Milk Chocolate with Waffle Nougat. These have hazelnuts, wheat, dairy, and soy if those are allergen concerns for you. This is 38% cacao so darker than most milk chocolate Americans will be used to. This has a light brown look to it and a buttery cocoa scent like I expect from German chocolate. It cuts into two parts fairly easily with a very sharp knife and inside is a light, nearly tan center with a light hazelnut fragrance. There is a snap when I take a bite to discover crunchy pieces of hazelnut. The first flavor my mouth registers is sweet, buttery chocolate then the hazelnut creaminess that blends together very well. This is definitely one of the best milk chocolate hazelnut bars I've tested in the past seven years and I have tested a lot of them!
The next three bars are marzipan but what is marzipan? Basically it is almond meal (yes you can make a flour or meal out of most nuts and grains) combined with sugar (in this case) or honey to make a paste that can be molded or used in various treats. It can also be flavored but the almond flavor, in my experience, is always there.
Dark Chocolate with Marzipan. This has almonds, dairy and soy ingredients You can see in our photos that the difference between 38% and 63% in terms of color is very stark. This has a very powerful chocolate scent and barely any marzipan at all before I cut it open; even then the chocolate stays strong. The inside is not as soft as the previous bar and it breaks with a soft soft but it is not crunchy. The marzipan here is less mealy feeling as well. The almond essence is there but it blends with the darker chocolate, bringing out a touch of sweetness that balances the slightly bitter chocolate. This one I really loved. I would be thrilled to get this bar as a gift.
Dark Chocolate with Marzipan and Chopped Nuts with almonds, hazelnuts, soy, and dairy ingredients -- yes the only other nuts are hazelnuts and since I really loved the milk chocolate bar with these same nuts I'm hoping I'll love this one as well. This bar makes the same sound as the pure marzipan bar did and no crunchy when I chewed a bit. The dark chocolate scent is stronger than the previous bar and I didn't really get a marzipan or hazelnut fragrance. I noticed the initial flavor of dark chocolate with the almond was quickly matched by the hazelnuts came out more with each bite. The marzipan and the hazelnut are two distinctive flavors and they start to dampen the dark chocolate so I liked this bar a lot but I can't say that I loved it.
These four bars that we received from Chocion are only a very small number of the wide range of nougat and marzipan filled bars that Chocion makes. Please do go check them out if you have a buttery chocolate or German chocolate lover on your holiday gift list. I highly recommend the first and the third bar that we looked at but the fourth was also good as well. They will be so happy with your gift if you get them one of these.