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French Broad Chocolates Review

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French Broad Chocolates Review

About French Broad Chocolates

French Broad Chocolates is not your average chocolatier. It all started when a young couple fell in love. So naturally, as all young couples in love, they took a fun and exciting trip to Costa Rica. After experiencing life in Costa Rica, they both dropped out of graduate school, bought a 40-foot vegetable oil power bus and hit the town running. Living in the area they did, they were exposed to cocoa beans as well as a town that truly understood the bean. The young lovers studied chocolate for over a year and opened a chocolate shop. They soon knew that they were meant to be chocolate people. And we are sincerely grateful that they discovered their calling!

Their first shop was Bread and Chocolate located in Costa Rice (has been since sold), they are now back in the United States and own French Broad Chocolates Lounge in Asherville, North Carolina. When in Costa Rica they helped restored an abandoned cacao farm, as well as helped a friend build a fermentary. By helping their local friends, they now have the connections to directly buy small batches for always fresh and perfectly grown beans. This allows French Broad Chocolates to be miles ahead of any other chocolatiers as far as quality and freshness goes.

French Broad Chocolates are one of a handful of chocolatiers in the world to be bean-to-bar-to-truffle.

My Simple Green Living series is focused on all types of business and products that are in someway ‘green’. French Broad Chocolates supports local businesses by buying their honey from local sources. They strive to buy all their ingredients (like the fruit found in some chocolates) from organic suppliers to ensure the highest quality product to their customers. They even compost things like their egg shells and certain packaging. The most impactful (in my personal opinion) is their support of fair trade. “To ensure that this hard work is valued fairly, we can rely on direct contact, conscientious middlemen, association with like-minded chocolatiers, and fair trade certification.”French Broad Chocolates Website

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Mama’s Experience

French Broad Chocolate Review

I was able to review 3 amazing products by French Broad Chocolates: a box of truffles (Holiday Collection), Chocolate Sip and Hazelnut Dragée. Each was far more decadent than I would have expected. After researching the company I knew that this chocolate was not going to be any old chocolate. I knew I was going to be able to taste the difference when indulging in a French Broad treat.

Truffles

As the seasons change and the different holidays come and go, French Broad Chocolates keeps things fresh and current. By ensuring you always get the most fresh batch possible they have limited qualities of special edition treats (like the one I was able to review) and others that are (while still fresh) available year-round.

Currently they have 4 stunning collections of truffles to choose from:

My box was the 2015 Holiday Collection. This box featured the following truffles: gingerbread, peppermint, eggnog, champagne, fruitcake and pecan pie caramel.

truffle combo

These are not the type of treat you keep popping into your mouth one after the next, as you mindlessly watch a Chopped marathon. These are the real deal when it comes to top self truffles. Relax. Slowly take a bite. Let is fully melt in your mouth. This allows the palette to fully take in the depth of flavors as well as the silky smooth texture. By slowly enjoying these fine chocolates you will have so much respect for the love that was put into every cocoa bean.

Hazelnut Dragée

French Broad Chocolates makes 2 types of dragée: almond and hazelnut. I was able to review the hazelnut.

When it comes to sweet and salty snacks, French Broad hit the mark! These are one of the coolest chocolate treats I have ever tried. Its a simple yet stunning creation. A whole hazelnut was lightly dipped in chocolate and then dusted with the same soft chocolate flakes. This gives you 2 chocolate flavors to take in as well as the salty, crunchy nut at the center. These are great for that moment you are craving that tiny bit of sweetness but not wanting to ruin your waist line. You can have a little something without the guilt of slamming half of a chocolate bar. I highly recommend grabbing a bag to help you stay in check if you crave chocolate but watching your figure.

Hazelnut dragee

Chocolate Sip

This is not a hot chocolate. This is a chocolate sip! French Broad Chocolates make their Chocolate Sip with house-ground chocolate, and suggest that we steam it with just enough water to be sippable. I boiled 1/4 cup of water and poured it over 3 tablespoons of this house-ground chocolate. I quickly whisked it to make a deeply flavorful sipping chocolate treat. You can also make it with milk, for a thicker treat or heavy cream for a full on party in your mouth.

Be sure to drink it sooner than later if you only make it with 1/4 cup of liquid. this is because it will go cold faster due to the small amount of liquid in the cup.

sipping raw

(PS – the sipping chocolate bites are good enough to eat raw! )

Please head over to French Broad Chocolates website. Check out their amazon selection and try out a few things today.

 

 

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  • Reply Dari

    I love the ingredients, the packaging, and they look delicious!

    January 18, 2016 at 7:28 am
  • Reply Jill H

    These all sound wonderful & what a cool love story. I love truffles but would love to try the Dragee, I have never had that before.

    January 18, 2016 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Sara Schwab

    You have the nice’s giveaways. But in the future can you do NFL GIFT BASKETS . LIKE TO SEE BUFFALO BILLS AND HORROR MOVIES TOO

    January 18, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Kristen Starks

    My mouth is over here watering! Wow! I REALLY love that they make all their chocolate fresh, and the holiday flavors you had the pleasure of tasting are absolutely incredible! Also, I’ve never even seen anything like the chocolate sip – I’m so used to the little packages of hot cocoa. These all look so deliciously decadent! Thank you for reviewing these!

    January 18, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Omgosh!! Chocolate sip!! Drooling over here!!! Chocolate is my absolute weakness!! This place sounds amazing!!

    January 18, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Lynne

    I really enjoy supporting businesses who give back to others. I appreciated you relaying the story of how this couple helped friends they had made in Costa Rica to become successful at their businesses. Plus, the chocolate just looks darn yummy!

    January 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Rena

    I love chocolate!

    January 19, 2016 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Marti Tabora

    I really like the ingredients and the flavor combinations that they have available. I can’t wait to try some of them. Thanks.

    January 20, 2016 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Barrie

    We’ll be going to Asheville NC this summer so I’ll be sure to stop past! I’ll start saving now! LOL

    January 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Cassandra Marie

    What a unique story behind this company. Every product you reviewed sounds wonderful. I kept thinking “I would enjoy that one the most” but then I read the next part, and changed my mind. Now I can’t decide!

    January 21, 2016 at 2:33 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Tarlow

    These Chocolates look and sound incredible! I love the Love story behind French Broad Chocolates and the fact that they support Fair Trade!!

    January 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Cheryl

    The Pecan Pie Caramel Truffle looks mouth-watering.

    January 24, 2016 at 2:30 am
  • Reply polly

    Oh, my goodness your Truffles look awesome!Would love to try them!!!

    January 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm
  • Reply dominique

    Oh my goodness. My mouth is watering! I love that they were so inspired to fix up an abandoned cacao farm in costa rica! such a dream turned reality

    January 25, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Flickinger

    I have never heard of these chocolates before and I am a chocolate lover! Would love to try their truffles!

    January 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I would love to try the gingerbread truffle! Sounds delicious! 🙂

    January 27, 2016 at 12:48 am
  • Reply Donna

    All of these sound delicious, I would love to try them. The Salted Caramel Collection sounds great because I love salted caramel.

    January 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Jeanna Massman

    The hazelnut dragee sound so delicious! I absolutely love the combination of sweetness with a little salt.

    January 31, 2016 at 2:51 am
  • Reply Stacy

    I love that they restored a cacao farm in Costa Rica to get started and that they still source sustainably from Costa Rica. Also the fact that they have vegan chocolate is awesome, because so many “fancy” chocolatiers add dairy, which is completely unnecessary.

    January 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Jennifer H.

    I learned that the French Broad Chocolates supports local businesses by buying their honey from local sources.

    February 2, 2016 at 3:37 am
  • Reply Brandon Sparks

    I really can’t wait to be able to try ths.

    February 2, 2016 at 8:39 am
  • Reply shannon fowler

    I really want to try the pecan pie trifle. I have never seen one this flavor before, and I can only imagine how delicious it is.

    February 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply John H.

    I think that it’s cool that they compost things like their egg shells and certain packaging.

    February 2, 2016 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Betsy Barnes

    These chocolates look and sound amazing! I have been to Ashevile, NC many times and never ran across this place. Definitely will look them up the next time I visit. 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jerry Marquardt

    The ingredients are excellent. I loved your review on this fine chocolate by French Broad.

    February 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply laurie murley

    this sounds like a great product, I would love to try it

    February 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm
  • Reply Sherry moffitt

    Have never tried them before but they look delicious.

    April 16, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    These chocolates sound delicious! I will have to buy some for my family.

    April 26, 2016 at 6:46 am
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