Review: The Tea Room Organic Tea Infusions Chocolate Bars

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Thumbs up!"The quality of the chocolate used in this is outstanding and it pretty much melted in my mouth. There was no waxiness to speak of and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this bar."
Laura’s Teaview: 9.3/10
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tearoomchocolate-bars"All of our tea-infused treats are carefully crafted to incorporate the perfect balance of tea & chocolate. A natural pairing for your palette's pleasure, our tea & chocolate blends remain faithful to the traditional chocolate experience, utilizing the tea-infusion techniques only in aspiration of elevating the chocolate's taste as well as enhancing its embedded health properties." ---The Tea Room website.

OMG! I am so excited to have the opportunity to review these tea infused chocolate bars! I am a true-blue chocoholic and a little bit of a chocolate snob. You will pretty much never find me in a gas station buying a plain old candy bar as I often find their chocolate to be too waxy tasting for me. Update: I became very ill with a stomach virus shortly after consuming these chocolate bars when reviewing them. I am certain it was a stomach virus and not some type of food poisoning from the chocolate bars. However, it took me awhile to get a taste for them again so that I could finish my review. My apologies to the The Tea Room for the delay in finalizing the review.

I began my sampling of the bars with the Green Earl Grey Dark Chocolate Bar. This bar is a 3 time award winner and The Tea Room lists the ingredients in it as unsweetened organic chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cacao fat, organic green tea, organic bergamot oil. Soy Lecithin added as emulsifier. This bar is undeniably an Earl Grey and dark chocolate fusion. One thing that I enjoyed about this bar is that the Earl Grey is not subtle and I think that the citrusy bergamot dominates the overall the flavor of the bar. I was not able to really taste the green tea in this and if you had told me this was made with an Earl Grey black tea, I would not have argued with you. An initial concern that I had about all of the bars were that they would mostly taste like chocolate with a hint of the tea infusion, but that concern was immediately squelched after just a couple of bites of this bar. The dark chocolate used here is rich, decadent and not at waxy. This is a quality chocolate so if you are like me and hate the chocolate offered in gas stations and vending machines, you can purchase these knowing that is not the case. While I enjoyed this bar, I shared it with a friend, who is not very experienced with Earl Grey, and she did not care for it. She found it to be a little spicy and bitter. Thus, I might not choose this bar out of the extensive collection of tea-infused chocolate bars that The Tea Room offers for someone whom I am not certain if they like Earl Grey.

The next bar that I sampled was the Jasmine Milk Chocolate bar. If you were to offer me a choice of a milk chocolate bar or a dark chocolate bar, I would choose the dark chocolate almost every time. However, this bar actually turned out to be my favorite of the three, which completely surprised me. The Tea Room lists the ingredients of this as unsweetened organic chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cacao fat, organic dry whole milk, organic jasmine green tea. organic tangerine essence, Soy Lecithin added as emulsifier. Initially, I wasn't too sure about the combination of jasmine and milk chocolate. However, the jasmine in this is overshadowed by the tangerine essence. This is more of a tangerine and milk chocolate fusion with a hint of jasmine. I was surprised by that as jasmine is usually such a strong flavor and I was expecting it to take centerstage, but I actually think that this is quite delicious. The quality of the chocolate used in this is outstanding and it pretty much melted in my mouth. There was no waxiness to speak of and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this bar. This was also the favorite of my friend and I practically had to pry the remainder of my sample, which was slated to be enjoyed by me when finalizing the review, out of her greedy little paws. If I were rating these individually, this one would probably get a 10.

The final bar sampled is the Raspberry Rooibos Dark Chocolate Bar. I had initially expected that this one would be my overall favorite of the bunch---and it is good. The Tea Room lists the ingredients of this one as unsweetened organic chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cacao fat, organic red raspberry rooibos tea. Soy Lecithin added as emulsifier. Once again, the dark chocolate used in this is rich and decadent---enough so that by the time I got to this bar, I was craving a glass of milk! I found the marriage of the rooibos with dark chocolate to be a really good pairing. The raspberry flavor is delicious and spot on. The raspberry flavor is not as dominating as the tangerine and Earl Grey flavors were in the previous bars. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I found the raspberry to be elusive, but I just found the flavor profile to err more on the side of the dark chocolate and rooibos with a nice raspberry backdrop. My friend who sampled these with me agreed that the raspberry was a little subtle.

Overall, I found these bars to be VERY nicely done. I have tried a number of tea infused chocolates and these are definitely amongst the better ones. In all, The Tea Room offers 8 of these Tea Infusions Chocolate Bars and there is not one that I don't want to try (they even have a white chocolate one)! Further, as someone who is always watching my waistline, I found that the calorie content in these wasn't too terrible. A serving size is half of a bar and that will cost you 140 calories that are totally worth it. Further, these are rich enough that it would be easy to be relatively satisfied with a quarter of a bar at one sitting. The Tea Room also has a section of wine and chocolate pairings for those of us that might be interested in enjoying these with a couple splashes of wine ;) Thumbs up!

— To purchase The Tea Room Organic Tea Infusions Chocolate Bars, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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