Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Godiva Chocoiste Pearls

Since I knew I was going to be traveling, I thought I’d pick up some easy to carry chocolate for my trip a few weeks ago. I know that I’m guilty of ignoring Godiva here on the blog, even though it’s a major upscale brand of chocolate here in the United States, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to give some of their chocolate a go.

Godiva introduced their Chocoiste line which features all sorts of fun goodies that are convenient to carry for a little pick-me-up and sold at lots of stores, not just their outlets.

Godiva Chocoiste Chocolate Pearls

I chose the Godiva Chocoiste Dark Chocolate Pearls as a way to experience their dark chocolate without any of the muss of fuss of their fancy boxes.

The tin is lovely, tall and narrow with an elegant simplicity and holds 1.5 ounces.

I ran into trouble quickly though. I couldn’t and still can’t get the frelling thing open. Once I did get it open, my thumbtips were sore and this experience repeated each bowb-bowb time I wanted to try a little more. (I even thought it’d losen up, but after three weeks with this frakking thing, I feel like I’m demonstrating my inability to learn from my ficky-fick mistakes and I should just dump them into a ziploc.)

Each of the little pearls are the size of garden peas. Glossy and dark, they are attractive and ready to prove they’re spherical by rolling around the airplane tray table. (Yes, I put down a napkin first, I do have some standards of sanitation.) Luckily they also sit easily on my keyboard near lesser used keys.

The dark chocolate isn’t particularly dark (and contains dairy products like butteroil and milk) but is mellow and rich with a smooth melt. It’s certainly a step up from M&Ms, but at this price ($3.95 a tin) it’s hardly worth it. I would enjoy the tin if it weren’t so expletively frustrating.

Though I tried the dark chocolate first, I spent more time with the Godiva Chocoiste Dark Chocolate Pearls with Mint simply because the tin worked. It opened easily but stayed snapped shut firmly during all my travels.

The pearls looked exactly the same as the plain dark chocolate ones. They smelled like freshly crushed peppermint and spearmint leaves. The chocolate was smooth and had a cool touch of mint that tasted absolutely fresh and authentic.

Both pearl varieties use a resinous glaze, so are unsuitable for strict vegetarians.

Godiva also makes a Mandarin Orange version of the Dark Chocolate that I think I would like very much. Their other versions include Milk Chocolate Pearls, White Chocolate Pearls and Milk Chocolate Caffe Latte Pearls. Other items in the Chocoiste line include chocolate panned nuts & fruits, and solid chocolate bars.

I can see these being a nice gift item or stocking stuffer and the tins are wonderfully shaped and reusable (you could stuff your iPod earbuds in there or just refill with some other treat of your choice). As an everyday item, in this economy and most others I’ve experienced, I’d have to pass.

Other Chocoiste reviews: Sugar Hog tried the Milk Chocolate Domes, The Eating Well tried the Raspberry Bar and Food Mayhem sampled many of the Chocoiste products.

Related Candies

  1. Godiva Spring Pearls
  2. Russell Stover Color Me Candies
  3. Hershey-ets
  4. Chuao Chocolate Blocks from LEGOLAND
  5. Hershey’s Special Dark Pieces
  6. M&Ms Premiums
Name: Chocoiste Dark Chocolate Pearls & Dark Chocolate Pearls with Mint
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Godiva
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market
Price: $2.95 each
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 140
Categories: Chocolate, Mint, United States, Godiva, Kosher

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

  1. Bowb-bowb, ficky-fick

    Haha, what? You don’t happen to watch Pushing Daisies, do you?

    Comment by Laura on 10/28/08 at 9:42 am #
  2. Sorry about your tin woes. I purchased (way too) many of the dark mint tins and never had a problem. Except now I have a bunch of adorable tins I can’t dispose of cluttering my life. If these were cheaper, I’d still be indulging. The mint pearls are wonderful. And I’m not a fan of Godiva chocolate.

    Comment by KateC on 10/28/08 at 11:18 am #
  3. I have also tried both of the flavours you have mentioned, and I think that you just got a bad tin. The hinge at the back is probably too tight, and won’t swivel.

    You can buy these chocolates not only at the Godiva stores here, but also at “chapters” and “indigo” - Our answer to Borders, if i’m not mistaken.

    Love your site, i’ve been lurking for almost a year, but this is my first comment, i believe. If you are looking for Canadian chocolates or candies to review, let me know, i can always find a location for you!

    Comment by Liz B on 10/29/08 at 5:21 am #
  4. I’m going to chime in with the “you must have gotten a bad tin” crowd.  I had a tin of the milk chocolate pearls and they were goooooood.  Never had a problem opening the tin, but it bounced around in my tote bag without opening on its own, either.

    Your blog is one of my favorites.  Thank you!!!

    Comment by Dragon P on 10/29/08 at 9:17 am #
  5. Heh, how bizarre. Just finished a tin of these today. And I agree with what has been said above, you must’ve had a tricky tin!
    I also think the product might differ slightly between the US and Europe - the dark pearls I had contained no dairy products. The price is significantly different too! I paid around 4 euros! Slightly extortionate, but good if you need a high quality chocolate hit to travel safely in your purse.

    Comment by Jadey on 10/29/08 at 2:52 pm #
  6. I’m sitting at my desk eating a tin of these as we speak.  No trouble with the tins, but I can’t say this is the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever had.  And at Pier One a tin is $4!! Can you believe?  However, yesterday I found them on sale and paid .80 cents for them.  Which is about all they’re worth…except for the tin.

    Comment by Amy on 1/11/10 at 9:41 am #
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