Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chocolate Bars from Argentina

Here at Chocolate NYC, we are lucky to have supportive friends. Sometimes they will even support us by buying us chocolate. Sometimes the chocolate they buy us is bad, but we eat it anyway, because it is still chocolate. And at least they warn us in advance.

We recently received this in the mail from Veronica, a friend of Chocolate NYC:

Here is the email she sent in advance of the package:

I am in Argentina. I just had the a (what I thought was going to be) reasonable conversation with someone at the neighborhood chocolate shop (the chocolate in Argentina is mediocre to TERRIBLE which I've always known):

me: where is this chocolate from?
her: well, we make it in Argentina but import the cacao
me: from where
her: I think Brazil or Colombia (while looking at me like an insane person).

Note: this is a store that EXCLUSIVELY SELLS CHOCOLATE.

So we were fully prepared: this was going to be pretty bad.

Indeed, it was. The amargo tasted like dark chocolate crossed with medicine. The aftertaste was the grossest part. Next we tried the semi-amargo. David immediately commented, "This is way worse."

But we still ate it. Even though it tasted like medicine. I mean, at the end of the day, it is chocolate.

BOTTOM LINE: Argentina is not the place to go to buy bars of chocolate. But Veronica reports they do better with gelato, so if you go to Argentina and get desperate, maybe try that route, instead.


  1. Have to admit - I wasn't even willing to try it - I just KNEW it was going to be bad. Next time: a better destination.

  2. Ok, so I have been in the office for a very long time, but this has either given me some nice perspective or made me go completely out of my mind. I've been here long enough that I've finished the 4 other bars of dark chocolate I brought to work and have just started up on the remnants of this. Here's the thing. And Leila said it, but I'm not sure it really came through: it's still chocolate. Like, they may not have tempered it at all, and they may have tried to cover up for that fact by coating the chocolate in a thin layer of plastic/wax/confectioner's glaze, but at the end of the day it is approximately infinite times more chocolate than a gummy bear.