I was given this bar of chocolate as a part of my gift in this year’s Reddit Snack Exchange. My gift-er lives in California, and as a result pretty much everything I received was something I’d never seen before. In fact, I’d never even heard of TCHO, much less eaten their chocolate. Of course, that means I’m going to review it.
Price: For me, the price was “free”. However, if you want to try this chocolate you’ll probably have to pay for it (unless you save it for a holiday gift request). TCHO is selling the bars in packs of two online for $13.95. So, this is a $7.00 bar of chocolate – the most expensive piece of candy I’ve ever eaten. Do with that information what you will.
Taste: Mokaccino is a milk chocolate, but it doesn’t taste like any milk chocolate I’ve had before. There is absolutely no one-dimensional sweetness or excessive fatty creaminess (which is one of my biggest complaints about Lindt’s products, even if I do enjoy them from time to time). My first taste was a tangy sweetness. This quickly combined with an almost savory bitterness (the espresso – this is a mocha bar, after all) followed by the richness of milk chocolate. Overall, this chocolate tastes like drinking a very well-made mocha at a cafe – it really nails every aspect of it. The bar has a firm bite and very even melt – you snap into it, the exterior immediately softens, and you can move it around your mouth for a good 30 seconds before it dissolves completely.
Presentation: If I’m going to pay $7.00 for a bar of chocolate, it had better be well-packaged. Thankfully, TCHO spent some serious time designing the container for their candy. The outer box is glossy and covered in spots of gold foil. The photograph let’s you know exactly what you’re getting (something that tastes like a fancy coffee). Opening the case, there’s a nice tab-in-slot closure on the back to allow you to reseal things in between snacks (and believe me, you’re probably not going to want to eat the entire bar at once – it’s intense). The entire box opens flat (it’s built in a “cross” shape, giving you easy access to the chocolate, which is wrapped in a fairly sturdy piece of parchment-lined foil. The chocolate itself is embossed with detailed linework and divided into nine squares. Basically, this is a beautiful package, tastefully designed, and functional. Also, the top of the box had a sticker placed on it that informed me it was voted “Best Milk Chocolate in America”; I appreciate the actual sticker, rather than a fake one built into the container artwork, because I like real things. Maybe that’s pedantic of me. Either way, I appreciated it.
Would I buy it again? I didn’t buy it the first time, and I’m not sure I’d be willing to drop $7.00 on a bar in the near future. I would, however, ask for some as a gift, because I absolutely enjoyed it.
Rating: 4/5 Forks (I deducted one fork for the high price, but this is seriously the best chocolate bar I’ve ever had)