Monthly Archives: February 2009

Fran’s Caramels

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My husband knows they way to my heart — chocolate — more specifically chocolate with caramel and salt. This year he bought me a big box of Fran's Chocolates caramels and salted caramels.

The assortment included Fran's caramels covered in both milk and dark chocolate.  Some of the milk chocolate were topped with smoked salt while some of the dark were sprinkled with gray salt. The caramel itself is rich, soft, and buttery and the chocolate is smooth and only lightly coats each caramel so that you taste more caramel than chocolate. I have to say that the gray salt caramels are fantastic, but my favorite was the smoked salt caramels — just bursting with flavor!

You can see all of Fran's goodies and purchase the them through the online shop. I also want to mention that I've had their GoldBars in the past and they are really excellent.

Martine’s Chocolates

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Recently I was contacted by Martine’s Chocolates who wanted to know if I would like to try a selection of their chocolates. Since it is just before Valentine’s Day, I received a pretty Valentine’s selection of their chocolates as well as a box of their sugar-free chocolates.

First the Valentine’s Day selection. The top tray is filled with glossy well tempered heart shaped solid chocolates and the bottom level was filled with some of their signature molded pieces. They look gorgeous — well molded and glossy and they all tasted very fresh. Fillings are on the tame side and include butterscotch caramel, gianduja, chocolate ganache and more. (You can see their entire menu on their website.

The sugar-free chocolates are solid chocolate or solid mixed with chopped nuts, cacao nibs or coconut. While I’m not a fan of sugar-free foods in general, these were pretty good with no off tastes. They were perhaps a bit more bland than the sugary chocolates, but a very acceptable alternative for those with diet restrictions. Definitely a premium sugar-free.

Chocolate Giveaway Winners!

The winners have been contacted — Jessica & Erika. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment!

Vosges Exotic Truffles

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If you are looking for an extra special treat for your valentine, I can't think of anything much better than Vosges Chocolates. I'm a huge fan of many of their bars, and I loved their caramels, so I was excited to try their 9 piece Exotic Truffle Collection.

The truffles are packaged beautifully in a signature purple box tied with a purple satin ribbon. The inner wrapping has 2 leaves — one with the name of the truffle and one with the description of the truffle. I love this as it makes it very easy to see what you are about to bite into.

All the truffles were fresh, pretty and well protected in their individual spots. All tastes are covered here, from spicy truffles including wasabi and curry powder, to the traditional caramel & pecan creation — Wink of the Rabbit. These truffles are the perfect size to pop into your mouth whole where they burst with flavor as the shell melts. Just wonderful.

Vosges chocolates can be purchased at any of their stores, or through their online shop.

Last chance to enter the chocolate giveaway!

I’ll be shipping out the chocolate to the two lucky winners tomorrow, so if you would like to enter, please leave a comment over here today!

Q.bel Chocolate Candy Bars

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Recently Q.bel sent me a selection of their all natural chocolate bars to try and I have to say that I was quite impressed! The bars come in 6 varieties — milk, dark and milk/peanut butter Wafer rolls and milk, dark and milk/peanut butter crispy rice wafer bars.

These bars are all natural and made with ingredients that I'm not scared to eat — no hydrogenated oils or HFCS, no artificial colors or flavors and real chocolate. In addition, the calories in a package are reasonable. For instance, my favorite was the Dark Chocolate Wafer Rolls which come 2 in a package and are 120 calories.

So, how do they taste — wonderful! The chocolate is rich and tasty without being too sweet. It is smooth and contrasts nicely with the super crisp wafers. The peanut butter varieties are fresh and nutty — only slightly sweet.

If I'm going to reach for a candy bar, this is what I would want. In fact, my husband and daughter have tried them and like them too. If you'd like to try them, leave me a comment. They sent me quite a few candy bars and I'm going to send some out to 2 lucky winners.  (US addresses only please, unless you want to chip in some for shipping,)

Q.bel chocolate bars are available at Whole Foods.