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Bendicks Bitteroranges 
Posted: 13 March 2011    8.0 
Bendicks Bitteroranges Bendicks isn't deceiving the senses, like Lindt would, with artificial orange-chili flavor. It's obvious you're getting the real thing from the very first taste, a burst of extravagant orange, the sweetness dimmed as it should be by the 95% cocoa solids. That delicious orange taste lingered long after as the sun set and the stars sparkled overhead.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.034   Cocoa %: 95  Size: 100g  British chocolate 
       


Bendicks came out of nowhere to attack and win over my taste buds.  I didn't expect to enjoy the Bittergingers Banker Bobb gave me as much as I did.   I like ginger as much as the next guy -- but in my Chinese and Indian food.   Ginger in chocolate is not a fantasy of mine.

And I used to not be much of fan of orange in my chocolate either.  Over time on this Republic, I've been blessed with orange in chocolate that's been very good.   I've also been assaulted with orange that put my taste buds in a coma. 

Banker Bobb knew I enjoyed the Bittergingers.  As I came home a few days ago, he ran inside and handed me half a pack of Bitteroranges. He and his wife had devoured the other half of the pack. 

The Bitteroranges are the newest treat in Bendicks' line.  The Bitteroranges use the same Bendicks formula:  incredibly bitter 95% cocoa solid chocolate surrounding an intensely strong-tasting fondant.  Neither the fondant or the chocolate on its own would lure sweet tooths out of bed.  Together, people would run marathons to get their hands on them.

The Bitteroranges' fondant is made up of "tangy orange oil with a hint of chili."  The ingredients show orange peel, lemon peel, citric acid, and chilli extract.  Bendicks isn't deceiving the senses, like Lindt would, with artificial orange-chili flavor.  It's obvious you're getting the real thing from the very first taste, a burst of extravagant orange, the sweetness dimmed as it should be by the 95% cocoa solids.  That delicious orange taste lingered long after as the sun set and the stars sparkled overhead. I could have mixed myself an orange juiceless screwdriver, and it would've still tasted good with all the orange flavor still packed into my mouth.   

The British don't have much to be happy about.  The weather's cloudy, the cost of living is high, the women are pale and ugly.  Bendicks' bitterlines of chocolates made the British people, well, less bitter.  People would awaken, remember they were still living in Britain, cry, but eat a Bendicks to make the pain go away.  The Bendicks treats are still there to distract, but they're no longer British technically.   August Storck KG out of Berlin owns Bendicks today as a subsidiary of their Storck UK operations.  The Germans made life hell for the British over the course of two world wars.  Bendicks is the Germans' chance to say sorry -- and make a fondantload of profits.   

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