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December 22, 2008

Quick Hits: Amedei

Well, I have an enormous backlog of things that I have wanted to address. Between various addictions (WoW and House MD at the top of the list), hosting Thanksgiving for the family, and spending time with my rabbit I have had trouble writing much of my thoughts down. So I’m going to go back to “Quick Hits” mode. Tonight’s hit: Amedei Cioccolato al Latte Bianco con Pistacchi (White Chocolate With Pistachios).

Me and white chocolate haven’t gotten along properly for years and I think it’s all due to something horrible it did to me as a child. It was cruel and waxy and overly sweet and it left me scarred. In the past couple of years I’ve tried a number of really good white chocolates and we’ve slowly begun to reconcile.

The last couple of nights I’ve been snacking on this Amedei bar that I picked up at the New York Chocolate Show mainly because I wanted something with pistachio in it. It turned out to be a great move. The white chocolate is good stuff with a nice creamy body. Best of all it hits a perfect balance with the pistachio. Great stuff. It's got flavor and texture and I quite like it. And the pistachio is very well distributed through the bar so you get the whole experience in each bite.

White chocolate and pistachio: simple in content, but far more than the sum of its parts. This is white chocolate that I can really get into and as such I’m going to give it a 9 out of 10 and a high recommendation for those who can stomach the price ($12 a bar - very expensive). Strangely, this is my favorite from Amedei so far. And I’ve tried Chuao and Porcelana (I think there was something wrong with my Chuao or it was just wasted on me entirely – the Porcelana is a top shelf bar, but I don’t feel it’s all some people make it out to be – but that’s a subject for another night).

December 2, 2008

More Savings!

Cyber Monday may be behind us but the savings roll on! Romanicos Chocolate - the ones with those tasty 38 calorie truffles - are offering 25% off and free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Feed the site the code HappyHolidays while checking out and the savings are yours. The deal is for a "limited time" (expect something in the vicinity of a week maybe) so take advantage while you can.