Monthly Archives: June 2007

Dagoba Hazelnut

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My last experience with Dagoba was excellent — I loved the “seeds” bar — so I figured it was time to try another. This time I went with one of their milk chocolate bars — “hazelnut” — which is actually milk chocolate (37% cacao) with roasted hazelnuts & rice crisps. I think it was lauded as a grown-up version of a Nestle Crunch, or some such thing.

Now I’m a dark chocolate girl and perhaps why this bar didn’t really hit the spot like I hoped it would. The bar is almost overwhelmingly sweet for me. And although the chocolate is quite smooth, it lacked a depth of flavor. I also thought the rice crisps were not as crisp as they should be.

Having said all that, it’s pretty good! The hazelnuts are nice and crunchy (although they are in pretty tiny pieces) and have a nice flavor. Overall I would say this bar is mild and sweet, so if you like your chocolate that way, I think you’ll enjoy this bar. Me, I’ll stick to their dark chocolate offerings.

Dagoba is organic and they believe in something called Full Circle Sustainability. You can read more about them at the Dagoba website.

Weiss Chocolat Blanc Fraicheur aux Fruits Rouges

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I just got in from pulling weeds and I wanted something light and refreshing.  I looked in my box o’ chocolate and pulled out the Weiss Chocolat Blanc Fraicheur aux Fruits Rouges bar.  This bar is white chocolate with red fruits — raspberry, cherry and strawberry to be exact.  Just the thing for a warm summer day!

Now usually I think of white chocolate as being somewhat heavy and sweet — and the ingredient list in this bar shows sugar and cocoa butter as the first and second ingredients respectively.  However the tart dried fruit really shine — toning down the sweetness of the chocolate and bursting through with their bright acidity.

The texture is somewhat chewy due to the significant amount of dried fruit in the bar, but the chocolate is very smooth and silky.  Quite nice since some white chocolates tend toward the grainy side in my experience.

If you are looking for the perfect bar to pair with that iced coffee on a warm day — I’d give this bar a try.  You can get yours at Chocosphere like I did (as usual).  And take a closer look at Weiss chocolate at their website.