Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bradley's: Plain Milk and Dark Chocolates

When I started out my box from Bradley’s in Knoxville, TN by diving into the double-layer gianduja, I broke one of my rules of chocolate tasting: try the plain ones first.

My love for gianduja is stronger than my self-discipline. There. I said it. Happy now?

After devouring the gianduja, I moved right along to a nicely wrapped plain milk chocolate.

There were aromas of caramel and cream, and it had a soft texture with a medium, pleasing melt.

As with the aroma, cream and caramel dominated the flavor. It was a decent milk chocolate, but others, such as El Rey and Valrhona, are appreciably better. I’d rather have a box with some extra giandujas.

The box also happened to include a nicely wrapped plain dark chocolate, which I was obliged to sample before I moved on to other chocolates.

The chocolate had a simple aroma of coffee and vanilla, and a smooth texture with a fairly slow melt.

The taste also featured a strong coffee note, as well as vanilla and caramel undertones. I’d say it was “alright,” but not outstanding. Again, more giandujas would be a nice replacement for this piece.

What do you think about plain chocolates in a chocolate selection box?


  1. Mm i love giandujas as well so good! I never used to be a fan of plain chocolates in selection boxes but ive had my mind changed after trying a few really good boxes of only plain chocolates! I know!!

  2. I never buy selection boxes, so I have no idea! I think I'd be bored by them though :)

  3. I like the plain too. I really enjoy all flavours of chocolate and there are some people that aren't open to trying crazy flavours. :(

  4. I must admit that I don't even remember seeing selection boxes that had both plain and flavoured chocolates.

    I usually go for selections that have flavoured chocolate. I guess they seem more interesting. They're also easier to find.