***Warning this post contains diet spoilers***
…and is a bit longer due to my delight over chocolate.
I have a huge sweet tooth. That, combined with my ‘fall activated’ baking gene makes it almost impossible for me to stay somewhat in shape past around September. I also have been known to go to my local organic grocery stores and stroll down the chocolate aisle on my own personal chocolate flavor adventure-no flavor combination has deterred me yet. Spice and chocolate, bacon and chocolate, popping candy and chocolate…whatever, bring it on, I’ve got this. One of my personal tests for a sweet treat is its ability once it hits my tongue to make me close my eyes and have them roll to the back of my head. That’s how you know it is good…
Chuao Chocolatier chocolate bars immediately caught my eye with their brilliant imagery on the wrappers. They say you eat with your eyes first right? Well chocolate dripping over anything is a solid win.
Since I have become a bit of a food snob I also have been flipping the bars over to read the chef’s story and get the synopsis of the chocolate journey I am about to go on. Once again Chuao knocks it out of the park. A wonderful story about how Chef Michael Antonorsi from Venezuela left his day job, went to Paris to study and discovered his heart was made of chocolate? Sir let me shake your hand.
But wait, it gets better-then you have ‘the experience’ on each bar. My favorite one is on the sweet & salty bar:
Sometimes it’s fun to get all dressed up. Other times you just want to rock that super soft tee & your worn in jeans. We get it; we have fancy days, too. But more often than not we crave Sweet & Salty, our comforting creamy milk chocolate bar swirled with just enough sea salt, because… well, sometimes simple is best.
I don’t know about you but I read that and was transported to my couch in snowflake pj’s purring like a kitten over some delicious chocolate and watching a delightful rom com.
So without further ado, let’s get down to some chocolate tasting.
I am an equal opportunity chocolate fan, milk, dark, white, it doesn’t matter for me, they all have beauty in what they are. That being said I felt that Chuao’s milk chocolate was perfect. It had the velvety, buttery smooth texture that makes you turn into a puddle as it melts in your mouth; however Chuao takes it a step further with their flavor. For me the true brilliance of their milk chocolate was the salt content of it, they use just the right amount to really have the flavors sing. My favorite flavors in order are:
- Pop Corn Pop-milk chocolate with popped corn and popping candy that instantly transports you to the best theater experience out there.
- Spicy Maya-Dark chocolate with cinnamon, chile, and cayenne. Before opening this one I thought it was going to be too hot, but yet again it was magical and perfect. I instantly had visions of the loveliest cups of Mexican hot chocolate, the cinnamon in it was exquisite, balancing the heat, sweetening the dark chocolate and creating such warmth all I could think of were mittens. And I love mittens.
- Orange-a-go-go – Dark chocolate with candied orange and orange bergamont. Once again I thought this one would not be on my top list as I am not a huge orange chocolate fan. I don’t dislike it, it just never seems to do anything for me. Continuing with their theme, Chuao has perfectly balanced flavors. This one was my husband’s favorite as well with its refreshing after taste.
Now that I love the chocolate, I was faced with the dreaded task of portion control. Chuao has solved this one for me too. Enter the Chocopods-smaller 50 some odd calorie bars the perfect size for your mid-day 5 minute get away chocolate fix.
I am not sure how many times in this post I have used brilliant, balanced, magical, and perfect, but those are my biggest takeaways with Chuao Chocolatier. Thank you Chuao Chocolatier for your blissful eye rolling flavors and your diet saving pods!