Choxie Coffee Toffee Truffle Bar

January 28, 2008

Chocolate + Coffee = Happiness

I have many favorite combinations, but chocolate and coffee are high up. I’ve already had great luck with Frey’s Café and Cacao and Choxie’s Kona Coffee Bar. I’m pleased to report that this is another great coffee bar to add to the list. Yes, my preference for the flavor contributes to the high ratings, but that’s just the way it works!

This bar is milk chocolate with a creamy chocolate-espresso filling and bits of almond and toffee. Choxie’s other truffle bars have been seriously lacking the bits and pieces. This bar improves in that department, but is still inadequate. There are a few almond and toffee bits, though they are concentrated in the center of the bar. The almonds add a warm nutty flavor that compliments the chocolate and coffee very well. I only wish there were more.

I first described this as rich hot chocolate with a shot of coffee, but it’s more balanced than that. There’s little competition between the two flavors. Instead they enhance each other so that you get the full body of each. Like the other Choxie truffle bars, the creamy center lends a great melt-in-you-mouth texture.

More almonds and this would get a near perfect score.

Ingredient Watch: Clear.

Nutrition Breakdown: Serving size is 1/2 a bar. There are 200 calories, 15g of fat, 15g of sugar, and 2g of protein per serving.

Rating: 8/10

Name: Milk Chocolate Coffee Toffee Truffle Bar
Brand: Choxie
Store: Target
Price: $1.66 (in a set of 3 for $5.00)

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Hebert’s Fully Loaded Dark Turtle

January 17, 2008

This is a slab of dark chocolate topped with pecan pralines and toffee. The chocolate is rich, sweet, and has a smooth melt. The pecan pieces are much more sweet than nutty; honestly, I don’t think they taste much like pecans as all. The toffee pieces are nice and buttery, but seem out of place.

As with Hebert’s Rocky Road, the concept just isn’t working. It doesn’t taste like a turtle. I don’t think the toppings work well with the chocolate; they just add bursts of unnecessary sweetness to what is otherwise good chocolate.

Ingredient Watch: Partially hydrogenated oils in the toppings.

Nutrition Breakdown: Each bar contains 4 servings. Each serving contains 100 calories, 6g of fat, 10g or protein, and 1g of fat. Note that this is according to the nutrition label, which indicates a small serving size. Most people are going to eat half the bar, which is 2 servings, 200 calories, etc.

Rating: 5/10

Name: Fully Loaded Dark Turtle
Brand: Hebert’s Confections
Store: Walgreens
Price: $1.50


Choxie Creme Brulee Truffle Bar

January 14, 2008

First off, sorry for the crummy picture.

Choxie describes it’s Creme Brulee Truffle Bar as “dessert to go.” It is white chocolate truffle with toffee bits, covered in milk chocolate. Or at least, that’s what it’s supposed to be.

Like the Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar, the Creme Brulee Bar is missing its bits and pieces – the toffee. The two pieces of toffee I came across were wonderfully buttery and crunchy. Too bad there weren’t more.

The white chocolate filling is supposed to be infused with vanilla and caramel. It does taste strongly of vanilla bean. Coming out of the freezer, this might taste like vanilla bean ice cream. I also picked up a hint of almond. However, I’m missing the burnt sugar and caramel notes that I expect from a creme brulee bar.

The flavors are pleasant, but I’m not comfortable calling this creme brulee. Also, the whole thing is overwhelmingly sweet. A single piece is fine, but any more and it’s just too sweet.

Ingredient Watch: Nothing suspicious.

Nutrition Breakdown: Serving size is half the bar. There are 200 calories, 14g of fat, 18g of sugar, and 2g of protein per serving.

Rating: 5/10

Name: Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee Truffle Bar
Brand: Choxie (Target)
Store: Target
Price: $1.66 (in a set of 3 for $5)