I made such a rookie mistake when I got these chocolates in the mail from Sweet Designs Chocolatier. Usually when I get an item for a blog review, I set it aside and try to photograph it within a day or two, so that I can eat it whenever it’s convenient. But this time, I let it linger. David and I have something chocolaty almost every night after dinner, and for multiple nights in a row, he asked, “So did you take pictures of that chocolate yet?”
Finally, the wait got the best of us. The chocolate called from the cabinet…
“Come on. Just a taste…”
I tried to cut into the ribbons around the box as carefully as possible, so that they could appear tied in the photographs later. Who would notice a piece or two missing from a 17-piece box of assorted dark chocolates? And the next night the same thing happened again until we’d made quite a dent in them.
But don’t you agree that these pictures give a wonderful action-shot quality with lots of empty slots where delicious chocolates used to be? Yeah. Um… Me too.
Sweet Designs Chocolatier isn’t a vegan company, but all of the 70% dark chocolates they sell are organic, gluten-free, and vegan. With that high percentage of dark chocolate, they have a powerful punch of deep chocolate flavor. The assortment includes coconut truffles and clusters, trail mix clusters, date power squares, molded almonds, and more. My personal favorites were the creamy chocolate truffles.
Sweet Designs Chocolatier also sent me two different kinds of bark – quinoa puffs and trail mix.
I was dubious about the quinoa puffs. I don’t tend to be a person that’s slipping unlikely ingredients into desserts, like black beans into brownies. Plus, since I’m not an enormous fan of quinoa, I wasn’t sure that I’d like it much. However, this one really took me by surprise! It reminds me of a dark chocolate version of those old school Crunch bars, except instead of puffed rice inside, it’s crackly puffed quinoa. It adds a fun texture, and it’s easily my favorite way to eat quinoa. 😉
The trail mix bark included currants, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs. They had a nice balance of crunchy and sweet.
(For more pictures, I noticed that Andrea had much better restraint than I, and she took some beautiful photos of the chocolates she received. Well done, Andrea!)
Disclaimer: I received these complimentary chocolates from Sweet Designs Chocolatier. The thoughts and opinions are totally my own.