chocolate review

Dark Chocolate Bee-Berry Honey Caramel

The Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate company (named for the founders’ three children) makes small batch artisan chocolate bars as well as other confections. In 1981, Dan Abel opened the first Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company store in St. Louis, Missouri. I found this bar in a specialty store in my neck of the woods, southeastern Wisconsin.

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Ambition Bar: Cold Brew Chocolate

Pamela’s Products makes the Ambition Bar as part of their line-up of gluten-free snack bars. In addition to the Cold Brew Chocolate bar that I’m tasting today, they make Salted Caramel Latte, Espresso Myself, Masala Chai, and Matcha Happiness. I sense a theme! And, yes, they all have caffeine - 70 milligrams in each.

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Sweet Valley Organics Dark Chocolate Praline Cinnamon Pecans

In 1907, Shibley Azar opened a small store in El Paso, Texas selling nuts and candy. The business grew and is now Sunrise Confections owned by Mount Franklin Foods, LLC. They continue to manufacture confections and nut products. The newest facility makes natural, organic, and functional food products.

According to their website, Sweet Valley Organics snack bites come in five varieties: Chewy Bananas, Sea Salt Toffee Almonds, Tart Cherries, Sea Salt Carmel Cashews, and today’s feature item, Praline Cinnamon Pecans.

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Sanders Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

In 1875, Fred Sanders Schmidt (known as Fred Sanders) opened Sanders Fine Chocolates in Detroit, Michigan. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, Sanders chocolate products and shoppes were all over the Great Lakes region. The shoppes sold not only chocolates and candies, but served light lunches, ice cream sodas, and hot fudge sundaes. Morley Candy Makers, Inc., bought Sanders in 2002.

Every once in a while I like to enjoy a dark chocolate covered caramel. I can get tired of caramels pretty quickly though. (I don’t particularly like how the caramel adheres to my teeth for so long after the chocolate coating melts and the chocolate flavors fade).

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Chocolate Granola Taste-Off: Bear Naked vs. Kind

I enjoy eating granola as a snack, with or without milk. I especially like chocolate granola (big surprise,right?) In fact, at this very moment, I’m munching on delicious chocolate granola while typing away at my computer. I like the crunch, I like the chocolate and the oatmeal flavors, and I like that a little goes a long way.

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Kaoka Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel

Today’s review is a great tasting 70% dark chocolate bar from a company based in France called Kaoka. Kaoka grows their cacao in Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Sao Tome. This particular chocolate is organic, non-gmo verified, fair trade, and single origin Santo Domingo cocoa from the Dominican Republic.

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Artisan Kettle Organic Chocolate Chips

There’s another player in the organic chocolate chip arena; Artisan Kettle made by Clasen Quality Chocolate. They are available in four varieties - semisweet, bittersweet, milk and white. The chips are organic and fair trade certified. Sourced from South America.  

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Dark Chocolate Banana Chips

Want to put yourself into a better mood?  I think by now most of us have heard that chocolate is a great mood enhancer. For years, it’s been known that chocolate does more than just taste good, it can actually do the body good.

Cocoa boosts serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for maintaining a balanced mood and feeling of well-being. It stimulates the happy-making parts of your brain!

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BarkTHINS Snacking Chocolate

Last month I wrote a review of 7th Street Confection’s Dark Chocolate Thins (Raspberry & Quinoa). I thought they were pretty tasty.

Today, I have an extremely similar product from BarkTHINS®. To the best of my knowledge, BarkTHINS came first, in 2013. The flavor is different, but the concept is the same; thin dark chocolate pieces with inclusions. Today I’m trying Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt.

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Hammond’s Chocolate Bars

Once again we get to my birthday, and here come the gifts of chocolate!

Yay, I have new chocolate bars to try and this time they are made by Hammond’s Candies in Denver, CO.

According to their website, www.hammondscandies.com, Hammond’s has been in business for more than 90 years. In 1920, Carl T. Hammond, Sr. founded Hammond’s Candy Company in Denver, Colorado. His first candy creation was the Honey Ko Ko - a chocolate topped with shredded coconut.

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