Monthly Archives: January 2010

QBel Dark Mint and Double Dark

Qbel_dark

A while back I reviewed some all natural chocolate wafer bars from QBel which I liked quite a bit.  So I was quite happy to accept when they offered to send me their two new dark chocolate bars — Double Dark and Dark Mint — to review.

The Double Dark is both all natural and vegan, composed of wafers with dark chocolate filling and a dark chocolate coating.  This bar was fresh, crispy and crunchy with a nice, slightly bitter chocolate flavor.  The flavor was a bit smokey and hinted at roasted coffee.  I liked it quite well, but not as much as the Dark Mint bar:

Qbel_mint 

Once again there is a dark chocolate coating, but here the filling is sweet and has a light, fresh mint flavor.  The crispy bar was so good that while I ate only one of the two bars in the package at first, I was unable to resist going back for the second before the day was out.

These are two great additions to the QBel line and I have a feeling I'll be seeking out the Dark Mint bars in the stores.

Caribou Coffee Drinking Chocolate

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Recently Caribou Coffee switched from using a powdered chocolate for their mochas and hot chocolates to a pure chocolate by Guittard.  It was a good move.

First let me tell you about me and Caribou Coffee.  About a decade ago, I decided to quit working in a corporate/office environment and go back to grad school full time.  I started working at Caribou to make extra spending money.  I loved working there and loved their coffee. So, when Caribou contacted me about their new chocolate drinks, I was eager to try them.  They sent me a $5 gift card, which I quickly used.  My whole family tried the chocolate drinks — mochas and hot chocolates.  We all loved them and have been back for more several times despite the fact that there is no Caribou Coffee near where we live.

Then a few weeks later I received a box in the mail from Caribou containing all three varieties of their drinking chocolate to try at home.

Caribou_mini_chips

As you can see, it is basically little tiny chocolate chips.  I love this because I have used powdered drinking chocolates before and found them to be messy, but these little chips are small enough to melt quickly, but not messy at all.

Caribou_drinking_chocolate_ 

I have used these to make hot chocolates and mochas at home and they have worked beautifully.  I do confess that I have an espresso machine, so I was able to steam the chocolate and milk together just as they do in their stores, but you could easily make this on the stove or in a microwave.

My favorite for use in a mocha is the milk chocolate, however, the dark makes a lovely hot chocolate, and the white is equally good in both.

I know you can purchase the new chocolate drinks at any Caribou Coffee location, and I believe you can purchase the drinking chocolate for at home use at stores or online.