Mast Brothers single origin dark chocolate bar – Madagascar

April 4th, 2014 by Rosa

Today’s the last of the three Mast Brothers single origin chocolate bars, the Madagascar, that I bought at Cocoa Cinnamon, a local coffee shop. I reviewed the Belize last Friday, and the Papua New Guinea on Monday.

Wrapper description: “This organic cacao is sourced from a single farm in Madagascar’s northwest coast. Bold, with notes of blood orange, raspberry, and red wine.”

The Madagascar looked quite shiny and broke with a sharp snap. Its melt was fuzzy and with no tongue-coating properties.

It started with rich caramel notes that quickly gave way to an incredibly punchy, bright fruitiness that shone through. It was sweet and tangy – I placed it as passionfruit, though the wrapper notes went with blood orange and raspberry.

I am totally sold on Mast Brothers chocolates. They are pricey but totally worth it – every bar I had great flavor intensity and complexity. Another ZOMG!

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All Godzilla wants is a Snickers

April 3rd, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, a silly Snickers commercial insinuating that all that Godzilla stomping nonsense could have been averted had he had his hunger quelled with a Snickers.

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Philadelphia chocolatiers

April 2nd, 2014 by Rosa

When I post news about chocolatiers, it’s often focused on New York City. That’s partly because there are loads of chocolatiers in NYC, and partly because I get a lot of my food news from Serious Eats,

For a change of pace, via Knile, here’s a post about chocolatiers in Philadelphia. I have tried zero of them, though I’ve seen John & Kira’s at Whole Foods (they are pricey!). More fodder for the never-ending candy bucket list!

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Serious Eats’ Chocolate Magazine

April 1st, 2014 by Rosa

The great folks at Serious Eats put out the occasional e-magazine. Their latest issue is all about chocolate, and it’ll only cost ya two bucks. Check out their post about it here.

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Mast Brothers single origin dark chocolate bar – Papua New Guinea

March 31st, 2014 by Rosa

Here’s the second of the three Mast Brothers single origin chocolate bars, the Papua New Guinea, that I picked up at my local fancy coffee shop, Cocoa Cinnamon. I reviewed the Belize last Friday, and I’ll review the Madagascar this Friday.

Its wrapper description: “After harvest, these beans are uniquely smoked. This post-fermentation process imparts incredible flavor; think hickory smoked bacon and aged scotch.”

This bar also snapped, but it broke more softly than did the Belize. It also had a thicker melt on the tongue.

It started off with a great depth of chocolate intensity and richness. As the bar melted, it got darker and even more complex, taking on a hint of maltiness as well.

Again, an incredible amount of flavor from just cacao and cane sugar, thanks to careful bean sourcing and smoking the beans after fermentation, I guess. Another ZOMG! Seeing a trend here?

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Mast Brothers single origin dark chocolate bar – Belize

March 28th, 2014 by Rosa

I’ve written about Mast Brothers Chocolate in several news posts on the blog, but this is my first time reviewing their wares. Mast Brothers is based in NYC, so I hadn’t been able to try them until now – thanks for carrying amazing chocolate bars, Cocoa Cinnamon!

I picked up three of their single origin bars: the Belize, the Madagascar, and the Papua New Guinea. Belize is up first.

The wrapper blurb: “From the Mayan jungles of southern Belize, this ground-breaking cooperative farms world-class, organic cacao. Notes of raisin, plum, and sarsaparilla.

This bar had the dullest surface look of the three bars that I tried. It broke with a sharp snap, and not always along its presegmented lines.

The texture of the bar was on the dry side. When I chewed it up, it felt like it had just lost its grittiness, and there was no tongue-coating melting feel. You can see the fine grit along the break in the image below.

The flavor of this bar was just incredible! A brightly fruity punch of raisin notes dominates the flavor profile and lingers throughout.

I was enthralled by how much flavor this bar brought from having only cacao and cane sugar on its ingredients list. A ZOMG!

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Irish Potatoes on Serious Eats

March 27th, 2014 by Rosa

Serious Eats titled this post “Irish Potatoes: The sweetest candy you’ve never heard of“, and they were right! I’ve never heard of Irish Potato candies before, much less had them.

I just hope that they taste better than the Idaho Spud (pictured below):

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When free candy gets controversial

March 26th, 2014 by Rosa

Via Jezebel, this past Mardi Gras, a candy shop in Missouri offered free fudge to patrons over 300 lbs. A skim through their Facebook page seems to show that they’re fond of unique promos.

This one in particular got a bit controversial thanks to their wording: ”Walk, run, waddle, or ride your motorized wheelchair down to the Route 66 Candy Shoppe!”

Some people were not amused.

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Break up airport monotony with Cadbury

March 25th, 2014 by Rosa

Via AdFreak, here’s a silly Cadbury commercial featuring some airport dancing.

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Fruit Vines Bites – Strawberry and Cherry

March 24th, 2014 by Rosa

I got these Fruit Vines Bites as free samples the day before I left for Shanghai. Now that I’m back and mostly no longer jet-lagged, I can get around to reviewing them!

Fruit Vines Bites are a new candy from the Red Vines folks that currently come in cherry and strawberry. They were little chunks of chewy fruit candy about 3/4 of a inch long and comprised of three stuck together ropes.

They were quite soft and easy to bite through, with a bit of a tendency to get stuck in the nooks and crannies of my teeth as I chomped them up. The lightly sweet fruity flavors intensely permeated the whole bite, and both had just a hint of a wheaty undertone.

I liked the cherry (maroon) better than the strawberry due to its darker, more rotund red fruit flavor profile. It just seemed a little more intensely flavored in its plummy cherry-ness, which I liked.

Strawberry (red) was lighter and brighter in its candied red fruit flavor, which also made it a little more plastic tasting to my tongue. Not bad, but not as good as the cherry.

An OM for the cherry and O for the strawberry.

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