Monday, July 28, 2008

Christopher Elbow: No. 6 - Dark Rocks

Christopher Elbow Dark RocksI picked up this Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolate bar in San Francisco a few months ago and have been saving it for a time when I need a little sparkle.

Elbow is known for his inventive combinations of spices, fruits and savories with chocolate. His bonbons are distinguished by their bold and bright patterns. His bars, on the other hand are subdued and understated and dare I say lacking any pretension that a bonbon piece named Strawberry-Balsamic Caramel might connote (or my favorite from Elbow right now is the Venezuelan Spices Chocolate Pecan Turtle).

Instead his bars are numbered, currently 1 through 12. I picked up No. 6 Dark Rocks which features 61% dark chocolate blended with popping candy.

The bar is anything but intimidating. The fresh brown & aqua box protects the sizable 3.5 ounce bar well. It’s wrapped inside with a simple silver aluminium foil. (A little thin for me, I like a foil I can wrap and unwrap a few times before it falls to bits.)

Christopher Elbow Dark Rocks

The bar is simple looking, just 24 little sections. No logo, no letters, no names.

It’s a glossy dark brown with a good snap to it. The little popping candies are easily seen in a cross section, though don’t look quite as dense as the Pop Rocks Bar.

The chocolate is smooth and on the sweet side but has a wonderful buttery quality that sets this apart from any other pop rocks confection I’ve had to date.

Letting the chocolate melt means that the pops come out as a little background sizzle. Munching the bar means that they crackle and hiss. Either way is certainly a different experience.

They’re expensive at $7 a bar, but of course not your every day fare. A fun bar to share, especially for a special occasion.

There are plenty of other bars that caught my eye on the list though, so I’m more likely to experiment (I’m likely to go for the white chocolate with nibs next) before buying this again. But I have a few friends who adore this bar and still others that I would consider gifting this in the future.

Name: No. 6 - Dark Rocks
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Christopher Elbow Chocolates
Place Purchased: Elbow Chocolate Lounge (San Francisco)
Price: $7.00
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Carbonated, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:52 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. The little taste that I had of this was lovely. I wish I could find Elbow’s chocolates around where I am!

    Comment by Sera on 7/28/08 at 9:51 am #
  2. Thanks for reviewing this! I’ve always wanted to get this bar when I was still living in the Bay Area, but was waiting for your review of it. How does this compare to Chuao’s pop rock candy bonbon?

    I’ve had a sample of Christopher Elbow’s No. 2 Dark Spice during the SF Chocolate Salon and it’s pretty nice (not overwhelmingly spicy), so you may wanna give that a try as well! smile

    Comment by Verena on 7/28/08 at 5:23 pm #
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