Customize your own Chocolate Bars with Chocri Chocolates
January 11, 2010
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’sKonfections 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…
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
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!).
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…