XOXO Chocolates -- their Rainforest Bark and their Dark Almond Bark. Before get to that I want to mention that also in May we'll be doing an article on the problem with palm oil something you may notice on the ingredients list on candy bars and sadly even on "fine chocolate" even though chocolate has a natural fat ingredient called cocoa butter that can be used right from the same tree and the same beans. I'll really want to read your comments when we do that post but today please leave a comment to let us and XOXO Chocolates know what you think about the products we tested and revealed to you today.
We'll start with the Rainforest Bark that our Fruit Acolyte tested. The Rainforest Bark is very attractive, with white chocolate drizzled over the dark. The portion is hefty! There are no scores on the bar to help break it up into more manageable pieces to you just have to snap some off.
I'm only able to eat a couple of bites; the chocolate is heavy and leaves a syrupy mouthfeel that doesn't make me want more anytime soon. A bar this big would literally last me a month.
I'm not exactly sure why it's called "Rainforest" bark. Is it "rainforest-friendly" cacao? The fruit is a hodgepodge that includes cranberries, strawberries, and raisins. The chocolatiers might want to stick to pineapple, mango, and papaya specifically and bump up the quantity. Having tasted it, as a person who prefers a high fruit:chocolate ratio, I wouldn't buy it.
There is our first view of XOXO Chocolates. They don't have a walk-in store at their headquarters in Las Vegas but you can find them and their creations online. We have several more products left to tell you about, Sisters and Brothers, so please let us know if you liked this report today. Today our bark report was a mixed bag; I really loved the Dark Almond Bark (I'd say Sacrament worthy) but our Acolyte who tested the Rainforest Bark thought the fruit just didn't stand out enough. Consider our words and decide if you'd like to try these barks yourself.