THE BAD: WholeFoods Market sells "organic truffles" that are pretty much coconut oil balls dusted with cocoa. Inquiries with WholeFoods into whether the success of these 'cocolates' had caused failures in their motorized shopping carts went unanswered. Since they've been restocked for the holidays I have noticed a low battery level on the WholeFoods hoveround. The manufacturer of this product, Cemoi, does a lot of private labeling at the very bottom of the pricing spectrum. They don't taste as wretched as the ingredient list would suggest perhaps because each 1 oz truffle delivers about 18% of RDA for saturated fat. You might say who F'en cares. Agree! I don't care so much about that. The F'ed up part is.....it's not even chocolate. I call that Bad Crap.
THE BOGUS: The Vosges bar that I purchased had a pathetic glamor pic and a wretched third person bio: "After graduating from Vanderblah U., Katrina blah blah blah, then attended Le Cordon Blah." Shouldn't I give Kat a call and suggest that she terminate whoever it was that directed her to publish 'my personal odyssey' on a candy wrapper? I say: "let's taste your chocolate". I sampled only one version, the Black Pearl Bar. Thanks to the Lil lady I'm schooled in this flavor combo. This bar tastes like Black Pearl if you use your imagination and you have a fever. If you haven't got a high temperature you'll need patience because this chocolate melts just a little easier than beeswax. With patience and hot saliva interesting flavor notes do manifest. The package shows a slice of wasabi root and it is listed as the last ingredient. An authetic wasabi note is undetectable. Not what I'd call amazing. Vosges uses NO COCONUT OIL IN THIS BAR.
THE BEST: Happily the best are 3 locally available superb quality chocolates. The Love Bars sold on HeadHouse Sundays lately are superb. The chocolate is delightful it tastes like an excellent poem: mysterious, larger than life, satisfying...NO GLAMOR PIC OR NUTTY 3RD PERSON BIO. The wrappers, in fact, show crafty graphics. This chocolate was reason enough to talk smack about chocolate.
Teuscher hasn't dropped the bar when it comes to the real deal. Their champagne truffle is the gold standard according to my metrics.
John & Kira's chocolates too are of exceptional deliciousness. The fig, bourbon ganache combo is a virtuoso composition.