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Valentine's Day Chocolate Bar Taste Test

Posted: 02/ 9/2012 2:48 pm

When a new batch of chocolates arrives at Food & Wine's office for taste-testing, our staff goes into a frenzy. Here are some of our editors' favorite new chocolates that are perfect for Valentine's Day. Plus, easy-to-find candy bars to satisfy urgent chocolate cravings.

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  • Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate

    <strong>Category:</strong> Drugstore/supermarket <strong>Description:</strong> Milk chocolate bar <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Creamy and very melt-in-the-mouth." $2 for 3.5 oz; <a href="http://dovechocolate.com" target="_hplink">DoveChocolate.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-best-coffee-bars" target="_hplink">America's Best Coffee Bars</a></strong>

  • Nestlé 100 Grand Bar

    <strong>Category:</strong> Drugstore/supermarket <strong>Description:</strong> Chocolate covered bar with caramel and crisped rice <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Chewy and crispy in one chocolate package: what could be wrong with that? This is a sentimental favorite." $1 for 1.5 oz; <a href="http://nestleusa.com" target="_hplink">NestleUSA.com</a>. <strong>Plus:<a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-burgers-in-the-us" target="_hplink"> Best Burgers in the U.S.</a></strong>

  • Green & Black's Organic Ginger Bar

    <strong>Category:</strong> Drugstore/supermarket <strong>Description:</strong> Dark chocolate bar with organic crystallized ginger <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "The thick slices of crystallized ginger add zing." $3.50 for 3.5 oz; <a href="http://greenandblacks.com" target="_hplink">GreenAndBlacks.com</a>. <strong>Plus:<a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-pizza-places-in-the-us" target="_hplink"> Best Pizza Places in the U.S.</a></strong>

  • Hershey's Take 5

    <strong>Category:</strong> Drugstore/supermarket <strong>Description:</strong> Chocolate covered bar with pretzels, caramel, peanuts and peanut butter <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Sweet, salty, chewy, caramel, crunchy and creamy--it's a mash-up of every epic candy bar situation. The combo of chocolate and pretzels in the bar is absolutely genius." $1 for 1.5 oz; <a href="http://thehersheycompany.com" target="_hplink">TheHersheyCompany.com</a>. <strong>Plus:<a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-grilled-cheese-in-the-us" target="_hplink"> Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.</a></strong>

  • Godiva's Large 31% Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar

    <strong>Category:</strong> Mid-priced <strong>Description:</strong> Milk chocolate with salted toffee pieces <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Luscious mouth feel. Creamy and full flavored. The addition of the salt makes this already fantastic bar exponentially better." $4.25 for 3.5 oz; <a href="http://godiva.com" target="_hplink">Godiva.com</a>. <strong>Plus:<a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-fried-chicken-in-the-us" target="_hplink"> Best Fried Chicken in the U.S.</a></strong>

  • Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Dark Chocolate Nibby

    <strong>Category:</strong> Mid-priced <strong>Description:</strong> Dark chocolate bar with roasted cacao beans <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "The cacao nibs add an awesome crunch." $5 for 3 oz; <a href="http://scharffenberger.com" target="_hplink">ScharffenBerger.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-ice-cream-spots-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Ice Cream Spots In The U.S.</a></strong>

  • Crio Beans

    <strong>Category:</strong> Mid-priced <strong>Description:</strong> Chocolate covered cacao beans <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "These are amazing and addicting. I love the texture--they've got a great crunch." $7.50 for 4 oz; <a href="http://criobru.com" target="_hplink">CrioBru.com</a>. <strong>Plus:<a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/romantic-gifts" target="_hplink"> Romantic Gifts</a></strong>

  • Chuao Chocolatier's Potato Chips Bar

    <strong>Category:</strong> Mid-priced <strong>Description:</strong> Milk chocolate bar with kettle cooked potato chips <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "This is a brilliant idea. Two of my favorite things: the salty, crunchy chips contrasted with creamy milk chocolate." $6 for 2.82 oz; <a href="http://chuaochocolatier.com" target="_hplink">ChuaoChocolatier.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/valentines-day" target="_hplink">Valentine's Day Recipes</a></strong>

  • Veruca Chocolates, Assorted Flavors

    <strong>Category: </strong>Artisan <strong>Description:</strong> Handmade filled-chocolate truffles with flavors like hazelnut-cinnamon, lavender-vanilla, burnt caramel ganache and dulce de leche <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Wow these are terrific. The flavors are strong and straightforward. Lavender-vanilla is floral but subtle enough." $9 for 4 pieces; <a href="http://verucachocolates.com" target="_hplink">VerucaChocolates.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/worlds-most-romantic-cities" target="_hplink">World's Most Romantic Cities</a></strong>

  • Patric Chocolate

    <strong>Category:</strong> Artisan <strong>Description:</strong> Small batch bean-to-bar chocolate bars in assorted flavors including Cappuccino OMG, Mocha OMG, Mint OMG and In-NIB-itable <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "Mmm, these are all really good! Especially the mocha, nib and mint bars. The Nib bar is delicious, crunchy and has a really nice and smooth fruity flavor." $7 for 2.3 oz.; <a href="http://patric-chocolate.com" target="_hplink">Patric-Chocolate.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-healthiest-cities" target="_hplink">America's Healthiest Cities to Visit</a></strong>

  • Mast Brothers Chocolates, Assorted Bars

    <strong>Category</strong>: Artisan <strong>Description:</strong> Single-origin dark chocolate bars named after the sources of the cacao beans like Papua New Guinea, Moho River, Sambirano Valley, and La Red de Guaconejo <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "These are for the intrepid chocolate taster who really, really likes dark chocolate. They're interesting and certainly showcase the tangy, tropical, jungle-y, terroir-driven flavors of chocolate. They are all so distinct! La Red is really tobacco-y, but good, and the Papua New Guinea is so smoky-like whiskey!" $8 for 2.5 oz; <a href="http://mastbrothers.com" target="_hplink">MastBrothers.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-hot-chocolate-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Hot Chocolate in the U.S.</a></strong>

  • Suzanne's Chocolaterie's Chocolate Bars

    <strong>Category: </strong>Artisan <strong>Description:</strong> Slim dark chocolate bars filled with caramel crunch, hazelnut praline and coconut crème <strong>Staff comments:</strong> "The caramel crunch bar is amazing and so smart with the super light, airy honeycomb--love it. The delicate chocolate shell is smooth, has a deep, rich flavor, a nice snap and a great bitter finish." $5.50 for 1.5 oz; <a href="http://suzanneschocolaterie.com" target="_hplink">SuzannesChocolaterie.com</a>. <strong>Plus: <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-best-bars" target="_hplink">50 Best Bars in America</a></strong>

 

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