Monday, September 26, 2005

The Chocolate Traveler Bittersweet Chocolate Wedges

Name: Bittersweet Chocolate Wedges
Brand: The Chocolate Traveler
Place Purchased: Trader Joe’s
Price: $2.29
Size: 3.5 oz
Calories per ounce: 149
Type: Chocolate

I’ve seen these tins at Trader Joe’s for about a year. While I was fond of the idea of a tin of chocolate instead of a foil wrapped bar, I just didn’t get a good feeling from the package. I was worried that the chocolate would taste tinny or perhaps be chalky.

Happily, as you can see from photo the wedges are shiny dark chocolate with a good snap to them. They’re simply bittersweet Belgian chocolate that’s been repackaged here in the states in Chinese made tins.

The chocolate is 70% cocoa solids but it’s still rather sweet for bittersweet. The sugar is most apparent upon first resting a bit on the tongue. Then it melts pretty easily with only a slightly uneven grain to it. It’s got good chocolate notes, mostly in the lower, earthy range without the higher acidic and fruit notes. The smoky quality is there as are the woodsy tones. The cocoa butter is really nice and light and allows the flavor to spread easily, there is only a slightly dry finish to it.

The grain is a little distracting and the sugar a little too apparent. However, I did just what the package shows, I traveled with this chocolate, putting it in my bag and taking it on a humongous two-day road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back and it not only weathered it well, it was a welcome treat.

Rating - 7 out of 10 (I’m keen on trying the flavored chocolate wedges, too)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:17 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewTrader Joe'sChocolate7-Worth ItBelgiumUnited States

Comments
  1. I just bought a tin of this last week for a chocolate connoisseur visiting from Central America - it was the tin that got me. But I also bought a bar of Scharffen Berger and Dagoba as backups grin.

    Comment by Jenn on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. I got these as a gift back in May. I thought they were yummy and I kept the tin. It’s cool looking.

    Comment by Shelly on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. i love the size of them.  perfect for a little pick-me-up.  i buy them all the time.  i usually don’t risk eating the whole thing like i do with a whole bar.  plus they’re great to put in your purse…

    Comment by amy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    I’m trying to think what to put in the tin when I’m done ... probably m&ms; or something.

    Why doesn’t anybody make an upscale M&M?

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #

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