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Home / Doug's Chocolate Republic  /   Review: Beryl's Camior Light Milk Chocolate Almond

     
Beryl's Camior Light Milk Chocolate Almond 
Posted: 20 June 2011    4.5 
Beryl's Camior Light Almond  This was not great milk chocolate in any universe, and with puny amounts of roasted California almonds added, not a great almond bar either.  Beryl's has an FAQ page on their web site and one of the questions they pose is: "Is chocolate suitable for active adults?" Their answer cites the unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in the cocoa bean. My answer is a lot simpler. Chocolate isn't suitable for active adults if it tastes like Beryl's.   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.023   Cocoa %: 29  Size: 50g  Malaysia chocolate 
       


Now  I know how desperate actors feel when they've inked the contract bonding them into a series of sequels even before the camera has rolled on the first film in the series.  They're not thinking the shoots will go beyond the one pathetic film.  With its unexpected success, they're locked into doing more of the lame same at pre-negotiated rates. 

I picked up two Beryl's bars at the Gourmet Market. I didn't want to pick up any, but I was desperate -- desperate in another way.  At the Chocolate Republic, I have to constantly review new bars, ideally bars that every other reviewer hasn't already commented on. I am always desperate to find the next big thing.  Two of Beryl's Camior Light bars were on the shelves.   The odds were low that either would set the world on fire, but how do you know unless you try?

And so I did.  The first sample was the Bittersweet, and I only wish I could say my assessment was bittersweet rather than bitter. My mouth now polluted with bottom-of-the-barrel ingredients, I was still on the hook to eat the second bar, the 'sequel,' this Milk Chocolate with Almond, in Beryl's Camior Light no-sugar added line. 

Beryl's brags that they source only the highest quality cocoa beans from Ghana from all their bars.   That turns out to be less of a boast than an obvious supplier source -- 20% of the world's cacao crop in 2004 came from Ghana.  Ghana is the #2 producer in the world.  Malaysia itself grows cacao and a claim with more punch would be that the Beryl's produces chocolate from Malaysian-grown cacao. Or even Indonesian cacao.  Indonesia is the world's #3 producer. 

This was not great milk chocolate in any universe, and with puny amounts of roasted California almonds added, not a great almond bar either.  If you want to try to look on the positive side, you could say that at least Beryl's put a decent amount of cacao in a milk chocolate blend.  A manufacturer batting in this minor league could have been expected to put in as little cacao as possible.   Don't worry.  They're still skimping, using vegetable fat instead of cocoa butter. And another small bonus is the isomalt instead of the sugar.  If you're going to eat an average bar, it's better not to eat a lot of calories doing so.  

Beryl's has an FAQ page on their web site and one of the questions they pose is:  "Is chocolate suitable for active adults?"  Their answer cites the unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in the cocoa bean.  My answer is a lot simpler. Chocolate isn't suitable for active adults if it tastes like Beryl's.    

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  Beryl's from Malaysia makes milk chocolate with almonds, the almonds come from California. Do you like milk chocolate with isomalt? Do you like Beryl's from Malaysia? Beryl's is at the forefront of Malaysian chocolate containing any kind of almond. See chocolate republic with Doug of Doug's Republic