Customize your own Chocolate Bars with Chocri Chocolates

by formerchef on January 11, 2010

   

Custom-made Chocri chocolate bars.

About a month ago, I received an email from a company called Chocri originally based in Germany and now in the US, asking if I’d like to try their custom-made chocolate bars. Even though I love chocolate, I was busy and put off looking at their web site for a few weeks. When I finally logged in to their test site and checked out, I was overwhelmed with choice; their claim is 10 Billion (yes, billion) flavor combinations! 

Here’s how it works; choose your chocolate (dark, milk or white, all organic and Fair Trade) and then choose up to five toppings to go on top. You get to create a name for your bar and it’s printed right on the package. The toppings range from the normal; candies, fruits and nuts to the unusual; spices, grains and candy decorations. There’s everything from roasted almonds, to goji berries to real gold flakes. They give back too; 1% of all profits are donated to a German based child welfare organization in the Ivory Coast called DIV Kinder

I must not have been feeling very creative when I came up with mine because I didn’t develop any unusual names for my bars (Kristina’s Konfections anyone? No.), nor did I come up with any crazy flavor mixes (white chocolate-rosemary-gummy bear-flax?).
Instead, I went with what I’d actually like to eat myself and just named the bars after their ingredients. However, after more thought (and after sending my order unfortunately), I would have liked to have tried some of the more unusual combinations; dark chocolate, fennel seeds, and orange pepper might have been good. I also would have named one for my husband and another as the FormerChef Custom Blend. Oh well, coulda, woulda, shoulda as they say…  

Custom Made Chocolate

Fresh from the chocolate factory...

What I did get was really quite good and truly, custom-made for my palate. I like dark chocolate, and most of the time, I like it unadorned so I can savor the flavor melting on my tongue.
Here is what I selected:
*Dark Chocolate with Toffee Pieces and Sea Salt
*Dark Chocolate with Sour Cherries and Cashews
*Milk Chocolate with Toffee Pieces and Roasted Almonds
*Dark Chocolate with Real Gold Flakes   

Dark Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt

The first one I tried was the one with toffee and sea salt and it was crunchy, sweet, and salty at the same time. What more could you want? The one with gold flakes was very pretty and I almost didn’t want to eat it, but rather chop it up and use it for decoration on something. In case you are wondering, the gold flakes have no flavor. I loved the sour cherries with the dark chocolate and even the milk chocolate  which is usually not my first choice was really good too. I didn’t order anything with white chocolate because I don’t like it ( I know, I should have done it for the blog anyway. Bad Blogger!).   

Dark chocolate with gold flakes

Dark Chocolate with Real Gold Flakes

While these chocolate bars may not be something you eat on a daily basis, (they start at $7.90 for a 3.5 ounce bar of white, milk and dark are $8.90 and $9.90 respectivly, and toppings are additional), they are a great option for a unique gift for a birthday, anniversary, thank you, or as company gifts. They offer bulk discounts,  custom logos and special packaging on orders of 100 or more. 

The new US Chocri website goes live today and through January 18th they are offering Free Shipping on all orders. It’s not to early to get that Valentine’s Day gift out of the way… 

 

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1 nina January 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

That is such a clever idea and I love the flavors that you’ve picked!!!

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2 leftoverqueen January 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

THIS is WAY COOL! I love the idea – and it is great that it is all fair trade and organic! What an awesome company!

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3 Sook January 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Wow I want a bite of that! A great idea. :)

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4 Mark Schleimer December 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

I’m not impressed with Chocri. I ordered a chocolate bar w/ bacon and toffee, and they sent a bar with no bacon. Rather than call or email that they were having some issue with their bacon supplier, they just sent a product that I didn’t order anyway. What’s worse, it was a Christmas gift for my wife who discovered no bacon in the thing.

The fact that there was no bacon in the thing, and that it comes from some 3rd party only makes me wonder if I can’t get a chocolate bar with fresh ingredients in it, for a lot less than you pay these guys. I’m sure of it….and I’m sure it would taste better.

Thumbs down for Chocri for delivering a product that was not what I ordered and a really flawed order fulfillment and customer service process for not stopping the order and/or notifying me that the order would be altered.

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