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Review: Chuao Orange-A-Go-Go
Posted: 6 September 2014
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.
price/gram: USD 0.063
Cocoa %: 60
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
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
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
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.