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Chuao Orange-A-Go-Go 
Posted: 6 September 2014    6.0 
Chuao Orange-A-Go-Go from USA Chuao's Orange-A-Go-Go is probably one of their most basic bars, as there is nothing in this bar that differentiates it markedly from other chocolate bars filled with candied oranges.  The orange pieces here aren't infused with herbs and spices or stuffed with crabmeat. The result is something less than trailblazing. You get Chuao's okay chocolate mixed with a blend of your standard candied orange pieces. I wouldn't pay the premium to go-go with this bar. Orange-A-Go-Go remains a one night stand I'm not ashamed of nor exceptionally proud of.    
Avg price/gram: USD 0.063   Cocoa %: 60  Size: 80g   
       


One thing I hardly ever do on the Chocolate Republic is go to other sites beforehand to read what other people have to say about a bar I'm reviewing.  I use the internet to research a company's history and its philosophy, possibly its ingredients in greater depth if the label is too general.  The tasting grades all come down to my mouth and my mouth alone.      

A few things kept coming up in my research about Chuao.  For the record, all this research was conducted after I sampled the bars and assigned a numerical rating.         

First, to really appreciate Chuao you have to revel in the Chuao experience. That means visiting one of their shops, which at present are only found in the San Diego area.  Chuao lovers rave about their gelato and their chocolate drinks, neither of which I review here on the Chocolate Republic.        

Second, the products are pricey. Extremely so.       

Third, people are crazy about their unusual flavors. No one with any extensive chocolate-eating experience raves about their chocolate.  Those who've lived in Europe for some time and have sampled better made chocolates as a matter of course observed that the chocolate itself was nothing spellbinding.  In fact, Chuao must know it's their flavor combinations which make them famous.  Checking their product range, I cannot see any standard milk chocolate or dark chocolate bar. Every single bar, without exception, is made with some kind of filling or exotic spice combo.            

In that regard, Chuao's Orange-A-Go-Go is probably one of their most basic bars, as there is nothing in this bar that differentiates it markedly from other chocolate bars filled with candied oranges.  Except maybe bergamot extract.  The orange pieces here aren't infused with herbs and spices or stuffed with crabmeat.

Orange bars don't make a big splash on the Chocolate Republic. I've never been fond of orange chocolate bars.  So few companies do them well. The few that have been reviewed, like Whittaker's Orange and Scarborough Fair's Organic Rapture, don't get top marks.  I've noticed that chocolate manufacturers always tend to offer up a darker chocolate to blend with the orange pieces.  Chuao opts for a 60% blend, somewhere right between the cacao solid amounts in Whittaker's and Scarborough Fair's versions.       

The result is something less than trailblazing. You get Chuao's okay chocolate mixed with a blend of your standard candied orange pieces.   A bit above average chocolate mixed with average orange fillings leads to a bar slightly above average.  Hence, the 6.0 rating.          

This bar needed more contrast, either darker chocolate (70-75%) or bolder bergamot-oranges.  Or maybe both.  Stuffed crabmeat in oranges would be right up Chuao's alley -- they make a maple-bacon bar already.   I wouldn't pay the premium to go-go with this bar. Orange-A-Go-Go remains a one night stand I'm not ashamed of nor exceptionally proud of.            

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