Posted on January 6, 2017
Welcome to the last Mystery Chocolate Box of 2016!
Let’s see what we closed the year out with (before we dive into our January 2017 box, of course!)
This is one of those bars that we knew was going to be good just by the inclusions. Well, we suppose there’s always a chance that the chocolate maker could have totally messed it up even with the dreamy list of included flavors, but those odds are pretty small. (Although I’ve seen it happen before!)
Anyway, we actually wanted to include this bar in an earlier Mystery Chocolate Box, but the month we tried they were out of stock. So, we had to put it on the shelf until another good time came around, and it finally did this month.
Now, the big question is…did they pull it off? Did the enticing list of inclusions deliver a delicious chocolate bar?
Well, you’ve tasted it, so it’s all up to you!
Actually, there’s another big question…
What exactly was this chocolate bar? Time to finally find out…
74% Dark Chocolate with Beaucoup Berries (Cranberries & Cherries) by Dagoba
Can you see how that list of ingredients would make you instantly want to try the bar? Chocolate with cranberries, cherries, and vanilla. Wow!
(Hopefully, I’m not too personally biased. Cranberries and cherries are two of my personal favorite fruits to combine with chocolate.)
Oh, and for the record, we thought they did pull it off — it was a delicious chocolate bar!
This was a bar that came from a land far, far away. (And we know that because we only ship to the United States, for the most part!) You probably won’t guess where (unless you already knew this chocolate maker).
And it’s also a fairly exotic inclusion. Not because the inclusion is all that exotic (it’s actually quite common, and something you probably have in your pantry), but it’s one that usually isn’t used in chocolate bars. If it is used, it’s almost always as an alternative sweetener rather than an actual flavor inclusion.
All that said, in this bar, we think they nailed it. Not too much of the flavor to overwhelm the chocolate, but not so little that it tastes exactly the same as a regular chocolate bar. Rather, they got the perfect blend that brings out the essence of the chocolate and then twists it with the subtle flavor of…
68% Dark Chocolate with Honey by Chocolate Naive
Okay, two things here.
One… Yes, it’s just honey! While we have seen one or two bars out there that have honeycomb as an inclusion, this is the only one that simply has honey as the flavor (and it’s not there simply as a sweetener). So we thought that was pretty cool!
Two… If you haven’t yet, now you can say you’ve had a chocolate bar made in Lithuania! (the aforementioned far away land).
The reason I say “if you haven’t yet” is because this actually isn’t the first Lithuanian chocolate bar that we’ve included! In the November 2015 box, we included the Dark Chocolate with Spices and in the September 2016 box we included Dark Milk Chocolate with Tahini & Roasted Sesame — both by Mulate Chocolate, also a Lithuanian chocolate maker.
Alright, on to the last bar in the box…
Can we be a bit honest here?
While we were looking forward very much to tasting this bar simply based on the reputation of the chocolate maker, we were a little unsure about how it would really be. We thought there was a chance that the inclusions might not make a great chocolate bar (it sounds like it would make a great parfait though!).
However, those small worries were definitely put to rest after trying it. One bite in, and we knew it. They had managed to create another winner. And we knew we had to share it with you.
Let’s see what it was!
Milk Chocolate with Lime & Granola by NEWTREE
This is the fifth NEWTREE bar that we’ve included, so obviously we’re big fans of theirs! (That might also be a record!)
Whenever you get a chance to try a NEWTREE bar, take it. Words of wisdom.
But anyway, back to this bar. We loved the crunch provided by the granola — a slightly different crunch from nuts, which is a much more common crunchy chocolate inclusion. And the lime managed to accentuate both the chocolate AND the granola flavor. Job very well done.
And that’s all for the last Mystery Chocolate Box of 2016!
Hope you loved it and, more importantly, are ready to continue enjoying the Mystery Chocolate Box experience in 2017.
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