit Kat Tiramisu & The Worst Chocolate Ever

By this point, we’re finding that the more things we try, the more we absolutely hate. I mean, why haven’t heads rolled and production stopped on some of these? Beyond us. We have a Canadian variety and a Seattle area one today.

Kit Kat Tiramisu – Canada

Upon opening, we are greeted with a ‘funk’ wafting from the package. We both have an affinity as to listening to funk, however scented funk isn’t much to our liking. Neat presentation though.

Get one here – http://bit.ly/kitkattiramisu

Kit – 1 1/2 stars

Hans – 2 1/2 stars

jcoco Edamame & Sea Salt in Milk Chocolate – Seattle, Washington USA

Well, talk about something absolutely horrible. This was just so bad. So bad that Hans actually spat it out into a napkin. Back in the day, he was able to escape to a bathroom after overdrinking, vomit into the bowl and then recover almost immediately to grab another beer and continue schmoozing. This eclipsed that ability. Like chocolate covered hay.

Get some jcoco edamame & sea salt here – http://bit.ly/jcocoedamame

Kit – 0 stars

Hans – 0 stars

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 12: Lindt Lindor White Chocolate & Meiji Milk Chocolate

Switzerland and Japan come back to haunt us yet again in this interesting duo. The time honored question of what caused people to start enjoying milk from animals comes to pass.

Lindt Lindor White Chocolate – Switzerland

Redemption! After really feeling let down by the Creation range, Lindt wows us with this white chocolate. The snarls of glee for their cave of chocolate could be heard from miles away.

Lindt – https://amzn.to/2MqRI26

Kit –  5

Hans – 4 3/4

Meiji Milk Chocolate – Japan

Guessing this is NOT made from dog’s milk, but what if there was a dog milk chocolate bar? Perhaps dogs would like it? I’m guessing the cacao would still be bad for them.

Meiji – https://amzn.to/2Msmasv

Kit – 1

Hans – 1/2

Episode 11: Halloween Candy Roundup 2018

We thought it would be fin to try and find a ton of different Halloween candy and review it. Well, we thought we’d find a ton in Canada. No dice. We went to a Fred Meyer in north Bellingham which was pretty bizarre – it felt like we were the strangers in town who walk into the bar in the old western movie and the music stops and everyone stares. But we managed to find some things here and there. We also went to Cost Plus World Market to find lots of neat varieties as well.