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Patsy's Raspberry Bar 
Posted: 24 October 2012    6.0 
Patsy's Raspberry Bar from USA Patsy's chocolates are like the sweet but slightly dumb kid sitting at the back of the class. You're the teacher and you'd love to give the kid great marks, but you can't. He's a way below average student, very time intensive, and he doesn't try as hard as he should.  No doubt the Raspberry Bar is a tasty treat, but at these luxury brand prices, it'd be fair to ask yourself what the point is.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.078   Cocoa %: 45  Size: 64g   
       


Patsy's Raspberry Bar was my second foray into Patsy's chocolates.   My first experience, with their Crystalized Ginger Bar, was an average one.     

Patsy's is a Colorado Springs based operation serving "quality" to Colorado's gullible since 1903. The company has been owned by the Niswonger family since 1956, and when I made some inquiries as to the type of chocolate Patsy's uses in their bars, I got back an immediate reply from Mike Niswonger, one of the owners, not some director of food production.        

Patsy's chocolates are like the sweet but slightly dumb kid sitting at the back of the class.   You're the teacher and you'd love to give the kid great marks, but you can't.  He's a way below average student, very time intensive, and he doesn't try as hard as he should.        

Patsy's Raspberry Bar, using the same 45% "dark" chocolate base, is slightly superior to the Crystalized Ginger Bar.  Here's why.   The chocolate itself, created from a Blommer Select in-house blend. isn't all that phenomenal. Now if you're manufacturing a box of assorted chocolates, which Patsy's also does, and stuffing those tiny chocolates with nuts and toffee and other fillings, an inferior chocolate isn't the end of the world.  Kit Kat, Nestle Crunch, and Twix taste fine, and none are made with premium chocolate.   It's when the chocolate takes center stage that you begin to notice the massive flaws.  Remove the wafers from the Kit Kat, the rice crisps from the Crunch, and the cookies from the Twix and make chocolate bars out of the remaining chocolate, vomit an hour afterwards, and you'll know what I mean.         

The ginger in the Crystalized Ginger Bar can't cover up the inferior chocolate taste as much as the raspberry and raspberry powder in this bar did. There's a simple reason for that.  In assorted chocolate boxes, it's typical to find chocolates stuffed with berry fillings or powders, but I've never seen ginger in a bite-sized chocolate.  The quick and dirty answer is that raspberry flavor's job is to blend in with average chocolate whereas ginger is there to complement an already good chocolate.           

No doubt the Raspberry Bar is a tasty treat, but at these luxury brand prices, it'd be fair to ask yourself what the point is.  There are cheap and satisfactory Ritter Sports you could pick up at the local 7 11.  Or maybe a Lindt bar, which exceeds the Patsy's bars in both taste, quality, and price.  Life doesn't lose any of its deeper meanings without a Patsy's Raspberry Bar for dessert.         

My simple advice:  eat if gifted, run if solicited.      

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