I went to the Belmont Stakes a while ago, and obviously I brought chocolate. And obviously my friends did too.
Here is one chocolate:
I've never been much of a fan of nuts in my chocolate. I honestly did not particularly appreciate the almonds in this bar. But I must say that I didn't really mind them too much. The chocolate was really excellent -- Theo always does a great job -- and the nuts were unobtrusive. The chocolateyness, as always, was key.
The biggest disappointed was the Noi Sirius 45% bar. Especially because I love Noi Sirius. Really, it was my fault. I saw 45% and expected milk chocolate. I tend to prefer dark to milk, but sometimes I am in the mood for milk chocolate. But here's the thing: 45% dark chocolate is way too sweet. As someone used to 90%+, this was difficult for me to eat in the way I imagine my high-percentage bars are difficult for the lay chocolate eater.
I did manage to succeed in getting one bar of milk chocolate: The Wild Ophelia Southern Hibiscus Peach bar.
It was 41% chocolate -- almost as much cacao as in the Noi Sirius -- but with the milk and peach, it had way less sugar. The peach was honestly a bit too subtle -- which may have been a blessing as this was a weird experiment -- but the bar was delicious, and we wolfed it down in about 5 seconds.
Next came the Patric Columbia Art Bar, which was just a 70% dark chocolate bar with a fancy name.
This was a solid chocolate bar -- definitely recommended -- but not as good as the Mint OMG.
Last, we went with the Jelina Chocolatier "Noir Dark" 72%. I am always dubious of companies that use high-percentage sounding names for mid-percentage bars. But good thing I did not prejudge here.
This was probably the best bar of the bunch, at least in my opinion. It was not too fancy, but had a nice rich taste. I look forward to trying more Jelina-brand bars in the future!
Bottom Line: This might not sound like the most successful haul, but if you knew how badly I did at the race track, you'd see how this was sort of the highlight of my afternoon.