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Bendicks Bittermints 
Posted: 21 April 2011    7.5 
Bendicks Bittermints 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.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.034   Cocoa %: 95  Size: 100g  British chocolate 
       


About a month ago, my former neighbor, Banker Bobb from the UK, gifted me a pack of Bendicks Bitteroranges and Bittergingers.  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. 


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