A few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at Chocomize. They asked me if I'd like to customize a few chocolate bars to review and I of course said yes. It's not very often I turn down chocolate :-) But I didn't know what Chocomize was until I visited their website. It's a pretty genius concept- customisable chocolate.
First you start off by choosing dark, milk or white chocolate then you can choose up to 5 different ingredients to add to your chocolate bar to make it uniquely yours. You can choose from Nuts & Seeds, Fruits, Herbs & Spices, Candy, Decorations and Other tidbits like beef jerky, pretzels or coffee beans. There are over 90 Chocomize ingredients to choose from- and that proved to be the hardest part!
At first I decided to make 2 bars for my mother and MIL for Mother's Day. For my mom's bar I chose dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, dried cranberries and orange slices. My MIL likes milk chocolate so I added whole almonds, toffee pieces and dried cranberries to hers. Both of those bars had decorative "Happy Mother's Day" plaques on them made out of white chocolate. They both really enjoyed their bars but I didn't get to taste because they wouldn't share. ha ha!
Then I chose to make a bar for myself, one for Mr. H and a fun bar just because. What's neat about these bars is that you can choose to name them. They'll then print a label on the back of their signature yellow package that says the name of the chocolate bar as well as what's in it along with the nutrition facts. It's truly a customisable chocolate bar- it's Chocomize!
First up is Sam's Decadence Bar- This is a dark chocolate bar with 23K gold flakes, ground coffee beans, toffee pieces and whole pecan halves. The gold doesn't add any flavor it's just a fun thing to add to chocolate. why not? Mr. H really liked this one, but he should, he picked everything! My only complaint was that I couldn't taste the ground coffee- I forgot it was in there.
This was my choice as I love cinnamon and chocolate together. Cinnamon Crunch Bar- This was a dark chocolate bar with cinnamon toast cereal, whole almonds and a dusting of ground cinnamon. I, of course, loved the flavors in this bar, I just wish the cinnamon had a stronger flavor all throughout the chocolate.
The third bar was a result of a salty/ sweet craving. I'm calling this the Meat & Potatoes Bar- which is a dark chocolate bar filled with beef jerky and topped with potato chips. This was a crazy bar! I liked the sweet and saltiness of the chocolate with the potato chips but neither Mr. H or I were fans of the beef jerky, mostly because it was smoky. An odd combination but it was fun to try.
And lastly I customized a bar for Aaron's birthday. It was a milk chocolate bar with a white chocolate "Happy Birthday" plaque and a birthday candle. Topped off with Pop Rocks candy and gummy bears. I was really excited about this bar but because of the heat here in Texas, the Pop Rocks did not survive. They melted all over the chocolate and the package, though the chocolate was still in perfect condition. I emailed them and they sent me a replacement bar, only the replacement was even worse than the first. If I wanted another bar, I had to pay for it (which I did, sans Pop Rocks).
The chocolate bars start at $3.85, then they go up from there depending on what you want on your bar. The cost of the add-ons range from 50 cents to $3.90 cents for the gold flakes, but the average cost of the toppings is about 95 cents. If you don't want to customize your bar (and I don't know why you wouldn't!) you can choose from one of their Favorites Bars.
All in all, this was a fun little experience and I think it would make a great Father's Day, birthday or graduation gift if you have a chocolate lover in the family. The chocolate is creamy and the ingredients are quality and you know you're getting the freshest bar ever, since it's not made til you order it.
If you'd like to try your hand at a customizable chocolate bar from Chocomize then head on over to their website now! If you enter the code- lickthebowl (one word lowercase) during checkout you will receive 10% off your purchase.