Strawberry Rhubarb Pie is like what you'd expect with chocolate, strawberries, rhubarb, and pie crust! My mother always grew rhubarb but for some reason I never wanted to try it but I know some folks love it. I do love strawberries depending on their sweet vs tart level that changes over time. Let's try to break off a section and give this try; it breaks off fairly easily, I think the uneven nature that I'll discuss at the end of this article helps that. All I can smell is milk chocolate -- no hints of what is supposed to be inside. The bite makes a snap and there is a constant crunching as I chew. The immediate flavor is a tart strawberry with creamy milk chocolate that turns into a sweeter flavor that must be the rhubarb and finally fading into the sweet-tart tinged milk chocolate. If the pie was made with TCHO chocolate I'd try a slice!
TCHunky TCHOtella bar. This is milk chocolate with hazelnuts, hazelnut butter, and sea salt -- might be overkill on the hazelnuts but let's find out. This has a strong hazelnut and milk chocolate fragrance when I bring it close to my nose. This bar seems a bit softer than the previous for some reason though they have been kept under the exact same conditions before they were tested. The bite is soundless but there are soft crunches as I chew. The hazelnut is thoroughly blended into the chocolate making it creamier tasting, the salt is a touch too much there could be less and it would only improve the overall good flavor. You must love hazelnut to love this and luckily I do! I rinse out my mouth again because hazelnut always lingers before I move to the final bar to try for you all.
Galactic Gelato is a mint "astronaut ice cream" in dark chocolate. I made this one last because we always work up from lightest to darkest chocolate when we do testing but also because mint tends to be a strong flavor as well. This is very tough to break and it doesn't break off evenly which is disappointing but I do get one clean, full square of it to try for you all. The little lumps you can see in the photo are the unevenly placed pieces of astronaut ice cream -- freeze-dried ice cream -- that provides a burst of cool mint. Once you break off a piece if you break through one of these lumps you get the mint scent but as a full bar it is just dark chocolate you smell. The first bite makes a sharp snap and there is a surprising crunch because it turns out that the freeze-dried ice cream is throughout in very tiny quantities. This means that the mint flavor is mixed throughout the dark slightly bitter chocolate and the only time that mint rears up is when you hit a bigger piece but even then it does not overwhelm our Sacred Substance. The astronaut ice cream is also a bit chewy when you get a chunk of it.
What did you think of this trio, Sisters and Brothers? Do they sound worth you trying out in 2014? Leave a comment and let us know please.