Friday, January 17, 2014

Ghirardelli Dark and Mint

Ghirardelli Dark & MintGhirardelli Dark & Mint is part of a new line of small, single serve bars introduced by the California-based chocolate maker.

I found the bars at Walgreen’s on a dedicated display for Ghirardelli just before Christmas. They also come in Milk & Caramel, but that day I had a craving for something sophisticated and not-too-sweet.

The bar is square, which echos the little pieces, but a little thicker than their usual filled confections. It’s 1.3 ounces, so it’s right there as a single serving (it’s 170 calories) and I picked it up on sale for $1.00.

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They’re about 2.75 inches square, and sectioned into four pieces. Each piece is well segmented, meaning that you can snap it apart easily and the reservoir of minty fondant is completely contained.

The bar has a rich cocoa smell, it’s a bit woodsy and herbal with a nice hint of fresh peppermint.

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The fondant is creamy and flowing, but quite liquid. It’s very sweet but has a well rounded peppermint flavor that’s more like peppermint tea than straight peppermint oil. The dark chocolate isn’t too intense but has a bittersweet quality that keeps the whole thing from getting too throat-searing sticky. The wrapper doesn’t say what the cacao content is, but I’d put it at about 60%.

It’s not a revolutionary bar, but the convenience of a single serving for just a buck is nice. I like the big 3.5 ounce bars, but I don’t like the monotony of eating a whole one and it’s often hard to get enough consensus in this “too many choices” world for everyone to want that chocolate bar at that moment with me. I’d like to see this line expanded. I like the Ghirardelli style much better than Dove or Hershey’s at this price point, but sometimes I want a milk chocolate and crisped rice bar.

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  3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Honey Mints
  4. Dove Cookies and Creme + Ghirardelli Cookies Jubilee
  5. Sun Cups Dark Chocolate Mint Cups
  6. Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree
  7. Ritter Sport Peppermint
  8. Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Crisp


Name: Dark & Mint
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Ghiradelli
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $1.00 (on sale)
Size: 1.3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 131
Categories: Candy, Ghirardelli, Chocolate, Fondant, Kosher, Mints, 8-Tasty, United States, Walgreen's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:37 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewGhirardelliChocolateFondantKosherMints8-TastyUnited StatesWalgreen's

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