Saturday, December 18, 2010
Chocolate Cherries and Nuts for the Holidays
As you may recall, in order to practice Moderation and Purposefulness, your Chocolate Priestess has enlisted Acolytes to help her. All of them know more about the products they review than I do and all of them volunteer their time. Two are just members of my family who have very strong opinions about what chocolate is best. Some of them won contests on this blog to earn their positions. Others have, through their volunteer work with me, proven they can handle the task with the seriousness and fun we want here on The Chocolate Cult. So everyone, welcome Rene our new "Chocolate Fruity Acolyte".
We got together for her trial by fire you could say to do this review for Chukar Cherries together. Chukar sent us two boxes, the 12oz one you saw at the beginning of this post and the 5oz box to the right. As we contemplated the large amount we realized that everything in the small box was also in the larger box. We'll touch upon the small box later in this review.
In order to do this, we followed my normal and recommended process that I ask all the Acolytes to follow. Sit down, no distractions of music or TV or others unless you are working with me. We each had a glass of water that we refilled a few times during this process. Then we got organized with paper for Rene to write on and a camera to take pictures as we went along.
It was very helpful that inside each box was a paper insert that told you which pieces were which. This can be very important not only for allergies but simply because putting something which you really dislike into your mouth can turn you off from a chocolatier because it makes you not trust that that next piece won't also be something you dislike.
As you can see the pieces were laid out nicely so we could easily divide them to sample and reveal to all of you. This is the "Original Assortment" that you can see on their website but let's talk about each of the 11 flavors that were in this box.
We'll start at the top and work our way through the box. Ready? Got your water handy so you can make it through the review? Good. Let's go.
Classic Assortment" and has only cherries in it. It includes six flavors: the Cabernet Cherries, Classic Cherries, Amaretto Rainiers, Truffle Cherries, Black Forest Cherries, and Cherry Rouge that the larger box did. This is a good gift for a cherry lover who doesn't like or can't eat tree nuts. However, both boxes do contain candies with milk in them and I know that might be a concern for some of you reading.
Overall, the Chukar chocolate covered fruit and nuts were well above any that I or our Chocolate Fruity Acolyte had had before. The fruits, nuts and chocolate were balanced in terms of flavor for the most part. Rene says that her favor was the Cherry Bings while the Truffle Cherries are definitely a strong number two. Chukar is a worthy Sacrament for you all, Sisters and Brothers. Check them out please.