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Redstone's Margarita 
Posted: 24 October 2012    3.0 
Redstone's Margarita from USA The keylime, lemon puree, and artificial rum flavors are too sweet. The sweetness could have been creatively dampened had Redstone's proxy used a darker chocolate.  The result is a very artificial tasting bar, with the chocolate taste pushed so far into the background, that it wouldn't have mattered if the outer chocolate coating had been outsourced to Cadbury India.  Do yourself a favor and buy a real chocolate bar and then a real margarita at a Mexican restaurant, and you'll be a helluva lot happier.   
Avg price/gram: USD 0.05   Cocoa %: 34  Size: 57g   
       


Redstone Foods out of Carrollton, Texas is not a chocolate company per se.  On their web site, they call themselves a premium distributor and importer of specialty candy and food items.  By that measure, you would not expect Redstone to be manufacturing outstanding chocolates, and they don't.  On the back of their branded bars, it reads "Made Expressly for Redstone Foods, Inc."  Some mystery manufacturer is producing the bars.        

Josh Rothstein, Vice President of Redstone, got back in touch with me when I queried him about his chocolates.  He said Redstone uses the finest available Belgian chocolate from Callebaut.  Callebaut was behind the French grocery store chain Carrefour's in-house chocolate brands.        

Redstone should be given a few kudos for coming up with a margarita bar, if it was really them who came up with it.   It was about time someone thought about mixing margarita flavor with chocolate, and what better place to do it than Texas, which borders the country considered to be the home of the margarita?      

But Redstone -- or more accurately, whoever is manufacturing Redstone's bar -- blew it.  The keylime, lemon puree, and artificial rum flavors are too sweet  The sweetness could have been creatively dampened had Redstone's proxy used a darker chocolate.  Darker chocolate contains less sugar.  And considering that Redstone is using Belgian Callebaut chocolate in the first place, it is a crime not to make the chocolate base darker.  Flaunt it when you got it!    The result is a very artificial tasting bar, with the chocolate taste pushed so far into the background, that it wouldn't have mattered if the outer chocolate coating had been outsourced to Cadbury India.       

The proof is in the tasting.  My wife bought two Margarita bars at Denver International Airport, one for me to review on the Chocolate Republic, and one for my brother. My brother's bar remained half eaten in the refrigerator and would have lain in that state until he eventually dumped it.  My wife had a bite and refused to eat another.          

The ingredient list reads like a who's who of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. At these prices per gram, one could pick up an organic bar at Whole Foods. Do yourself a favor and buy a real chocolate bar and then a real margarita at a Mexican restaurant, and you'll be a helluva lot happier.  

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  Redstone Foods out of Carrollton, Texas manufactures their margarita bar from Belgian Callebaut chocolate. The Rothstein family runs the operation.