for the love of chocolate

Trader Joe’s Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts June 2, 2009

Trader Joe's Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts
Is there such a thing as crunchy Nutella? You know, like crunchy peanut butter, but with Nutella and hazelnuts? If there isn’t, there should be. I bet it’d fly off the shelves.

Until then, here’s a substitute: Trader Joe’s Swiss Milk Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts. The milk chocolate is so smooth and the hazelnuts are so tasty it’s like eating crunchy Nutella. Seriously! If you’re a Nutella fan, you have got to try this and tell me if it isn’t so. And bonus—it’s more portable than Nutella because it doesn’t come in a jar.

Granted, $3.99 for a 7 oz. bar isn’t cheap. And those 7 ounces don’t go nearly as far as one might hope. I mean, the bar looks big enough, but with all that milk chocolate and hazelnut swirling around in your mouth it disappears fast. Really fast. Like one sitting fast. But then again that might just be me. I’m addicted to Nutella.


Trader Joe’s Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate May 11, 2009

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Trader Joe's Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate

Yesterday I discovered a new chocolate bar at Trader Joe’s: Fair Trade Swiss Milk Chocolate. It’s a good sized bar (3.5 oz) for only $1.99. Plus, it’s Fair Trade! According to the wrapper, “Fair Trade chocolate helps contribute to a better way of life for farmers and their families. This method of buying cocoa beans and sugar offers small-scale growers a fair price for their harvest.”

So how does it taste? Quite nice, actually! The chocolate is extremely smooth, and it has a hint of caramel, which adds to the overall aroma. The ingredients are pure and simple: “cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, carmelized sugar, soy lecithin, vanilla extract”. Definitely worth a try next time you’re at Trader Joe’s!


Lowering your cholesterol with chocolate October 26, 2008

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Remember the study that showed that chocolate can help protect against heart disease? Now Mars, Inc. has a line of chocolates that can reduce your cholesterol, too. CocoaVia dark chocolate bars, milk chocolate bars, and chocolate covered almonds all contain plant sterols, the natural cholesterol-reducing agent popularized by Benecol and Promise. It’s not exactly gourmet chocolate, but the taste isn’t half bad. (The first bite always seems to have an unusual flavor, but after the first bite it goes away.) And bonus—each bar has less than 100 calories.

If you’d like to try CocoaVia chocolates, you can download a printable coupon for $1.00 off (valid until December 31, 2008). Let us know what you think!


Lake Champlain Five Star Chocolate Bar—Hazelnut September 19, 2008

Five Star Chocolate Bar (Hazelnut)

Oh, dear. I’ve been trying to cut back on chocolate (sacrilege, I know) and now I discover these little chunks of heaven. Lake Champlain calls them “Hazelnut Five Star Chocolate Bars,” but really they’re more like pralinés from a Swiss chocolatier. Biting through the thin milk chocolate exterior, one discovers a heavenly gianduja that’s alternately melt-in-your-mouth smooth and tantalizingly crispy. The bars may seem pricey at $3.99 for 1.9oz (at Whole Foods), but as a treat they’re worth every penny. Plus, someone with greater restraint than I could easily make two servings out of a bar. Okay, maybe not easily, but it might be possible if you read the nutrition facts first!


Trader Joe’s 72% Dark Chocolate Mini Bars May 3, 2008

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Trader Joe's 72% Dark ChocolateIn the latest issue of the Fearless Flyer, Trader Joe’s highlights their new mini chocolate bars. Sold in packs of three for $1.49, each bar contains 1.65 ounces of 72% Belgian dark chocolate. Per the Fearless Flyer, “If portion control is your candy quandry, these bars are your saving grace. One bar is just the right amount to satisfy your dark chocolate cravings.”

Surprisingly, I didn’t even need a whole bar. Just three squares and I’d lost interest. It’s not that they’re bad; they’re just boring. And at 280 calories, they’re no low-calorie treat, either. I much prefer Trader Joe’s 100 Calorie Chocolate Bars. Granted, they’re more expensive ($.63 per ounce compared to $.30 per ounce for the mini bars), but what’s the point of a treat if it’s not fun to eat?


Fat Pig Chocolate March 14, 2008

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a chocolate bar that celebrates gluttony. Or is it truth in advertising? Either way, it catches your attention, doesn’t it?

What do you think? Is this the next big thing in chocolate? Would you buy it? Would you give it as a gift to a friend? If you’ve tried it, how was the chocolate?

So many questions! We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for developments on the Oinkganic Milk Chocolate front. In the meantime, check their web site, which is still under development, for availability.


Nestlé Coffee Crisp comes to the U.S. March 10, 2008

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Nestlé Coffee Crisp
My friend in Montréal tells me Nestlé Coffee Crisp has quite a cult following in Canada. In fact, there was even an Internet petition to bring Coffee Crisp to the United States. Amazingly, the petition was a success, and Nestlé has begun marketing Coffee Crisp to U.S. consumers.

So what is Coffee Crisp? According to Nestlé, it’s a wafer bar with a coffee crème center. Given the name and the tagline (“How do you like your coffee?”), it should come as no surprise that coffee is one of the ingredients. Sadly, there isn’t much of a coffee flavor. Certainly nothing as flavorful as Ritter Sport’s Cappuccino chocolate bar, for instance. There is a bit of a caffeine kick, though, so perhaps that’s the purpose of the coffee.

My disappointment with the flavor notwithstanding, the Coffee Crisp has a nice crunch to it. At 260 calories, I’m not sure it qualifies as a “light snack” (as advertised on the packaging), but it’s true that it doesn’t taste as rich as other chocolate snacks. In fact, it reminds me of Little Debbie Nutty Bars, albeit lighter, crunchier, and sans peanut butter flavor.

I wouldn’t go out of my way for a Coffee Crisp, but if you happen to see one at your local retailer, give it a try. If nothing else, you’ll know what your friends north of the border are raving about!

(For the latest on the availability of Coffee Crisp in the U.S., see Nestlé Coffee Crisp bar is finally coming to the USA.)