Monday, February 13, 2006

Orange Blossom Chocolate

Sometimes it’s packaging that keeps me coming back to a product line.

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I just love these little cans and medallions of chocolate. I’m not fond of the price, but in this case it was a gift. It’s the last of the flavors from Splendid Specialties that I needed to try. Tea is pretty high up there as a flavor in my Pantheon.

The disks of chocolate are wrapped in orange foil and stamped with a little leaf emblem. The chocolate is sweet and milky and has a strong but still soft orange component. The black tea flavors come from actual black tea leaves in the chocolate. These aren’t terribly distracting from the smooth quality of the chocolate but they do provide a fair amount of grit from time to time.

What I appreciate about this combination is that there’s no clove in there. Most orange/tea combos end up with clove in the mix, which I just don’t like.

The tea flavors linger in the mouth in a good way, but I think I still prefer the Jasmine one I tried first last spring. The packaging makes it ideal for carrying on trips because it can’t get crushed easily. Or perhaps put it in a picnic basket - there are six pieces in each little can and it’s resealable. I wish Splendid Specialties would tackle dark chocolate. I think all their flavors would be equally compelling mixed in some smooth and bitter Belgian chocolate. But let’s face it, this is special occasion chocolate, at $3.00 - $3.50 for ounce and a half, I’d rather get a Dagoba bar.

For reference I tried Jasmine Green Tea Chocolate (8 out of 10) and Emperor’s Ginger Tea Chocolate (7 out of 10).

Name: Orange Blossom Tea Chocolate
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Splendid Specialties
Place Purchased: gift (bought at Peet's Coffee)
Price: $3.50
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Chocolate, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:36 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. There’s also a chai tea flavor.

    Comment by Andrew Waks on 2/14/06 at 5:29 am #
  2. I’m not sure where there’s a Peet’s around here, but I’m going to find one. These sound fantastic.

    Comment by Bruce Anderson on 2/14/06 at 11:11 am #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Andrew - yeah, I suspect the Chai has clove in it, but I probably won’t buy it anytime soon.

    Bruce - check Cost Plus World Market, I’ve definitely seen this line there (and for less).

    Comment by Cybele on 2/14/06 at 2:55 pm #

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