Friday, January 17, 2014

Seattle Chocolates Holiday Bars

Holiday Cheer Eggnog

Place purchased: Cost Plus World Market

Number of reviewers: 4

Appearance - 8.0

E: Cute, festive wrapper and interesting design on bar itself.
S: I really like the packaging, especially when we get to see the whole line. Large pieces. 

Flavor and Taste - 6.6

The filling tastes like eggnog. However, there are salt granules in the filling. Eggnog should not be salty... 

C: Not a big eggnog fan, flavor of egg with chocolate seems off. 
E: A bit overly sweet, but eggnog flavor and chocolate are well balanced. 
S: Very rich. Too sweet. Eggnog flavor was decent. 

Texture - 7.3

There is a good distribution between the chocolate and filling. Though, it would have been better if the chocolate thickness on the top and bottom of the bar was more even. 

C: The texture of the filling was a little too creamy/soft. 
E: Nice crunch of chocolate and creamy center. 
S: I am typically not a fan of cream filled candy bars.

Aftertaste - 6.1

The aftertaste is very salty. 

E: Pleasant aftertaste. Eggnog really comes out. 
S: Too sweet. 

Overall - 7.0

The eggnog flavor of this chocolate bar is good, but it would have been much better if there was no salt. 

E: A fun candy bar with holiday spirit. 

Candy Cane Crunch

Place purchased: Cost Plus World Market

Number of reviewers: 4

Appearance - 8.0

There are small candy cane pieces throughout the chocolate bar. 

E: Cute, sassy wrapper and interesting pattern on chocolate.
S: Yay! It has candy cane pieces in it! Cute packaging. 

Flavor and Taste - 8.4

The minty flavor is noticeable, but does not overpower the dark chocolate.

E: Mmmm... Nothing like mint and chocolate. The chocolate is rich but smooth, and the peppermint gives a nice punch.

S: Tastes like an Andes mint! 

Texture - 8.3

There is a nice crunch from the candy cane bits. 

C: Chocolate has a good, creamy texture. Candy cane pieces remind me of eating real candy canes. 

E: Very smooth, melt in your mouth chocolate with a fun crunch from the peppermint. 

S: I want more crunchy candy cane pieces in it. 

Aftertaste - 8.1

There is a slightly minty aftertaste. 

C: Nice, light minty aftertaste. 

E: Pretty fresh thanks to the mint.

S: A little chalky but has a nice peppermint aftertaste.

Overall - 8.4

This was my favorite bar out of the five Seattle Chocolates holiday bars. The mint flavor balanced well with the dark chocolate, and the candy cane pieces offered a pleasant crunchy texture. 

E: A really classy, tasty candy bar for any mint chocolate enthusiast. 

Hot Buttered Rum

Place purchased: Cost Plus World Market

Number of reviewers: 4

Appearance - 8.3

The chocolate bar has a soft chocolate center with toffee pieces scattered throughout. 

Flavor and Taste - 7.3

The filling has a butter and caramel flavor. 

C: Buttery and creamy. Just a little bit of rum, but not until the end, more of an aftertaste. 

L: Very buttery, not very rummy. 

S: Toffee flavor, slightly burnt, with a slightly alcohol flavor. 

Texture - 7.6

The filling is soft with crunchy toffee bits. 

C: I like the pieces. 

L: Crunchies are a fun surprise. 
S: I liked the toffee pieces in it. 

Aftertaste - 7.8

The rum flavor comes out in the aftertaste. 

L: Clean.

S: A little bit burnt.

Overall - 7.8

This chocolate bar was good, though I would have liked the rum flavor to be more pronounced. 

Christmas Cookie

Place purchased: Cost Plus World Market

Number of reviewers: 3

Appearance - 7.8

Flavor and Taste - 6.5

The filling does not have much flavor, it is just sweet. 

C: Buttery and creamy, like butter and sugar creamed. Balances nicely with the chocolate. 

J: Cinnamon is strange, like Big Red. Why in a cookie? Salt taste late, why? 

Texture - 6.5

The filling is grainy and crunchy from the undissolved sugar crystals. 

C: The texture reminds me of sugar cookie dough with the sugar crystals and gritty texture. 

J: Crunch is nice. 

Aftertaste - 5.5

The aftertaste is bitter and salty, with a cinnamon off-flavor. 

C: Some sugar grit still stuck in my teeth. 

J: Cinnamon after is weird. 

Overall - 5.7

The Christmas Cookie bar was unappetizing. The granular sugar in the bar was off-putting, and the cinnamon oil and salt have a very negative impact on the bar. Also, since when are cookies salty? 

Mom's Hot Cocoa

Place purchased: Cost Plus World Market

Number of reviewers: 3

Appearance - 7.5

I was disappointed when I turned the bar over. The bar is divided into four large pieces, and there was only one marshmallow in each piece. 

J: Marshmallow at the bottom is weird. 

Flavor and Taste - 7.2

The chocolate bar just tastes like milk chocolate. The marshmallow has no flavor.

C: Very milk chocolate, almost too sweet. 

J: Good chocolate flavor. Marshmallow is not very present. 

Texture - 6.5

The milk chocolate has a hard bite. The marshmallow is very chewy. 

C: The marshmallow is chewy. Not enough marshmallow to chocolate. It's hard to tell it's even there. The chocolate is kind of crumbly when I bit into it. 

J: I don't like the marshmallow. It's too chewy. 

Aftertaste - 6.7

The aftertaste is solely milk chocolate. 

J: All chocolate. 

Overall - 6.5

The Mom's Hot Cocoa bar was disappointing. With one large marshmallow in each piece, you either get a bite of chewy marshmallow or solid milk chocolate. The bar would have been much better if there were more and smaller marshmallows. 

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