Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Craves Chocolate Sticks

Last year I reviewed some chocolate barks and enrobed goodies from Best Regards. Robert Duensing prides himself on his Signature Blend of chocolate, which is part milk and part dark and all creamy delicious.

He sent me a bunch of his new product months ago, Craves Chocolate Sticks, which come in three different flavors: Chocolate, Orange and Mint.

Each little clear plastic tube is crammed with these chocolate sticks. Each is easy to pull out and have a little bite; two or three sticks make a respectable portion. Dare I say they’re a little feminine? It’s the same amount as a square of chocolate, it just feels dainty and restrained.

I’ve had them in or on my desk for the past few months and find myself really drawn to the simplicity. Less wrapper to deal with, easier to take bites out of than a big tablet and rather pleasant to look at when not being consumed.

The plain chocolate is sweet but very creamy. It doesn’t have the rich dark notes that true dark chocolate has, but it does have a drier finish than a milk chocolate. The small amount of milk component to it does keep it smooth and creamy, but without the overt dairy tastes.

The orange is a light touch. One of my favorite combinations, it’s just a hint of zesty flavor.

The mint is refreshing, a little on the mild side and not quite pepperminty, but still allows the chocolate flavors to come through.

I honestly didn’t think I was going to like these much. Other than the different shape than most chocolates, I didn’t think there’d be much to it. However, the packaging is spare and lets the chocolate do the legwork and the little sticks are probably my new favorite shape for chocolate snacking.

This is something that would be great to get in a gift basket because it just begs to be eaten. They’d be a nice thing to set out with coffee service after a meal as well.

The Chocolate Sticks were a huge hit at my office, one of the most requested items if they weren’t sitting out (yes, I have a bunch of candy sitting on the corner of my desk at all times for folks to come and sample). Best Regards also redesigned their packaging for the chocolate barks (I loved the orange and cranberry one) which is more in keeping with the upscale position of these candies (though at a moderate price).

There’s also a raspberry flavor that I haven’t tried before (but I’ve had the Raspberry Bark). I’d like to be able to find these easily at Whole Foods or gourmet stores instead of ordering. Contains milk and soy ingredients and processed in a facility along with nuts and wheat.

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Name: Craves Chocolate Sticks: Chocolate, Mint & Orange
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Best Regards
Place Purchased: samples from Best Regards
Price: $6.00
Size: 6 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:05 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. why no cinnamon covered ones?? candy cinnamon and chocolate is one of my favourite pairings, seems like this would be a perfect format for that combo…

    Comment by gwen on 8/15/07 at 12:39 pm #
  2. I’ve had these and I think they’re woderful.  I’m a sucker for chocolate with orange or mint.  Cinnamon, not so much.

    Comment by Dave on 8/17/07 at 4:08 pm #
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