Friday, April 22, 2005

Noir au Grue de Cacao

Name: Noir au Grue de Cacao
Brand: Michel Cluizel
Place Purchased: Garden of Eden (Manhattan)
Price: $5.45 (yow!)
Size: 3.5 oz
Calories per ounce: 180
Type: Chocolate

Michel Cluizel has been mentioned to me a few times as the epitome of fine, dense chocolate. I’ve looked at it quite a few times in the shops but have always been hesitant because of the price. Really, at $1.55 per ounce, this stuff better be pretty good.

It’s nicely packaged, I like things in boxes instead of flimsy paper, especially for something that I’m not going to finish in one sitting. The scent of the chocolate is positively gorgeous. Chocolately, rich and with a hint of coffee.

The bar I chose is a standard dark chocolate with bits of cocoa nibs in it. I’ve had this sort of bar before (I’ll try to find that bar again, because I really liked it) and was looking forward to the mix of textures and taste density.

My first two squares were disappointing. I think I hit a bad patch of nibs, because they tasted very musty. But, upon revisiting it the next day, I found that the chocolate was very smooth with an excellent contrast of the crunchy nibs. Overall I think that the addition of the nibs if more of a novelty than an actual enhancement. I like nuts in my chocolate, or raisins or, jeeze, just about anything. But I don’t like things in my chocolate that don’t add to the experience.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:08 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMichel CluizelChocolateNibs6-TemptingFrance

Comments
  1. Nibs?

    I don’t know of these nibs you speak of, but if they are occasionally “musty” or just a “novelty” I think I’ll spend my five bucks elsewhere.

    Thanks!

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. Your reviews taught me what nibs are, but I think I’m with russ on this one.  (Plus I’m broke.)

    Comment by Sophia on 11/11/06 at 7:22 pm #

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