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Review: Bendicks Bittermints
Posted: 21 April 2011
Comparing Bendicks Bittermints to a supermarket brand is like comparing the royal emperior feast you'd be served if you were to ever meet the prime minister of China and the greasy spoon Chinese takeout you sampled last week for $5.95 per dish. Bendicks has always maintained a reputation of the highest quality.
price/gram: USD 0.034
Cocoa %: 95
About a month ago, my former
neighbor, Banker Bobb from the UK, gifted me a pack of
These are not expensive chocolates or world famous.
I wasn't expecting much and maybe that was an advantage.
I expected so little, and the chocolates delivered, so I
gave them more praise than I might have if I'd gone into the
tasting with a lot of preconceived notions of taste or
quality. Banker Bobb would've given me a tube of the
most famous of Bendicks' collection, the Bittermints, if
he'd had any.
Banker Bobb went back to the
UK, and I moved. He obtained my e-mail address, and I
heard from him days after my move. He wanted my postal
address and said he'd mail me a parcel of chocolate. I
forgot all about that until five days ago when the parcel
showed up on my door with all Bendicks' bitter varieties,
including the Bittermints. Here it was. The Bendicks creation which put Bendicks on the map. How would
Bendicks' signature piece stack up?
The closest thing I would've
had to a Bendicks Bittermints growing up was the
York Peppermint Pattie, dark chocolate wrapped around a
peppermint confection. I don't remember ever being
smitten by it. It would end up in my Halloween trick
or treat bag every October, and I'd always have to eat a few
or trade them away.
Comparing Bendicks Bittermints to a supermarket brand is
like comparing the royal emperior feast you'd be served if
you were to ever meet the prime minister of China and the
greasy spoon Chinese takeout you sampled last week for $5.95
per dish. Bendicks has always maintained a reputation
of the highest quality. That extends to their 95% dark
chocolate coating the bitter mint fondant within which goes
perfectly with the chocolate.
The Bittermints would be a fantastic way to freshen up your
breath before getting enmeshed in some serious French
kissing with that cute girl/boy just down the street.
Although delicious, the Bittermints
aren't as unique a
creation, in my revered opinion, as the
Bitteroranges, which combine tangy orange and chili in a fondant
second to none. If you only had
£3 in your pocket and could afford just one Bendicks tube,
I'd lay the money down on the Bitteroranges first -- unless
you're suffering from chest or respiratory problems.
Mint is known for its healing properties, and if you were
suffering from nasal allergies, a bacterial or fungal
infection, or a head cold, you'd be a fool for spending the
money on Bitteroranges that would leave you no healthier
than when you started. Bittermints would be the
way to go.
Bendicks from England makes dark chocolate with mint fondant and they call it Bittermint.
Do you like dark chocolate? Do you like fondant from the UK? England is at the forefront of
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