Madécasse Chocolate – Pink Pepper & Citrus

Madécasse Chocolate is a new company to me. They’re “bean-to-bar in Madagascar” and, though they’re not Fair Trade certified (probably due to the expense), they claim that their business practices generate 4 times the impact of fair trade cocoa. Pink Pepper & Citrus was 63% cocoa, pink pepper, & combava fruit. Combava fruit sounds super…

Mast Brothers Chocolate in Hipster Land

The NY Times recently ran what I thought was an unnecessarily snarky but pretty funny takedown of Williamsburg’s hipster culture. At one point, he visits the hipster chocolate haven that is the Mast Brother’s Chocolate showroom: “Great food wants a great dessert, so I hied myself to the showroom of Mast Brothers Chocolate, a lodestar…

Indi Chocolate

When I was in Seattle for a conference a few weeks ago, I managed to slip away to Pike Place market one day for an extended lunch break. On my way out, I found this little hidden, family-owned chocolate shop called Indi Chocolate. Indi Chocolate does bean to bar, but they also do bean to…

Guest post: Ritter Sport à la Crema Catalana

Here’s another guest post from ex-pat friend Neil! ~Rosa Late on a Friday night at a German supermarket, I discovered a new Ritter Sport flavor I hadn’t even seen advertised yet: the Ritter Sport à la Crema Catalana. I spied something like a crème brûlée on the package and my heart skipped a beat. I bought…

Guest post: Hema Caramel & Biscuit Candybar Mini

Here’s another guest post from ex-pat friend Neil! ~Rosa A staple of Dutch towns is the HEMA department store. I dither on its American equivalent. K-Mart? Target? Everything there is their own brand, from clothing to sausage to the carpet cleaner. Often, when you ask a Dutch person “Where would I buy a…”, the answer…

See’s Assorted Chocolates Week 2 – Day 3

Back in 2009, I devoted a whole week to See’s Chocolates as I reviewed an assorted box that they sent me. This week will be another week of See’s Chocolates reviews, only this time, I’ll be reviewing a box that I bought and picked out myself in Seattle. On Monday, I covered four of their truffles. Wednesday, I reviewed four Dark…

Sweets and Snacks 2013

Emma talked me into taking on Sweets and Snacks again this year. We’re Chicago bound in a few weeks! If you don’t know, Sweets and Snacks is the big annual candy (and now salty snacks) convention. Last year, I took away about 20 lbs of free samples. Candy companies are very generous with their freebies,…