Looking to give some chocolate this Mother’s Day or Easter? Leave the bon bons and the bunnies to the guys with no imagination. This year you’re going unique, unusual and custom. This year you’re going with Chocri.
Imagine a site where you can select one of four delicious gourmet chocolate bases (milk, dark, white, and a milk and white combo), then add on your choice of up to five toppings, from a list of dozens that includes such taste bud pleasing favorites as raisins, roasted almonds, caramel pieces and rice crispies.
But before you think Chocri has stopped at the doorstep of The Expected Usual, they cross over into the exotic, unusual, and downright insane, with a bevy of additional topping choices that’ll blow your chocolate-loving mind. Think Bourbon Vanilla, ground chili, basil, cayenne pepper, wasabi peanuts, real gold flakes, candied rose petals, corn flakes, or my personal favorite: Bacon.
Yep. Bacon. And trust me, the bacon chocolate bar I ordered did not last long. The folks at Chocri let me create a few bars to try, and Bacon with Fleur de Sel (sea salt) on dark chocolate was the first one I created on their ridiculously easy-to-use shopping cart. And once you create them, you can name your new chocolate inventions whatever you want. The others I tried, in case you want some excellent recipe suggestions, were:
Suggested by Carmen from Chocri:
My Chocri: Milk Chocolate with Strawberry Bits, Roasted Almonds, Hazelnut Brittle, Cinnamon and Real Gold Flakes. (Perfect for mom or your girl. Great combo of sweet and salty.)
Bacon: Dark Chocolate with Bacon and Fleur de Sel. (The perfect meat candy for any occasion.)
Anti-Hangover Chocolate Bar: Milk Chocolate with Ginger, Banana Chips, Coffee and Fleur de Sel (The ginger really pushes the flavor over the edge. I’m now addicted. Didn’t have it after a hangover, so can’t attest to it’s powers there.)
Created and named by me:
Beer Nuts Bar: Milk Chocolate with Peanuts, Roasted Almonds, Organic Salt Pretzels, Raisins and Roasted Cashews. (Carmen was skeptical of my ode to bar food, but it delivers a great mix of sweet and salty.)
The Tropical Bachelor: Milk Chocolate with Mango Cubes, Coconut Flakes, Pineapple Bits, Caramel Pieces and Bourbon Vanilla. (What I imagine enjoying with a couple of hula dancers on a tropical island somewhere…)
Dark Morning: Dark Chocolate with Strawberry Bits, Caramel Chocolate Drops and Fleur de Sel. (An excellent combo, but I should have added ground coffee for the full effect. Next time.)
And there are over 30 combos on the site created by those who have gone before you, to help give you some more inspiration. (Another favorite: Strawberry Basil Martini.)
Each large, 3.5 ounce bar starts at $5.90 for white and run to $8.90 for the milk/white combo. Then the toppings run from around 40 cents on up, depending on how exotic. Now before you tell me that’s pricey for chocolate, this isn’t your mass-produced chocolate. This is top end, special occasion, fair trade, fit for mom chocolate. And for every five you buy, you get one more free.
So put down the hollow bunny, and pick up your mouse. It’s time to play Wonka.