Monday, May 8, 2006

Dolfin: Anise and Red Pepper

For a long time I was looking for the Dolfin chocolate in two flavors - Green Aniseed and Red Peppercorn. I finally gave up on finding them in stores (and believe me, I’ve been to a lot of stores) and ordered online from Chocosphere (I recommend them).

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Both bars are dark chocolate (52% cacao) and feature more savory flavors than many other bars. I like the packaging because I know I’m not going to be able to finish a bar quickly and it enables me to save it and keep it fresh.

A L’Anis Vert - Dark Chocolate with Green Aniseed - I happen to love the combination of anise/licorice and chocolate. Anise is generally a milder flavor than licorice. In fact, it’s more of the licorice flavor without the sweetness. It’s mellow and woodsy with a little floral note to it. The anise also seems to bring out the vanilla notes in this chocolate. The bar is studded with aniseeds, which is sometimes a little clumsy as they can be quite fibery and crunchy. The anise flavor permeates the chocolate, so the flavor goes through and through with bursts of it around the seeds.

I know that the concept behind the Dolfin bars is that the spice or fruit is actually in there, but I might prefer just the flavor. I felt the same way about the mint bar I tried last year.

Au Poivre Rose - Dark Chocolate with Pink Peppercorn - this bar smells wonderfully peppery and slightly sweet. The chocolate is smooth, dark and has a slight bitter edge. There’s a slight burn to the whole thing and of course the mild hints of peppercorn throughout. The bar is also studded with peppercorns which give the bar a little crunch like a nibby bar with a spicy bite. It’s never unpleasantly hot though. It reminds me of carnations which always have that wonderful sweet spicy smell to them.

This one is definitely a winner in my book, but what’s fun is having them together. It’s a good flavor combination as they’re both woodsy, spicy flavors. I still prefer the chocolate from Dagoba but they don’t really have these flavor combinations, so it’ll never be an apples to apples comparison.

The best indication of tastiness when eating more than one bar is which one is finished first. The Red Peppercorn won by three sections.

Name: Red Pepper and Green Aniseed Dark Chocolate
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Dolfin
Place Purchased: Chocosphere.com
Price: $3.45 each plus shipping
Size: 2.47 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, Belgium, Dolfin

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Comments
  1. I think it’s Rocky Mountain Choc Factory that has some really good M&M candy things that are a combo of choc + licorice. i went thru a little addiction on those for a while

    Comment by tg on 5/08/06 at 8:30 am #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Yeah, a company called Koppers (kind of covered in the Fairway NYC post) makes those licorice chocolate lentils ... terribly dangerous things. I bought some last time I was at the Pittsburgh Airport.

    I just looked on their site and they do a cordial as well of Sambuca/Anisette, that sounds yummy! I’ve never seen a lot of the stuff they have on their site, maybe I can coax them to give me some samples when I’m at the All Candy Expo.

    http://kopperschocolate.com/products/index.htm

    I’ll have to check out the Rocky Mountain CF ... I see them around but the apples they have on display always scare me.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/08/06 at 8:37 am #
  3. Wow, just had a look on “Koppers’” website and that is possibly the most extensive range of a single product I’ve ever seen. Some really exciting flavours, definately gotta try and get hold of some.

    Comment by GTO on 5/08/06 at 9:47 am #
  4. Holy Moses, I just went to the Koppers site too and was both delighted and overwhelmed.  So much variation!  Odd though, that they don’t tell you where you can get them.

    Comment by Jesse on 5/08/06 at 12:21 pm #
  5. oh you are an enabling little minx for showing us that kopper’s site, cybele. i’d missed the fairway posting; so kopper’s milk balls are disappointing? but the mini ones are so cute. the mint ones sure look a lot like the choxie product…
    so “lentils” is what you call ‘em? i note a dark choc-licorice as well as a milk. (and a licorice caramel, too. and ... and ... and…)

    Comment by tg on 5/09/06 at 3:27 am #
  6. you have an awesome blog!! smile

    Comment by Kat on 5/09/06 at 3:34 am #
  7. I’ve been waiting to try these for a while (just waiting for the right mood to take me) and I’ll have to be sure to try them together.

    And the Koppers site… it broke my brain.  That’s amazing variety there.

    Comment by william on 5/09/06 at 5:57 am #

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