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A curious taste of chocolate in Reading...Would love others opinions..

chompie | Feb 16, 201210:05 PM

I don't like really cheap waxy chocolate, and can't usually spring for real high price stuff, so i tend to end up with decent mid level chocolate like Droste(love the pastille rolls, but havent seen it lately), Heberts Lindt, Ghiradelli, and do like M&Ms.. So we decided to maybe give some supposed really good chocolate a chance and went to The Chocolate Truffle in Reading. At almost $24 per pound I expected gourmet lushness..combined with their great online reviews online(but havent seen anything here). Bought three pieces, a carmello milk, vanilla mousse dark and small solid milkchocolate heart. The solid was fair, but tasted to me like the discs i get at Michael's when i make cheap kids chocolates, the marshmallow was tough and chewy, the caramel in it tasted sub Rolo and not buttery or creamy like i would have thought and the Vanilla mousse was wierd tasting and sugar was not dissolved.. Frustrated, gave up and went to Rite Aid and got a couple of Russell Stover candy bars at 64cents on half price and a hersheys choc marshmallow heart. The Hersheys choc was subaverage but the marshmallow at least melted in my mouth. I dont usually think much of Russell Stover, but i have to say that those particular chocolate bars were actually delicious . A bit too sweet, but had some darker notes and melted like velvet. I would be curious to have seen the drugstore stuff in a blind taste test with the Truffle shop...I would love it if someone else tried this taste test and let me know if i am crazy or right! I thought I had a decent ability to taste chocolate.. I was told by a judge at Topsfield Fair that my Ghirardhelli Mocchachino truffles tasted like a truffle is supposed to taste.. THe Russell Stover bars are in red boxes, thin bars about 7x3" with cute retro animal pictures and sayings on them, and at 2 oz would come to less than 5 bucks a pound. Also, if anyone wants to tell me where to go to try really amazing milk chocolates, please feel free! Winfreys didnt have any val day stuff left, and i have never really been excited by their choc anyways..

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