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Bite of the Week: Seattle Chocolates “Here’s To You” Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar

Bite of the Week: Seattle Chocolates “Here’s To You” Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar

Seattle Chocolates knows that chocolate is “one of life’s fabulous little pleasures.” The company, run by CEO Jean Thompson (also of jcoco fame), focuses on honest ingredients, premium chocolate, and celebrating life. That commitment goes beyond the bar—both Seattle Chocolates and jcoco aim to curb hunger by partnering with local food banks in four major cities across the country. To date, the companies have donated over 1,000,000 servings of fresh food in the Pacific Northwest, Bay Area, New York City, and Boston.

 

It may be a serious cause, but it’s seriously fun chocolate. Brightly colored packaging wraps around inventive flavors like Pike Place Espresso and Birthday Cake Batter, ranging from simple to surprising. The most celebratory of all, though, is the Seattle Chocolates “Here’s To You” Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar.

 

Seattle Chocolates “Here’s To You” Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar

 

Taking the first bite, the dark chocolate truffle melts in a rich wave. It’s full, creamy, and decadent—exactly how a truffle aspires to satisfy. At first, I didn’t get any champagne effect (which would’ve been okay, because the truffle is so delectable), but I pressed my tongue on the roof of my mouth, and suddenly got fireworks! Popping candy perfectly emulates the festive feel of bubbly champagne. Once the fizzy fun starts, it keeps going for a minute in pure delight. There’s no other way to say it: this feels like sparklers dancing inside your mouth. The effect isn’t so explosive that it’s distracting, but it’s incredibly fun.

 

Overall, the blend of dark and milk chocolate makes for an indulgent creamy chocolate experience, and truffles add body without being too overwhelming. Popping candy adds an incredibly unique effect that makes it a completely celebratory confection. I highly recommend this for a gift, whether for a graduation, job promotion, marriage, or thank you!

 

Pick up the “Here’s To You” bar and celebrate. Cheers!

Bite of the Week: jcoco Cayenne Veracruz Orange in White Chocolate

Bite of the Week: jcoco Cayenne Veracruz Orange in White Chocolate

Photo by Jackie Donnelly via Spice & Ink

 

Jean Thompson, CEO of Seattle Chocolates, created jcoco as a luxury chocolate bar line. (The "j" stands for Jean.) It has several memorable flavor pairings, my favorite of which is this unique white chocolate bar with cayenne spice and orange oil.

 

I admit that I’ve grown weary of heat in chocolate. I feel like it’s been overdone, boosted way back in 2000 with the movie “Chocolat,” when Juliette Binoche’s character, a nomadic chocolatier, makes Mayan Hot Chocolate (drinking chocolate with hot peppers). 16 years later, it’s still trending. While it’s a classic pairing that will likely not go out of vogue anytime soon, it isn’t something I gravitate toward anymore.

 

That said, I decided to try this bar simply because it came in my initial Chococurb box. Also, I’m on a white chocolate kick. So few craft chocolate companies really nail a great white chocolate, but I’m happy to report that jcoco does it with aplomb. This particular white has such a unique blend of flavor inclusions, too. It’s very balanced; no single ingredient dominates. First a sweet orange flavor hits you, but in a dreamy, almost lighthearted way. Then comes the vanilla with the richness of the cocoa butter adding depth to the orange, with a subtle warmth of cayenne pulling up the rear. The cayenne is never overwhelming or intimidating, only artfully balancing its flavor against the citrus and vanilla for a perfect ménage à trois. There’s even a hint of salt at the finish.

 

Not only is the flavor luscious, but so is the presentation. Solid, bold-colored, luxury-brand packaging with three one-ounce portion-control bars inside, each wrapped in artistic paper and copper foil. The molded designs on the bars are elegant, and the thickness and texture of the bars are perfect for proper tasting.

 

This woman-owned business has also put time and care into making its bars all-natural, gluten-free, kosher, and non-GMO, as well as giving back to the community with sales from each bar. Even the price is reasonable for a gobsmackingly great luxury bar with all natural ingredients.

 

Don’t take my word for it, though. Get a few bars for yourself—and for gifts.