Droste Orange Pastilles

My friend Neil, who’s currently living and blogging in the Netherlands, brought me a generous assortment of Dutch goodies when he was back in the states over the holidays. Included among the treats were these Droste Orange Pastilles. The packaging is unusual – a hexagonal paperboard tube with an inner sealed roll of silver. The…

Chocolate for the New Year

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I don’t bother because I’m already perfect… That’s a total lie. I don’t bother because I’m lazy. Whatever your stance on New Year’s Resolution, Serious Eats has a nice round-up of appropriate chocolates for the determined/delusional and for the lazy/indulgent. Dagoba’s Superfruit bar is on the resolution makers’ list….

Hedonist Fruit and Nut Collection

Hedonist Artisan Chocolate‘s Fruit and Nut Collection seems to be one of their year-round staples, yet I’d never tried them until now. Fortunately, I recently got a free sample box to taste. From left to right, top to bottom, they are Dried Apricots, Crystallized Ginger, Cranberry-Pecans, Candied Orange Peels, and Pistachios. These are a departure…

Consumer Reports’s Chocolate Reviews

Thanks to Candy Yum Yum, I now know how Consumer Reports ranked fancy chocolates in their own tasting: Norman Love – the truffle of choice at Chocolate and Vines, one of my new favorite places in Rochester Woodhouse Christopher Elbow – tasted in a Cocoa Bella box at a Calhoun College tasting L.A. Burdick –…

Mentos Fuji Apple

I have a soft spot in my heart for Mentos – I grew up on their corny “Freshmaker” commercials. I got these Fuji Apple Mentos in a box of free samples from tsunami.hk. It’s a flavor that I’ve never seen in the U.S. I guess they’re only available in Asia. Like all Mentos, it had…

Vosges Gingerbread Toffee

I have a soft spot for Vosges Chocolates and have reviewed them often in the past. They’re usually beyond my regular budget, but this Gingerbread Toffee bar was on sale after the holidays. Vosges at half off? I couldn’t resist! The bar was described as gingerbread spiced toffee, dark chocolate, and 65% cacao. The box’s…

How Dark is Too Dark?

Via the Kitchn, here’s a Wall Street Journal piece that wonders if cacao percentages have gotten too high to be tolerable. I’ve tried a few 100% cacao bars and generally find them inedible. In fact, I like to finish my chocolate tastings on a 100% bar, just to underscore that higher doesn’t necessarily mean tastier….