Monthly Archives: December 2007

Dallmayr Champagnertrüffel Schokolade

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Something new — chocolate from Germany, namely Dallmayr which has been around since 1700 according to their website.  I tried the Champagnertrüffel Schokolade which is a milk chocolate bar filled with a soft Champagne center. 

The chocolate is exceptionally smooth and very sweet.  At first taste, the chocolate is quite fruity, then as you bite into the center there is a hint of booziness which gives way to a sweet, milky finish.  It was quite enjoyable, but due to its rich flavor I would consider it a desert bar — not something I would eat every day.   It was a fun little treat for New Year’s Eve though! 

May you all enjoy lots of wonderful chocolate in the coming year!

Vosges Exotic Caramels

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If you are looking for a gift for just about anyone, I have the gift idea for you — the Vosges Exotic Caramel Hatbox.  Not only is the box very pretty, with it’s two swing out levels and pretty tied ribbon, but it contains come of the best caramels I have ever tasted.  There are 2 each of 9 different caramels, ranging from spicy to fruity.  Here’s are my tasting notes on each:

  • Rosey — Spicy, but not hot.  Aromatic floral hint.  Caramel rounded it all out and tempered the heat.
  • Crema — Mild, nutty.  Nice crunch from cashews.  Very sweet.
  • Leather — Crunchy!  Nice touch of bitterness set off by rich, sweet caramelized sugar flavor.
  • Tart — Burst of tartness at start.  Freshness and brightness from orange.  Nice Balance.  Not at all boozy.
  • Sunshine — Floral.  Interestingly slightly sweet & sour.
  • Leaf — Bit of astringency.  Herbal.  Not too sweet.
  • Maple — Nutty, nice maple flavor.  Mild but not too sweet.
  • Verde — Not spicy.  Good crunchiness from pumpkin seeds.  Slight lingering heat on sides of tongue.
  • Blush — Sweet & salty — what’s not to love?

There wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.  Even ones that I thought I might not like were exceptionally good. (Rosey with it’s pink peppercorns and rosewater sounded like it might not be my thing — but I loved it!)  The combinations were subtle enough that the caramel was never overwhelmed, but strong enough that each caramel definitely tasted unique.  I really loved these and would happily eat them again and again.

I was sent these by Vosges for review, but you can purchase them from the Vosges website.