December 7th, 2009 by Rosa
Ever buy a chocolate bar and think, “This would be so much better with X instead of Y”, or “if only they added Z to this bar”? Well, soon you’ll be able to, once Chocri launches their US website (it’s currently still in preview mode).
From their blog: “chocri is a German startup, founded a little more than a year ago. What we do is we allow you to customize your own chocolate bar on our website. You get to choose a base chocolate white, dark or milk chocolate, and then your favorites out of more than 90 toppings… We hand-make the bars in Germany, and ship them to you.”
I got to create three free sample bars, which I’ll review today and Wednesday and Friday. Today’s bar is the “Rosa purposefully picked out weird toppings and ended up with something gnarly” bar.
The above bar is a 32% milk chocolate with chives, sea salt, caraway, spicy volcano cashews, and cheese-curry cashews. Doesn’t it sound just scrumptious?
The milk chocolate base is pretty nice. It’s super thick and really coats the tongue and mouth. And it pairs decently well with the spicy volcano cashews, which are super spicy! They really set my tongue a-tingle and cut right through the sweetness of the chocolate.
But man-oh-man the chives really ruin the thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a reason why you don’t normally see chocolate paired with onion (if you didn’t know, chives are in the onion family). The two do NOT mix well. It’s pretty awful and blech-inducing.
The cheese curry cashews are savory and also don’t match the milk chocolate well, but they’re mostly just weird as opposed to nastily off-putting. Caraway is basically like fennel, which, as Hedonist has shown, can go well with chocolate. But the chives pretty much ruined the bar for me.
So that bar was a fun experiment, at least. Officially, it gets a –, but it’s totally my fault. Don’t worry too much, though; my other two creations were better. Stay tuned!
And check out other candy bloggers’ Chocri experiences below. The best part of Chocri’s customization means that all our reviews are different!