Weirdest mainstream chocolate bar?

I’m used to small artisanal brands like Zotter making chocolate bars with strange flavor combinations. More mainstream brands, however, generally come up with tamer combos. I was pleasantly surprised to catch this review of a Cola Pretzel Honeycomb bar made by… Cadbury! It sounded strange, but Kev gave it a positive review. I really want to…

Chocolate consumption rituals

A recent study from the journal Psychological Science found “that ritualistic behavior potentiates and enhances ensuing consumption.” In plain English, engaging in rituals before eating makes the eating seem more pleasurable. The authors of the study ran one experiment in which half of their participants were instructed to eat a chocolate bar in the following…

Jelina Chocolatier – Fleur de Sel

Wednesday, I reviewed Jelina Chocolatier‘s Espresso bar. Today, I’ve got a review of another of their organic chocolate bars, the Fleur de Sel. Both were free samples that I picked up at the Sweets and Snacks Expo. Again, this bar was comprised of 15 rectangles, which came sealed in a silver wrapper tucked inside a…

Cybele’s lesson on sugar substitutes

I love Cybele’s Candy Blog for her great reviews and mouth-watering photos. She recently write a review about Lily’s Dark Chocolate, which was sweetened with Stevia. The review of the chocolate bar is great, but you should really check out for her little lesson in how chocolate makers use sugar substitutes. Very educational!

Jelina Chocolatier – Espresso

Last year at the Sweets and Snacks Expo, I picked up two chocolate bars from Jelina Chocolatier, a Canadian chocolate company that was looking for a U.S. distributor. I loved those two bars and gave them high marks and kept hoping they’d make their way to the U.S. market. Unfortunately, they’re still looking for a U.S. distributor,…

Zoë’s Chocolate Co – The Sports Bar

Last Friday, I reviewed some truffles that I had received as free samples from Zoë’s Chocolate Co. They also sent along a free sample of “The Sports Bar”, which was described as “crispy puffed caramelized popcorn-like rice crisps mixed into luscious dark chocolate and topped with carefully roasted honeyed peanuts.” The peanut studded bar was…