Saturday, July 18, 2009

Let There Be Chocolate

Oh, the things I do for my blog readers! :)
Gadget Girl, Little One and I headed to the west end of the Island for a trip to the Farmers' Market, a picnic by the water, and then off to the Chocolate Works we went! How could we not swing by one of our favourite spots? The place was bustling with tourists and locals alike. People flock from far and wide to sample the delectable chocolate treats!

It is my mission to sample every item in the shop for you, my dear friends, family, blog buddies, and readers. Over the course of three days, we taste tested a few chocolate goodies. Hubby helped me sample the chocolates. You didn't think I'd eat all that chocolate by myself, did you? Plus, Hubby has very discriminating taste buds when it comes to sweets. He's the sweets expert in this household.
Up first is the Coconut Bar. Before I tried The Chocolate Works' coconut treats, I was never really a coconut fan. The Chocolate Works' chocolate coconut treats have really, really converted me though! I am now a loyal fan of the Coconut Bar!

Unsweetened coconut with a hint of vanilla and coconut cream, nestled amidst delicious milk chocolate just melts in your mouth. The tactile sensation is almost a spiritual experience. I kid you not.

Hubby says that of all the chocolates we tried, his favourite has got to be the Coconut Bar. Of course, Hubby loves anything and everything coconut. He claims to be an expert in chocolate/coconut treats and says that this coconut bar is one of the best coconut chocolate bars he has ever tried. I have to agree with him on this one. The Coconut Bar gets five out of five stars!

Up next is the Oreo Extravaganza. For Oreo cookie lovers, this takes the Oreo cookie experience to the max! The ever popular Oreo cookie is dipped in milk chocolate and beautifully drizzled with white and dark chocolate. FANTASTIC!!! It's a delight for all senses! Five stars out of five.

My Mom is a fan of macaroons. This macaroon is a little slice of heaven. Premium quality chocolate envelopes this mound of coconut goodness. Chocolate sprinkles add to the aesthetics. This is the perfect little macaroon. Actually, it's not so little. This macaroon is pretty big!

Just as an example of how good this macaroon is, when I brought it over to my parents' place, my Dad said, "Oh! Chocolate!" and my Mom quickly snapped, "Hey! That's mine!".
I've always been interested in sampling the Pecan Caramel Wave. The Pecan Caramel Wave looks so beautiful. It's just so visually appealing. I sent one over to Jeanna @ The Wisconsin Candy Dish in her box of goodies from The Chocolate Works. I've also sent a few Waves to other friends across Canada and the U.S., but I have never tried one. I decided now is about the right time to dig into that ooey-gooey caramel goodness.

Gadget Girl loves the Pecan Caramel Wave. She said she loves caramel, which would be fitting since the Wave is all about the caramel. Hubby and I shared half a Wave. We'll save the other half for later. Hubby's review: "The Caramel Pecan Wave is perfect for anyone who is a caramel lover. It's just so rich with caramel!"

I noted the pecan. I love pecans. The Wave reminded me of a better quality and more visually appealing Nestle Turtle. I swear, the Caramel Pecan Wave is edible art! It truly is! It's so beautiful that you almost don't want to eat it! I said almost!

My verdict? Love the chocolate and love the pecans. However, like Hubby said, it is perfect for anyone who is a caramel lover. There's a lot of caramel in this treat! :) I think this is one of the reasons Gadget Girl loves The Wave so much! 4.5 out of 5 stars from me. If I loved caramel, I'd give this a perfect score though. There was a bit of a debate going on at the testing table! ;) Gadget Girl will have us tell you that you must try the Caramel Pecan Wave because it's "sooooooo goooooooooood"!!!
The owner of the Chocolate Works let me try the chocolate cream cheese cupcake.
Though I love to bake, I don't normally eat baked goods. Why? Oh, I don't know. I love creating things, but not necessarily eating what I bake. Read between the lines: sweets and baked goods= calories and inches on the waist!!! HOWEVER, this has got to be THE BEST cupcake in the world! I couldn't even wait to get home! I ate it as soon as we left the Chocolate Works!

The chocolate cupcake was moist and delicious. The frosting and chocolate sprinkles just perfected the piece. To my surprise, in the center of the cupcake there was cream cheese and...chocolate chips!!! Mmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Okay, it's a good thing we live on a farm and have a lot of physical work to do! We're going to have to work off all this chocolate! :)

Remember...If you're on the Island, stop by the Chocolate Works! They've also got a great assortment of coffees, teas, jellies, mustards, and other goodies!

**Amendment: Hubby and I just finished the rest of the Caramel Pecan Wave and we have changed our verdict. It is absolutely divine! Five out of five stars! Why is it that we all of a sudden love it? Hmmm...I don't know. Perhaps it's because we had time to sample it little by little. It's a fairly large sized chocolate treat. It's very decadent! Glad that Hubby and I shared it! If I had to eat it by myself, it would probably last me a week!**


Rosie : ) said...

Sigh. You make me miss that place. I need to go back soon! :)

Unhinged said...

Wow, now I want me some chocolate. Lucky for me, my apartment building has a swanky candy machine just down the hallway. So I'll eat a Twix and pretend it's one of those cupcakes that sounds like it came straight from heaven.

Uncivil said...

Darn, and I have to settle for good ol' Almond Joy or a Mounds bar?

Momisodes said...

Oh my. I wish I could visit! Of course to visit you, but also for that delicious chocolate :)

t said...

I am soooooo going to the choclate works the next time we are up visiting you guys! We went last time we were visiting and it was a tryly memorable experience! MmMmMmmm CHOCOLATE! please tell the owner fo the CW that those are the best chocolates in the world and her store is our favourite on the island!

jan said...

Thanks for doing this research on behalf of your blog readers. Now I must be off in pursuit of chocolate. For the health benefits, of course.

C said...

Don't worry :) When you guys come up to the Island, we'll head out there! What's your fave item in the store, btw? I can bring you a treat when I'm in your neck of the woods next...which will be sometime this week!!!

C said...

Oooooh...a swanky candy machine just down the hallway! When I lived/taught in Japan, I had a swanky "everything-but-your-kitchen-sink" machine right outside our apartment building! The machine sold everything from food, name it, they had it!

C said...

Uncivil:'s wayyyyy better than an Almond Joy or Mounds bar!! I've tried both of those and the Chocolate Works' Coconut bar makes anything else pale in comparison!

C said...

I may have to send you a little something then! ;)

C said...

I think you mentioned really liking the chocolate covered licorice and the Bear Claws, right? You'd better come up and visit us this summer!!! I suppose I could bring some chocolate for you next time I'm in your area, but it would be much better if you came to visit us!! Tee hee! ;)

C said...

Ohhh, yes!! Mustn't forget about the health benefits! :) I know scientists and doctors say it applies only to the darker chocolates, but can't we just pretend that milk chocolate is also healthy? ;p

hotmommy said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thats it! we're on our way over there now! {[[[[[[[[[[lol}}}}}}}}}}

but sriously, how does august look for you guys? up for more visitors or are you all visitor-ed out? lemme know

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Sounds and looks like your taste buds were exploding in ecstasy! Glad you enjoyed the experience.

C said...

We'll have a student in August. He's staying for a month. You can still come though!!! We'll make room! :) xoxo

C said...

Tee hee! Thanks :) Luckily for us, The Chocolate Works is not walking distance from our house! LOL! ;)

Jeanna said...

That pecan caramel wave is a gorgeous one, thanks again.
I'm with J. on all things coconut, must be from watching all those Gilligan's Islands.

Jinxy said...

Those look soooo good. I love Oreo's so I really want to try that oreo treat. Just so much goodness in one bite.

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