The Good: Great taste, Comparatively inexpensive option for chocolate fans, Generally good ingredients, Reasonably priced, Wonderful blend of two chocolate types!
The Bad: Not at all nutritious/healthy
The Basics: Cold Stone Creamery Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars are an impressive blend of the two types of chocolate!
Not very long ago, I found a whole load of Cold Stone Creamery candy bars at my local discount food store. I was surprised because I had never seen the bars in any grocery stores I frequent, but the idea of the Mmmmmint Chip Mint Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars (reviewed here!) was instantly appealing to me. As a result, I decided to stock up on all the bars I could find that were based upon the premium ice cream shop Cold Stone Creamery (reviewed here!). Today, that means trying the Cold Stone Creamery Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars!
Unlike the Mmmmmint Chip Mint Milk Chocolate, the Chocolate Devotion truffle bars fully live up to their flavor potentials and are a pretty delightful combination of the promised flavors!
Cold Stone Creamery, of course, is the famous fancy ice cream maker that has become a fixture in malls all around the United States. They make fancy ice cream sundaes and other premium ice cream products, but the truffle bars seem to be their experiment in branching out into candy bars. The Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars give that target demographic a taste of the good life at an affordable price, even if they taste nothing like an ice cream product from the Cold Stone Creamery!
The Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars come in a 1.8 oz. chocolate bar that is plastic wrapped. Each bar represents a single serving and Cold Stone Creamery has the truffle bar presented as a single 1 1/8” wide by 3 1/2” long by 3/4” tall smooth chocolate bar. This makes the Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars very easy to portion out, though they are packed with calories!
Ease Of Preparation
Eating Cold Stone Creamery Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars is not a real challenge. After removing the wrapper, simply pull out the bar and bite it off into reasonable size pieces. There is no particularly complicated equation to eating these chocolates. This is an entirely ready-to-eat food!
Unwrapping the truffle bar, the consumer is instantly hit with a delightful aroma of dark chocolate. The Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar might have both milk and dark chocolate, but only the dark chocolate is delightfully foreshadowed by the scent of the bars.
The Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar is dry and sweet, like someone took a hot chocolate and solidified it into a candy bar. The outer coating of the Chocolate Devotion truffle bar is softer than most dark chocolate bars, but it is clearly a dark chocolate. The milk chocolate truffle center of the bar eliminates the hints of bitterness that creep into the flavor of the bar’s shell as it melts away. That leaves the lighter, very sweet flavor of chocolate filling one’s mouth in a delightful way.
There is no aftertaste to this chocolate bar, though the milk chocolate is so sweet that it leaves the mouth feeling sweet and chocolatey in a way that many chocolate bars fail to.
Cold Stone Creamery chocolates are intended as a dessert product or a snack, not part of a healthy diet at all! The 1.8 oz. Truffle Bars represent a single serving and those looking for real nutrition will have to look elsewhere. Made primarily of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and coconut oil, there are no unpronounceable ingredients in this chocolate bar. This is not an all-natural food product and these Truffle Bars were produced on equipment that forces them to add allergy warnings about milk, soy and tree nuts.
In addition to no ingredients I cannot readily pronounce, Cold Stone Creamery's Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars have 296 calories, 176 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 70% of one's RDA of saturated fat and 2% of the RDA of cholesterol. Surprisingly, they are fairly low in sodium with only 21 mg per serving and there are 3 grams of protein to be had by eating a full serving. These are not a significant source of vitamins or minerals, though they do have 5% of one’s daily calcium and 12% of the RDA of Iron.
As a chocolate, Cold Stone Creamery Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars are fine as long as they are stored below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The bar I consumed minutes ago and they had an expiration date of September 2014, which makes me wonder why I was able to get them so cheap now!
If, however, they melt, they will stain. Consult your fabric guide if that happens as good dark chocolate can be virtually impossible to clean up when melted into light fabrics. Otherwise, cleanup is simply throwing the plastic wrapper away when you are done with the chocolate bar.
Cold Stone Creamery Chocolate Devotion Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle Bars are absolutely delightful, despite the health detractions of these bars. I’m not sure why Cold Stone Chocolates are so hard to find, but so far the Chocolate Devotion truffle bars are the one to hunt down!
For other reviews of premium chocolates, please check out:
Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Cabernet Matinee
Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean bar
Russell Stover Triple Chocolate Mousse
For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food And Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!
© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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