June 4, 2014

{Review} Chuao Chocolate Bars

I know it's been awhile, but I've got some tasty chocolate bars to tell you about today... and what better way to jump in and get your attention than with chocolate?  Am I right, or what?

The lovely folks at Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-wow - cute, right?) sent me some samples of their chocolate bars and I'm never one to turn down a chance to taste something new and wonderful when it comes to chocolate.

I'm actually very happy these bars arrived before I started back on Weight Watchers, although I'd say they are worth saving a few points to indulge in a half or quarter serving to satisfy a sweet craving.

I received all four bars pictured above.  The chocolate in each bar is smooth and is of high quality.  and was created by Chef Michael Antonorsi, a Master Chocolatier (now that's a title I'd love to have, but I think you have to do more than just nibble on chocolate to achieve it!).  Each flavor combination is simple yet, packs enough of a punch to deserve the name the bar was given.

Of the four bars, my favorite one was the pretzel toffee twirl.  First of all, how can you go wrong with pretzels, dark chocolate and buttery toffee?  You can't, if you ask me.  The toffee is subtle, but definitely a highlight of this bar with actual mini pretzels pressed into the back of the bar.

Next, I sampled the ooh ahh almond bar and loved that the almonds were salted and combined with dark chocolate for an utterly perfect way to satisfy both the sweet and salty craving.  Now, if sweet and salty is your thing, you also have a milk chocolate way to go if dark chocolate doesn't appeal to you... the sweet & salty bar, which keeps things as simple as can be with a hint of sea salt throughout the bar.

My least favorite was the oh my s'mores bar.  I felt with the addition of the mini marshmallows embedded in the bottom of the bar it was simply too sweet.  Not that it tasted bad, but it was a bit much for me.  What I did like was that there were crushed graham cracker crumbs within the chocolate which gave it a nice crunch.

As I was preparing to write this post, I wanted to check to see how easy these bars would be to find... and they are sold at many national retailers, such as Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.  They are a bit pricy ($6 a bar) for an everyday treat, but would make a lovely addition to a gift basket for that someone special.

Disclaimer:  While I received samples of the chocolate bars to taste so that I could write a review, all opinions are my own.  Photo courtesy of Chuao Chocolatier.

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.

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