It’s Halloween season. No doubt many people have been enjoying the treats of the season.
I try and buy candy that my family doesn’t like – most especially me. But it’s hard not to. It’s just too tempting when you want into a store and you are bombarded by walls aisles of candy.
The candy you buy in grocery and convenient stores is good. But sometimes you want something a bit more “gourmet”.
There is clearly a difference between quality, gourmet chocolates compared to the mass produced kind you find on a shelf.
I was recently introduce to a gourmet chocolate company called Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced (chew-wow).
Chuao is not your average gourmet chocolates. Chuao chocolatier offers an entire line of chef-inspired confections that combine all-natural, high-quality and unexpected ingredients with a blend of premium, ethically sourced chocolate.
Chuao Chocolatier is a pioneering brand that is arousing consumers’ senses with today’s most innovative flavor combinations, including milk and dark chocolate paired with potato chips, bacon, honeycomb, chilies, popping candy, panko breadcrumbs, olive oil and more. The brand’s all-natural, handcrafted and ethically sourced line of chocolate bars, bonbons, drinking chocolates and specialty items are crafted from a proprietary blend of premium chocolate and fresh, natural ingredients. All of Chuao’s delicious creations are developed at the masterful hand of Venezuelan Chef Michael Antonorsi, Master Chocolatier!
Chuao sent me some chocolates to try out and review.
Here is an interesting story about the Chuao chocolate bars I was sent to review. I have received to review other chocolates and candies over the years. I keep them on my desk away from the little “mice” in my home (aka – my kids!). Once I have sampled some of the chocolate I let the rest of my family try it out too.
I ALWAYS keep the chocolates and candies on my desk and have never had any issues. That is until one day when I got home from work and found an empty, ripped up, wrapper from the Chuao “Ravishing Rocky Road” bar that was sent to me to review. It was on my desk, towards the back, tucked away behind the fan along with the other Chuao bars.
MY DOG ATE IT! He ate the ENTIRE bar of chocolate!
Either my dog jumped up on the love seat and made his way over to my desk, or he climbed on my desk chair on to my desk to somehow get behind the fan to get the chocolate. He has NEVER done that before. I guess the aroma from the Chuao bars was too yummy for him to resist.
In case you didn’t know chocolate is poisonous for dogs. I immediately called the vet. The vet told me what signs to look for and what I should do should he exhibit any of them. THANKFULLY he didn’t. He was fine. He didn’t even get an upset stomach. We were lucky.
I find it “amusing” that he somehow smelled the Chuao bars on my desk and did whatever he could to get to them. Out of all the years I have been blogging, and all the chocolates I have reviewed, he has never done this before. Since he ate the entire bar I can only assume he enjoyed it.
Of course he had to eat the Rocky Road one. That was the one I was most excited to try out.
I did get to try Chuao’s…
- Pretzel Toffee Twirl
- Ohh Ahh Almond
- Triple Nut Temptation
- Sweet & Salty
- Oh My S’mores
I also received some of their mini bars in assorted flavors like Honeycomb, Firecracker, Salted Chocolate Crunch, Spicy Maya and Orange-A-Go-Go.
First of all I must say the bars are a great size. There is enough to share a chunk with the family or snap off a piece here and there whenever you are craving a bit of chocolate.
The large bars that have extra ingredients in them like nuts and pretzels have are really satisfying. You can clearly see the extra ingredients. The Pretzel Toffee Twirl for example had full size mini pretzels in it.
The mini bars are small bars that you can finish in 2-3 bites. They are ideal for keeping your portions in control, especially when craving chocolate.
The #1 thing I noticed about all the bars is how fresh they tasted. They didn’t have that artificial taste or “fake” chocolate taste that other chocolates have (the kind you buy at the grocery story check out). These bars must be made fresh often. I would think they would have to be considering all the unique ingredients that go into them like bacon and orange.
These bars taste like the kind you spend a small fortune on in specialty and gourmet chocolate shops.The difference of course is the unique added ingredients that Chuao offers that other gourmet chocolatiers don’t.
I’ve tried all of the bars that were sent to me to review. To be perfectly honest I don’t have a favorite. I really liked them all. If I had to pick out one as a top favorite I think I’d go with Triple Nut Temptation because I love nuts and chocolate. The chocolate contains almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios. It’s not often that you can find pistachios in chocolate bars.
These chocolate bars would make a great gift. You could wrap up a few bars for a friend, neighbor or co-worker, use them as stocking stuffers or serve them to dinner guests as an after dinner treat or with tea and coffee.
I love to make homemade gift basket. These chocolate bars and mini bars would be perfect in a gift basket.
Chuao chocolates are non dairy, vegan friendly and made with non GMO ingredients. Each bar is handcrafted with ethically sourced cacao, all natural, and gluten free ingredients.
Please note that the chocolates are produced in a facility that processes tree nuts, milk and wheat on shared equipment. Please take note of that if you have any of those allergies or food sensitivities.
If you are a chocolate lover (like me) and you are looking for quality, tasty and unique chocolates, check out Chuao. You can visit them online at ChuaoChocolatier.com. Check out their other products such as drinking chocolate and bon bons.
Make sure to hide them from your dog too. LOL!
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.