Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Puccini Bomboni: Chocolate as Ball Bearings

Though the gift of Dutch chocolate from Puccini Bomboni that I received from one of my swimmers included baking chocolate that I (possibly inappropriately) ate straight, it also included some miniature chocolate balls that were actually meant to be eaten.

Or spilled on your kitchen floor, leaving you with a 10-minute adventure of pulling them out of every tiny corner of your kitchen and dining room.

I remain unsure of which one is the intended purpose. I did both. The nice thing about the miniature bits of chocolate is that it made it easier to assess their character by eating several.

Several dozen.

In that way, they’re similar to M&Ms, but unlike M&Ms, there isn’t a hard candy shell, and the chocolate melts smoothly and nicely. The outside of each bit is a bit waxy, which seems to be deliberate, as this prevents the chocolate from melting into one chunk. The taste of the chocolate itself, while superior to that in M&Ms, is somewhat intense, but lacks complexity with coffee and vanilla dominating the standard flavor. They’re pretty good, and a nice treat for snacking, but not anything notable.

Do you like chocolate presented in very small pieces?

9 comments:

  1. LOVE IT. I'm a completely sucker for tiny chocolate. Partly why I love nibs so much. It lasts so much longer!

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  2. They're sooo cute!!!!! I love having small chocolates to snack on! :D

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  3. Neato, except for the spilling everywhere issue. :D I wonder if M&Ms were intentionally designed that way (to reduce mess if spilled)?

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  4. I like chocolate presented in any form, but I'm not a huge fan of M&M's. Mini cadbury eggs on the other hand... for certain.

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  5. I LOVE chocolate in tiny pieces! It adds up to...I ate no chocolate! :)

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