The Chocolate Thread

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  1. Gina B

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    What does chocolate mean to you?

    What is your favorite chocolate?

    Sweet? Savory? Spicy?

    There are so many varieties!

    My latest discovery is NewTree Chocolate...specifically, their dark chocolate bar with thyme, grilled flax seeds, and crisped rice. http://www.newtree.com/en_us/shop/chocolate-bars/thyme-bar.html

    My first bite threw me for a loop. It was unexpected! I wasn't quite sure what to think, so of course, I had to try more in order to formulate a decent opinion.

    Mmmmm....yummy!

    I've also tried their regular dark chocolate bar and it is just as addictive as the one with thyme.

    Unlike many other chocolate bars available in the United States, this one gives you a burst of flavor without any lingering residue in your mouth. It's clean and pure with no waxy or oily feel after you swallow.

    Now, I did buy this at one of those types of stores that sells such items for low cost...usually because the item is being discontinued or some slight error in packaging has occurred.

    I checked it out and discovered a horrible rumor. Word on the internet street is that the NewTree dark chocolate bar with thyme is being discontinued.

    This falls in line with most of my chocolate experiences. Before this, my favorite chocolate bar was one which contained a filling made of red hot chili peppers combined with cherries to make a sweet, spicy filling. I can no longer find it on the market.

    It seems as if our country isn't ready for the true taste of chocolate. That saddens me. If only we could get people to try more pure forms of chocolate, I think this could change and we'd have a wider selection to choose from.

    There is a certain, extremely popular brand of chocolate that I detest. To me, it smells like vomit and tastes weird. I've detected that odor in other chocolates, but never so much in the particular popular brand that I so very much dislike. Why does it smell like that? Why does it taste so gross to me?

    I wanted to know, so I checked it out. My brief study on chocolate making taught me that the brand in question, among certain others, uses sour milk in their product to give it a longer shelf life. However, the effect of souring milk is that it releases butyric acid. Butyric acid is released in vomit. It also is what makes people's noses wrinkle when they stand too close behind someone who just ate a bad burrito and is doing their best impression of a fog horn.

    No wonder it makes my toes curl to smell this in something a company expects me to eat! For them, it means they're saving money by not using as much cocoa butter. For me as a mother, it simply makes me want to throw a cloth bib over my shoulder and burp the poor candy bar.

    I'm currently in the process of discovering and trying the many different uses for chocolate, such as for desserts, standing alone, mixed into sauces for meats, or used in powder form and mixed with chili pepper powder to use in drinks or cooking. It's a fun trip and I look forward to continuing to learn.

    So, those are my thoughts on chocolate.

    What are yours?
     
  2. Benjamin

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    I love to get my fix with: Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate...!!!

    Nothing but: "cream, skim milk, sugar, cocoa powder processed with alkali, egg yolks"

    I'm surprised this stuff is legal!
     
  3. billwald

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    >There is a certain, extremely popular brand of chocolate that I detest.

    The one that smells like plastic?

    I like plain unsweetened cooking chocolate just fine.
     
  4. Arbo

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    :thumbsup: Bitter is better.
     
  5. TCassidy

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    My doctor prescribed dark, unsweetened chocolate to raise my HDL which is chronically low. The only medication I look forward to taking! :D:D
     
  6. Melanie

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    The 2 major choccy brands here in NZ are Cadbury which comes from its factory in Australia and the NZ Whittaker. I discovered the 2nd before leaving OZ and decided that it was my preferred brand.

    Interestingly, the "C" brand has reduced its quantity but not its price, whilst the other brand has done neither.

    I buy what is on special these days so none of the more elite brands get a look in.

    My brother bought some spectacular chocolate when in Germany....it was called "Die Koniglichen".....it was the best I had ever tasted.
     
  7. Gina B

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    We have Cadbury here, but it's not one of my favorites. I wonder if they make it any different for marketing here or perhaps they just don't sell the same types. Here, Cadbury is mostly sold at Easter (Cadbury eggs are popular here) and the rest of the time, I usually only see about three or four types of chocolate bars. The one with fruit and nuts is decent, the rest of the stuff is "eh."
     
  8. Melanie

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    I almost fell over when I discovered a popular NZ choc called "Scroggin"

    What the......

    I believe the tramping brigade regard it as a standard in their packs!
     

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