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Review: Chocolove Cherry Almond
Chocolove Cherry Almond
Posted: 9 September 2014
Chocolove is not a bean-to-bar manufacturer. Chocolove imports the chocolate from France or Belgium and fashions it into tasty bars of differing cocoa solid content, filling, and flavors. Who cares? The Belgian chocolate, whoever originally made it, is remarkably smooth.
price/gram: USD 0.028
Cocoa %: 55
I had a good feeling about
Chocolove even before I opened up the wrapper. Just take a
look at the wrapper, and you don't want to open it up!
It's designed like a post card sent to you from Chocolove.
The "postage stamp" in the top right tells you what's inside
(cherries, almonds, dark chocolate) and the franking stamp
tells you the origin of the chocolate (Belgium).
With some bars, you have
trouble finding out the exact percentage of cocoa solids
contained within. Chocolove makes sure there's no
doubt. The front wrapper of this Cherry Almond bar has
55% featured no less than three times.
Chocolove is a privately held
operation from Boulder, Colorado, not far from where OptoJay,
the bearer of this bar and many others, hails from. It was
founded by Timothy Moley in 1996 and was purported to be the
first chocolate operator in the US to indicate the cocoa
solid content on each bar. I won't bother
doublechecking that fact.
Chocolove is not a
bean-to-bar manufacturer. Instead, Chocolove
imports the chocolate from France or Belgium and fashions it
into tasty bars of differing cocoa solid content, filling,
and flavors. Moley is proud to say that he still
cares where the cocoa from the original producers is
sourced. The back of this bar specified that it
was certified by IMO Switzerland as "For Life," meaning that
the cocoa was farmed in a socially responsible and
sustainable manner. You have to read that back
label carefully. Only 20% of the cocoa in the bar is
"For Life" certified. Does that mean the other 80%
farmed in a socially irresponsible and unsustainable manner.
You'd have to ask Moley.
Who cares? Chocolove is
doing something right. This Cherry Almond bar in dark
chocolate is absolutely delicious. There are ample tastes of
Michigan cherries and dry roasted California almonds in
every bite, a wonderful flavorful combination. And the
Belgian chocolate, whoever originally made it, is
remarkably smooth. I found this chocolate to
have a more memorable taste than the chocolate from
Chuao and it costs
less than half the price per gram.
Moley wants his Chocolove
bars to be a gift of love. For the last eighteen
years, he's been eating two chocolate bars per day.
For my part, I can say I loved the gift, and if I had access
to the brand at these prices, I'd be joining Moley on this
twice daily habit of chocolate consumption.
8.0. 8.0. The Chocolate
P.S. Chocolove includes a
(non-pornographic) love poem inside each wrapper. The
least I can do is include my own poem here, summarizing the
information Chocolove includes on the back label of the bar:
Michigan cherries and dry roasted nuts
In Belgian dark chocolate farmed near African huts
Combine in your mouth for a flavor sensation
Deserving of squeals and a standing ovation
Thanks, Chocolove, for a gift that's first class
I'll eat two every day till they schedule my bypass