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Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut Raisin:Russia

Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut Raisin:Russia

I was “fortunate” enough to taste a Babaevsky Dark Almond on my way into Europe. I was given a similar “opportunity” to try another Babaevsky, a Dark Hazelnut Raisin, on the way out.

So you may be wondering why I would sample another Babaevsky bar after the first bar was so mediocre. Great question and I’ve got just the answer. First off, I didn’t recall on our second trip through Moscow the crappy brand we sampled the first time around. My wife had snapped a photograph with her camera phone, but we didn’t consult that. As there wasn’t much choice, we just grabbed what we saw. Second, this Babaevsky wasn’t really meant for my mouth. My wife needed to purchase some souvenirs for the people in her office. These were economical and she grabbed a few. Once we returned home, she had an extra chocolate bar she didn’t need to give away.

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Aug
30

Babaevsky Dark Almond from Russia

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Babaevsky Dark Almond:Russia

Babaevsky Dark Almond:Russia

On a recent trip to Italy, I stopped in Moscow to change planes. My wife and I did two things any “tourist” to Russia for 3 hours should do: we ordered a Russian beer and stopped by the duty free to get a bar of Russian chocolate.

Too bad for us that neither were very good.

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Otto Organic White Chocolate:Italy

Otto Organic White Chocolate:Italy

Otto Organic White Chocolate is the second bar my wife and I secured as we were exiting a delicious restaurant/gourmet shop/beer store called the Beer Oasis after feasting on their superb €11 buffet. It contained everything we were looking for. Organic, Fairtrade, and it was white chocolate, my wife’s favorite type.

Otto is another one of those smaller chocolate companies that has got its heart in the right place. They’re based in Genoa, in northwestern Italy, and source their cacao from Peru, from an operation called Acopagro, a cooperative of Peruvian farmers. The beans are processed into chocolate by Icam, an Italian chocolate company around since 1946. Otto, therefore, appears to be a virtual chocolate company. They come up with the packaging, source the inputs, provide the recipes, but have another company do the actual manufacturing. Not a bad position to be in nowadays. Gypsy brewers have done wonderfully using this scenario of low overheads.

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Aug
29

Domori Il 100% from Italy

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Domori Il 100%:Italy

Domori Il 100%:Italy

On a final weekend in Rome, my wife and dined in an amazing store/gourmet goods shop/restaurant. For €11, you were entitled to dine on a sumptuous buffet and drink a pint of German craft beer. As we were exiting the store to pay, we saw a few Italian-made chocolates on the counter and purchased them.

Domori Il 100% was the chocolate which got most of our attention. On the back the bar’s name, in English, is translated as Fine Cacao 100%. That’s entire what this bar is. One 50 gram block of cocoa mass. No sugar. No vanilla. No emulsifiers. I had once sampled a bar with 99% cocoa solids, but 100%?

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confisa-hazelnut

Swiss Confisa is not a chocolate brand you probably ever would have heard of. This is a brand made by a company called Chocolats Halba you’ve probably also never heard of.

Halba claims their chocolate with hazelnuts is a “test winner” in an independent test by a German consumption organization you’ve no doubt never heard of called Stiftung Warentest.  Were the chocolate that amazing you Chocolats Halba would be making sure you knew about it and citing all manner of prestigious awards, not some generic “test winner” status.

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May
15

Elite Milk Chocolate from Israel

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Elite Milk Chocolate:Israel

Elite Milk Chocolate:Israel

It’s about time the Chocolate Republic got an Israeli chocolate in the database. By now, critics could be calling me anti-semitic for not listing an Israeli chocolate.

Well … if the Israelis were known for chocolate.

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Feb
28

Lindt Chilli from Switzerland

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Lindt Chilli:Switzerland

Lindt Chilli:Switzerland

Four years ago, I remember that it was a much bigger deal to see a chocolate bar made with chili. My wife would buy them for me when she saw them, knowing how much I like spicy foods.

I will admit it. I am a self confessed chili lover. I love the taste of Thai mango salads, papaya salads, and cucumber salads because they all use lots of fresh chili peppers. But in chocolate? It’s a different game. Chili oil is used most of the time for the flavor. And in chocolate, the chili flavor and spice shouldn’t dominate. Most recently, I got a taste of chili with lime in a British Montezuma bar that pulled the chili-chocolate combination off quite well. Most of the time, the chili is so far in the background, it might as well be all the way in Brazil.

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Feb
24

Tesco Madagascan 71% Dark from UK

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Tesco Madagascan 71% Dark:UK

Tesco Madagascan 71% Dark:UK

How many times have you heard that today is a great time to be alive? Or that it’s the worst time to be alive? Of course, you wouldn’t hear them in the same sentence. Someone will be trying to prove one point and say you couldn’t possibly be born at a better time. Another will be try to prove another point by saying that now is absolutely the worst time.

We all know why it’s the worst time. Lack of job security, global warming, globalization, cruel elites, world financial crisis, teenaged pregnancy, low motility sperms, and the list goes on.

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Feb
22

Montezuma Chilli & Lime from UK

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Montezuma Chilli & Lime:UK

Montezuma Chilli & Lime:UK

I always wondered, in highly competitive markets, how one brand of products winds up on the shelves over another. I have been the purveyor of bargain products, half the price of similar competing products, and no one wanted to go near me because I wasn’t a brand name. I’ve also sold more expensive products, and no one wanted to go near me because they were expensive. So how the $)@*$)* did Montezuma do it?

Husband and wife Simon and Helen Pattinson, both lawyers making easy coin in the City, tossed in their legal briefs in 1999. They traveled to South America, tasted wonderful chocolates in Argentina, visited cocoa plantations in Venezuela, and launched their UK chocolate operation in 2000. Sales just seemed to grow magically year after year, and now the two can confidently say that thumbing it to their high paying legal jobs in the City paid miraculous dividends.

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Monoprix Gourmet White Chocolate With Speculoos:France

Monoprix Gourmet White Chocolate With Speculoos:France

Another inexpensive French brand shows itself on Thailand’s supermarket shelves. A little back story is probably in order to illustrate where this bar is coming from.

Monoprix is a major upscale French retail chain located in approximately 85% of French towns with populations over 50,000. Monoprix was jointly owned by two other huge French conglomerates until one bought the other’s shares out in 2012. One of those French giants, the Casino Group, owns the Big C superstores in Thailand and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. You can connect the dots. Casino places more of their French merchandise on the shelves of Thailand and one of those placements is Monoprix Gourmet’s chocolates..

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