April 2016

Posted on May 9, 2016

Welcome to the April 2016 Mystery Chocolate Box!

This month, we don’t have any special announcements so let’s just dive right into it and see what we enjoyed this month…

 

Bar A

This bar was made by one of the top bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the United States, so we were super excited about being able to include one of their tastiest bars in this Mystery Chocolate Box.

Not only that, but this bar is made with a key difference versus most other chocolate bars: the cacao beans are unroasted, which gives the chocolate a slightly different flavor (chocolate making is a very complex process with many variables, each of which can totally change the outcome of the chocolate).

Anyway, what was bar A?

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Dark Chocolate with Mint & Nibs by Raaka Chocolate

See that wrapper? (Look above) That’s not your standard chocolate bar wrapper. It’s actually an eco-conscious wrapper that’s much more friendly to Mother Earth than your regular, run-of-the-mill chocolate wrapper. (To be more specific, the paper is made from recycled material, printed with soy inks, and processed with wind-generated energy.)

We said in your monthly letter that they are a very green chocolate maker, in more ways than one, so the tree-huggery doesn’t stop there.

They also donate their cacao husks to be used as fertilizer at a children’s gardening program — a very nice touch. There’s no doubt that these guys are making a positive difference.

 

Bar B

Speaking of chocolate makers that we enjoy, this bar was made by another of our favorites.

Why are they one of our favorites? Well, as crazy chocolate lovers, we love how they have many unique flavors that we haven’t seen anywhere else…

Like this bar.

It’s a milk chocolate bar, but it has flavors that we hadn’t yet tasted in milk chocolate….or dark chocolate, for that matter. So when we saw this bar, we knew we had to try it.

(Not only that, but this chocolate maker tends to switch up their offering quite frequently, so you have to jump on the bars you want otherwise you might check back and it’s gone!)

Try it we did…and we loved it!

And we’re hoping you did the same. Now let’s see what it was:

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40% Milk Chocolate with Ginger & Lemongrass by Artisan Du Chocolat

We’re all about crazy, bold flavors here, so the occasional bar that has more subtle inclusions is always a welcome change of pace. (Of course, we’d be completely fine if the flavors were twice as strong but maybe we’re just extreme…)

Now, about Artisan Du Chocolat. Like we mentioned above, they have this habit of cycling through their chocolate bars fairly often, which means the bars that they offer now might not be available next year (or 3 months from now, for that matter).

So we’re glad we were able to jump on this bar and include it for you this month…and we hope you are glad too!

 

Bar C

Now, we’ve arrived at the final bar in this Mystery Chocolate Box.

Our second milk chocolate bar of the bunch (normally we include two dark chocolate bars and one milk chocolate), we were secretly hoping this bar tasted like those chocolatey treats you can whip up in a couple minutes at home.

But you didn’t know what this bar was, so you didn’t know what to expect. So this is what Bar C was…

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Milk Chocolate With Pretzels by Chocolove

Sweet and salty lovers, this one was for you. Question…

Why are chocolate covered pretzels so common, but chocolate bars with pretzels are not common (this is the first one we’ve ever heard of)?

Kind of makes you think, doesn’t it? Well anyway, we’re glad Chocolove made this bar and we hope you are too!

That’s all for this month!

We hope you’re looking forward to next month. Let us know how you like this one in the comments :)

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