The Good: Great taste, Wonderful quality, Does not melt easily
The Bad: Exceptionally expensive.
The Basics: Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey Bars are impressive, but Dolfin really makes consumers pay for it!
Lately, my wife has been getting a bunch of pretty amazing treats for me. She saves up and splurges on the things I won't usually spend my own money on and today, it's Dolfin Earl Grey Chocolate bars. I had a little flashback when my wife gave me the bar; a decade ago, during my first marriage, I had one of these bars. Despite the expense, it is hard for me to imagine waiting another ten years for another Dolfin Earl Grey chocolate bar! They might be pricy, but they are delicious!
The Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey Bar is a dark chocolate bar from Dolfin Chocolate with tiny bits of tea leaves embedded in the chocolate bar. Each 2.47 oz. chocolate bar is wrapped in a plastic wrapper which is then inside a thicker plastic envelope! The actual chocolate bar is 3” wide by 5 1/2” long by 1/4” thick and has six segments, with a smooth bottom and minor veining on the top.
The chocolate is very dark and quite solid. Individually, the bars are in the $10.00 range, which is super expensive, even though these chocolates are delicious.
Ease Of Preparation
Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey bars are chocolate, not steeping tea; preparing them is as easy as unwrapping the candy bar. Because the chocolate is so pricy, I recommend eating this a little at a time, not just biting right into the bar.
The Earl Grey chocolate bar is delightfully aromatic; the bar smells powerfully of Bergamot, the oil in Earl Grey tea that gives it its distinct flavor. The aroma is strong and there is no hint of chocolate in the bouquet.
On the tongue, the dark chocolate pops completely. It is sweet and dark and it blends with the tea in the Earl Grey bars to embody the flavor of Earl Grey tea delightfully. This is like a solid chocolate/tea blend that is sweet and chocolatey, while being dry and distinctly flavorful. This is the best possible blend of these two flavors.
The Earl Grey bar has a slightly dry aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for about five minutes after one is done consuming the bar.
Dolfin Chocolate makes their fine chocolates with fine ingredients, which is arguably why they are so expensive. With the primary ingredients being cocoa mass, sugar and cocoa butter, the Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey bars are not a wonderful food to try to survive on. However, they do use natural ingredients and Dolfin is a CO2-neutral company, according to its packaging. In a 70 gram (1 bar) serving, there are 364 calories. This represents 41% of one’s RDA of fat and 22% of one's RDA of carbohydrates. Each bar has 210 mg of Sodium and 4.8 grams of protein. In other words, this is not a snack to try to survive on.
Because the chocolate is so hard, the Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey bars are not especially susceptible to heat. Still, these should be kept cool in order to not melt. With that in mind, as long as they are kept cool and dry, these will last over a year (the one my wife presented me with yesterday would have lasted until February 29, 2016).
Clean-up is easy, so long as the chocolate does not melt. The Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey bars have wrappers that ought to be properly disposed of, but otherwise, the chocolate washes off skin and non-porous surfaces. It the chocolate melts onto fabric, consult a fabric guide.
The Dolfin Chocolate Earl Grey Bar is a delightful chocolate bar that prefectly blends the dark chocolate flavor with Earl Grey tea. The chocolate is not so dry as to be oppressive on the tongue and that makes it an actual treat, even if Dolfin makes one pay a lot for the priviledge of enjoying it!
For other fancy candies, please check out my reviews of:
Lindt Pistachio Nut Bars
Ferrara Milk Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Orange
Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean bar
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