Phinney 3400 Chocolate Bars


I think that to date, Phinney 3400 is my favorite brand of chocolate.  It’s smooth, has a lovely mouthfeel and a distinctive flavor.  I have tried all of their bars except for the Coffee Dark Chocolate and here’s a run down:

  • Bread & Chocolate Dark Chocolate — from their webiste:  An innovative twist on a traditional pairing, featuring dark chocolate with buttery, toasted artisan breadcrumbs and the perfect amount of salt.  My thoughts:  Buttery and salty with a nice crunch that becomes a lovely chewiness (the bread crumbs I suppose).  Delicious and unique.
  • Vanilla Milk Chocolate — from their website:  A harmonious blend of finely ground Madagascar vanilla bean and milk chocolate.  My thoughts:  Beautifully smooth with a lovely greenness to the chocolate.  It reminded me a bit of flaxseed.
  • Chai Milk Chocolate — from their website:  Milk chocolate with a warming blend of chai spices and black tea.  My thoughts — The same milk chocolate from the Vanilla Milk bar (if I’m tasting correctly) combined beautifully with a warm spicey flavor.  The cardamom flavor burst through and the ginger gives it a nice warmth.  My husband tried this bar too and really enjoyed it.
  • Coconut Curry Milk Chocolate — from their wesite:  Milk chocolate with toasted coconut and savory curry spices.  My thoughts — this was the only bar that I didn’t care for.  The overwhelming tast of cumin was just too much for me.  While the chocolate was lovley and smooth, the heat and savory spaces where all I could taste.
  • Nib Brittle Dark Chocolate — from their website:  Dark chocolate with organic roasted cocoa nibs in sweet and crunchy brittle.  My thoughts — This was the first Phinney 3400 bar I had and it knocked my socks off!  It has a rich, round full flavor — fruity at the beginning and and carmelized at the end.  It has an almost cooked flavor — like a brownie — and the nib brittle gives it a nice crunch and a sweet (carmelly) salty hit.  Excellent bar!

All the bars are shiney and well tempered with a wonderful bite.  In addition, the chocolate is all organic and fair trade certified.  A plus in my book!

If you are in Chicago, you can pick these up at Hannah’s Bretzel  (this is where Pete finds me a lot of my chocolate bars).  They are also available at Chocosphere and online at Theo Chocolate’s website.