When Donna & Company asked me if I would be interested in doing a review and giveaway of their artisan chocolates, I believe my first words were “you had me at chocolate.” To say I love chocolate would be an understatement. If they could find a way to make broccoli taste like rich, velvety dark chocolate, I’d be the healthiest person on the planet. So of course, I was extremely excited to get my hands on some of these high-quality artisan goodies.
We decided that I would try out the CocoaBee Honey Caramels, made with Belgian dark chocolate, caramel, New Jersey honey, and other natural ingredients. I was sent a six-piece box with each of the available flavors, including: Roasted Pecan, Blood Orange & Roasted Almond, Blueberry, Cranberry, Salted, and Cinnamon. They came packaged in this cute little box:
Before getting to the good stuff, I want to point out how carefully the chocolates were shipped. It can’t be easy to ship chocolate, especially in the warmer months. The chocolates arrived in perfect condition, without a single dent or break. They came in a little cooler with freezer packs in it, like this:
I’d like to say that I showed some semblance of restraint and tasted just one chocolate, maybe two tops, per day. I didn’t. I ate all six pieces in about three hours, taking great care to cleanse my palate between each sample with the instructions provided (did you know that a blue corn chip or a piece of bread without the crust is an excellent palate cleanser? I didn’t, but I do now!).
I tried the Salted flavor first, and it was delicious. I have always been a huge fan of the sweet and salty combination, and this caramel definitely satisfies both cravings. I noticed that the salty aspect kicked in just after the chocolate flavor hit my taste buds, kind of like when I eat chocolate chips before taking a bite of a potato chip (What? Doesn’t everyone do that?) but infinitely better. Next, the Cranberry and Blueberry vanished. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I’ve never had these flavors combined with chocolate. Both of them had a subtle fruit flavor that, like the Salted, kicked in after I slowly ate the beautifully crafted chocolate (I did actually eat them slowly, so I could get a full taste of what they had to offer. I am capable of showing SOME restraint!).
Since I was already on a fruit and chocolate roll, I tried the Blood Orange and Roasted Almond, again not sure what to expect. This was probably my favorite, not just because it tasted incredible, but because it was so pretty inside. I love the way the caramel swirled with the blood orange oil and created a marbled effect. Unlike the other fruity pairings, the orange flavor was definitely not subtle, which is a good thing in this case.
The last two to meet their fate were the Cinnamon and the Roasted Pecan. Both were, as to be expected, fantastic, but I did find myself wishing the cinnamon had just a little more presence in the formula. It was just a teensy too subtle for me. Overall, I immensely enjoyed these chocolates. The dark chocolate was so rich and creamy and the honey caramel was never the same twice. For example, in the Cranberry flavor, it was thick and chewy, yet in the Blood Orange and Almond variety, it seemed to pour out of the chocolate shell.
I also received two awesome bars of dark chocolate as generous extras, one with pumpkin seed and chili pepper, and the other with pistachios. I’m saving the pumpkin seed and chili pepper bar to share with my little brother (never thought I’d say those words when I was a child!), but I’ve already devoured the pistachio bar, and it is a major treat!
Note- This review was originally connected to a giveaway, which has ended. The winner’s name can be found on the Winner List.
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