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Chocolate Taste Tests:
|The Chocolate Connoisseur
by Chloé Doutre-Roussel.
Obtain a variety of Vosges Haut-Chocolat Exotic Candy Bars.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat is:
Vosges bars in this comparison, made with an adaptation of the Chocolate Taste Test by Chantal Cody.
They are all milk chocolate (with a dark chocolate boost).
I love the boxed presentation of the bars, and the tasting notes provided. Vosges is sucessful in including flavors that each peak at different times in one bar.
I am bemused by the Goji, and unsure if it is my uneducated palate, or if someone slipped with the pink salt:
|Barcelona Chocolate Bar||Dark milk chocolate, hickory smoked almonds, gray sea salt.||9/10.||Best of this set. Very distinct series of tastes, opening with chocolate, continuing through the smoked almonds, and concluding with the firework of a grain of sea salt at the end.|
|Macha Chocolate Bar||Dark milk chocolate, Japanese macha green tea.||8/10.||Graceful, subtle, delightfully bitter; intriguing and a close second favorite.|
|Gianguja Chocolate Bar||'Deep' milk chocolate, caramelized and roasted hazelnuts, almonds.||6/10.||Sweet|
|Calindia - Venezuela 65%||'Deep' milk chocolate (with cardamom/walnuts/plums).||8/10 [C2]; 0/10 [C3].||C2 likes this a lot.
C3 hates it: "Bottom Line = Cardamom is a bad idea here ... overpowers everything for me. ... Taste = Cardamom jumps out at me and leaves aftertaste (metallic). Dried plum bits are nice little burst of fruit flavor but I don't get any walnut flavor ... the chocolate/cardamom/plum/walnut flavors don't blend or complement each other. Chocolate tastes much more bitter (because of cardamom, I think) than Michael Cluizel Maralumi plantation (Papua, New Guinea) but they're the same % cacao. [How to correct?] Reduce cardamom? Use sweeter chocolate? Add fruit flavor instead of dried bits?"
|Goji Chocolate Bar||'Deep' milk chocolate, goji berries (supposedly with 'raspberry, plum, and currant undertones'), pink Himalayan salt.||0/10.||Disastrously strong salt overwhelmed the chocolate almost at once; salt masked any fruit undertones.|
|Death by Chocolate: The Last Word on a Consuming Passion
by Marcel Desaulniers (Author), Michael Grand (Photographer)
Try Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Or Caramel Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.
Or Chocolate Dementia.
|The Five Senses Chocolate test as recommended in
Real Chocolate : Sweet and Savory Recipes for Nature's Purest Form of Bliss
by Chantal Coady.
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