Sunday, February 20, 2011


Choc Create

Your Chocolate Your Way

This chocolate tastes delicious and it’s fun and easy to create custom chocolate bars.

First, you choose the base – dark chocolate, white chocolate or milk chocolate. And then you get to choose what else you would like in your chocolate. They have things that you would expect and lots of unique choices.

I chose dark chocolate for each of my bars and different types of ingredients for each of the bars.

The fruit bar I created is tasty and looks pretty. I think the kiwi are especially fun.
•Dried Kiwi
•Dried Apricots
•Sour Tart Cherries
•Yogurt Chips

The bacon bar might be my favorite. Yes, bacon and chocolate are quite tasty together. And I think the salt is a nice addition.
•Real Bacon Bits
•Coarse Sea Salt
•Raw Walnuts

My “coffee drink” blend is made up of things that I like in my coffee. The flavors all work well together and the candied mint leaves look pretty.
•Bourbon Vanilla
•Raw Hazelnuts
•Ground Espresso
•Cocoa Nibs
•Candied Mint Leaves

You may like my choices or you may like something totally different. They have best sellers and special selections available for purchase, but I really like the idea of creating something special and one of a kind!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Ages ago, Bianca from ChocCreate contacted me with an offer to customize my own chocolate bar. My first reaction was that ChocCreate was another one of those clever chocolatiers who mold chocolate into fanciful shapes and market to brides-to-be and creative marketers. Usually those kinds of chocolates look fun but taste waxy and I am not a fan.

But ChocCreate is different. Their concept is to allow their customers to actually chose the ingredients of their chocolate bar and make a one-of-a-kind creation. They sent me a $25 gift certificate to concoct whatever chocolate I could dream up.

And my heart started beating faster. Because I was so smitten with the concept, I ended up making four chocolate bars and spending extra. And I had a blast.

You can make your bar with dark, milk or white chocolate and they purport to use only the finest German chocolate as their base. There are over 101 ingredients you can combine including every fruit and nut you can fathom plus a variety of cutesy decorations to add. But then there is the outrageous – 23karat gold power, mimosa flowers (which, by the way, were delish), cheddar gold fish and tortilla chips!

This is what I made …
#1 “All My Favs in One Place” = Dark chocolate with candied almonds, red Hawaiian sea salt, sour tart cherries and topped with a pair of candy lips. Mwah.
#2 “Back To Nature” = Dark chocolate with blueberries, kiwi, mimosa flowers, raw pistachios, whole flax seeds, cinnamon and a candy palm tree.
#3 “Roll of the Dice” = Milk chocolate with candied mint leaves, granulated honey, nutmeg, raspberries, teddy grahams, walnuts and topped with some dice-shaped candy.
#4 “Just Because I Can” = Milk chocolate with candied rose flowers, cheddar gold fish, gummi bears, pumpkin seeds & tortilla chips (I *know*. I am an 11-year-old boy).

They were all fun and I wasn’t disappointed when I received them. I have never enjoyed a chocolate review more. Because it was MY chocolate!

I preferred the quality of the dark chocolate over the milk and my favourite bar (hands down) was creation #1 – but that’s not surprising because I really did just put all my favourite chocolate pairings in one bar. Perfection.

While I won’t quit my day job and become a chocolatier anytime soon, they were all a hit except #4. Which, well, was not to be expected. How could I have not been curious to see such bizarre ingredients with chocolate? And it tasted as strange as it sounded. Especially the bites that included cheddar gold fish. Whoa. But that was my fault -not ChocCreate. However, I would caution, no matter how adventurous you are feeling, to skip the gummi bears as they are super stale. All the other ingredients, however, were of absolutely fabulous quality.

Each of my Sandra-ized chocolate bars cost between $7.95 and $11.40. Not bad for individualized, interesting chocolates that you get to control.

I have to admit, I am hooked. Ever since placing my first order I have been day-dreaming about other chocolatey combinations to try. I have a feeling that will live in my internet browser’s “favourites” for a long time to come!


I'd love to introduce you to Choccreate today! Choccreate is the ultimate chocolate bar creation site that specializes in creating your own chocolate bars with many unique toppings! Choccreate is the perfect place to shop at this Valentine's Day! Your loved ones will be in for a treat when they try this chocolate out!

It is very simple to make your own chocolate bar at Choccreate. You first get to choose which chocolate that you would like. You have 3 chocolate choices which are: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate. The chocolate bars are all priced at $3.95 and then you can add toppings onto the chocolate for an additional price. You can choose toppings from cereals, nuts, herbs, spices, and many more toppings. You will also find Gummi Bears and M & M's which are each .75 cents extra to add them onto the chocolate for just one example.

Choccreate has some already customized chocolate that are some best sellers and favorites to choose from or you can create your own chocolate bars from all the selections their are to choose from! You must trust me that it is very hard to choose from the great selection of toppings their are. I had a really hard time to choose which toppings I wanted to add to my chocolate!

Choccreate has super fast shipping that is amazing. They package their chocolate very well in plastic wrapping and put the chocolate inside of a beautiful box that is ready for you to give as a gift. This box is a reusable box that you could use on another occasion. The presentation of the chocolate and box was top notch and amazing!

Choccreate let me choose 2 candy bars to try out! I let Paul pick out a chocolate bar that he'd like. He wanted to be somewhat healthy so he chose the dark chocolate with dried banana chips, granola, raw hazel nuts, and granulated honey. This candy bar was good. It was a crunchy chocolate bar with all the toppings that Paul picked. It was hard to taste the toppings because the dark chocolate seemed to over power the toppings. The dark chocolate was tasty. If you like a crunchy chocolate bar, then this would be a good candy bar for you.

I picked out the next candy bar that was made with milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, and raw macadamia nuts. This was our ultimate favorite candy bar of the two candy bars we were able to sample! I have always been a fan of macadamia nuts and chocolate so this chocolate bar did not disappoint! It was everything I thought it would be and more! The marshmallows were soft on top of the chocolate adding a yummy taste. I would definitely purchase this chocolate bar again!

I definitely recommend Choccreate to you this Valentine's Day! Visit Choccreate today and start creating your own chocolate bars!


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

I recently had the opportunity to review Choccreate chocolates!

I was able to review two chocolate bars!

The first one was milk chocolate, dried strawberries and bananas.
This was amazing! The milk chocolate was so good and the bananas and strawberries were so good!
I was so impressed with the fruit that was in the chocolate bar. I have had dried fruit in chocolate before and it wasn't very good. This almost tasted like fresh fruit!

The second was milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, m &m's and gummi bears!
This chocolate bar was also very good! This was a fun chocolate bar to eat! My favorite part of it was the gummi bears! They taste so good in chocolate!

I was very impressed by the quality of this chocolate! It wasn't like other kinds of milk chocolate it had such a better taste to it. Maybe because it hasn't sat on the shelves of stores for month, and it was made when I put my order in!

Choccreate has so many different flavors you can put on the chocolate bar. They also have three different kinds of chocolate to start your chocolate bar with. Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate (I'm not a fan of White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate gives me migraines!)

To top your chocolate bars they have fruits, nuts, cereal, cheeze-its (yeah, cheeze-its!), decorations, and herbs and spices! There are a TON to choose from! It took me almost a day to pick what I wanted on two chocolate bars!

Not only are they good and have a ton of different things to choose from, but they are very reasonably priced!

I give these a 5 out of 5!!

Head on over and check them out!!


Friday, January 28, 2011


It's time to redefine Valentine's chocolates, and scrap the tacky foil and lace red heart box, for a much more chic and personal one. If you've ever wondered how cool it would be to create your own candy bars, look no further than Choccreate!

Momma Told Me: The best candy bar is subjective.

What is your all time, favorite candy bar? Does it have coconut in it? Or perhaps nuts, caramel, or nougat? Shopping for Valentine's chocolates for your sweetie can be a little challenging, and unfortunately, I'm not about to make that any easier. It's bad enough there are 3 main types of chocolates, but then when you add cocoa percentages, and filling or toppings, my sweet tooth aches from conceptual overload. It's for this exact reason people either hate, or love the traditional Valentine's gift of a box of chocolates (hold onto the box notion for a moment). For me, it's always been a bit hairy, having to weed out all of the 'pesky' impostors for good chocolate. My grandparents would always give me the $.88 mini boxes, which tasted just awful, full of aromatic cremes. My father, he'd get me a bod twice the size of my head, and I become so overwhelmed I'd inevitably start chucking random chocolates in my face!

In 2007, after her mother passed away, Choccreate's creator sought to spread the joy and warmth her mother had given each year during the holidays. With custom candy bars topped with nuts, fruit, and decorations to match the season, her Momma would bring smiles to everyone through a love of chocolate. Taking the emotion and spark of individually designed chocolates, the company set out to provide a unique customer experience superior to any other.

Featuring the finest of German milk, white, and dark chocolate as a base, Choccreate offers a unique line of their own zany creations, as well as a custom ordering system. Buyers can select from healthy pre-designed bars, or Zora's personal foodie favorites, for fast processing and easy shopping. Surprisingly, the pricing on these custom treats is actually much lower than comparable services. Instead of charging by weight, or using a complex price level chart, Choccreate shows the price to add each topping before you ever even click. I don't have to browse 'ingredient tiers', or do fancy math, the cart updates immediately, and the price is always visible before adding! This just may be my favorite feature!

To customize a bar, or two, or three, for your sweetie, simply begin by choosing one of the 3 main premium bar bases. Each 3.5 oz bar starts at just $3.95. Then, choose from a variety of topping across several categories; Fruit, Nuts & Cereal, Gourmet, Decorations, Herbs & Spices, and Extras & More. Under 'fruit' you'll find a rainbow of premium dried fruits such as kiwi, banana chips, and papaya. Nuts & Cereal featured 18 varieties of seeds/nuts, and a handful of cereal based ingredients. The gourmet category is slightly more eccentric, with the option to add 24kt Gold Powder for $3.50, or Candied Rose Petals for $1.95. Extras & More is an interesting collection of salty and sweet treats, Decorations covers an array of sugar charms for holidays and themes, and you'll find everything from crushed spearmint to curry powder under Herbs & Spices.

Individual topping additions start as low as $0.35, and are distributed evenly across the bar during it's setting period. When I later returned to create my bars for review, I noticed there was no way to 'double up' on a topping. I found myself wishing I could pay for extra of a topping, but there was no option. Perhaps this is a feature they will implement in the future, or a simple note at checkout would suffice? I also couldn't find an indication of maximum ingredients, but surely one 3.5 chocolate bar couldn't hold everything on the menu, so I wouldn't go with more than 5 to start. If you're feeling especially daring, you can order a mystery bar for $5, and if you're unsure of your sweetie's likes, there's also the certificate option.

In the end, with shipping, it often averages near $25 for 3-4 bars, depending on topping, which isn't bad for 10.5-14 ounces of custom, gourmet chocolate! After I ordered, I was impressed to receive a complete receipt, followed by a processing and shipping notice, as the order was completed. My Choccreate package arrived and I truly had no idea what to expect. What I found, pleasantly surprised me. Nestled in a high quality, gift worthy box, with top-view window were my candy bars. The brown and pink presentation box was tied off with an attached ribbon for a highly professional appearance that made me feel as though I was truly special, and enhanced the custom experience.

After I'd sufficiently admired the packaging, I opened it up to find my bars nestled amongst a thick layer of shredded packing, which had kept my bars in one piece during the journey. Each Choccreate bar was individually wrapped (in 2 layer like sleeves great for snacking), with an ingredients label on the back. How wonderful is it to know you picked out each and every ingredient in your bar! I immediately noticed the toppings were evenly distributed, and even arranged artistically. We had made one of each type of chocolate bar, and I eyed my milk chocolate, candied sunflower seed, Cheez-It creation with glee. I couldn't wait to dive in, and boy was it satisfying. While cheesy crackers likely sound odd as a topping for chocolate, it added a delightful flaky texture and hint of salt I thoroughly enjoyed in contrast to the crunch of the sunflower kernels!

Not only was the presentation perfect, but the quality of the chocolate was amazing, with it's melt-in-your-mouth qualities. We couldn't scarf our creations down fast enough. I could tell the white chocolate was premium because it didn't flake like sugary imitations do, and the dried strawberries were full of flavor. I don't think we had a single complain about the toppings we chose, and I'd gladly pay to have them again! something I'd like to see in the future? Customizable labels!

What Daughter Says: Make your favorite candy bar, your Choccreate bar!

Thursday, January 27, 2011


I came across the best site ever!

Combine your favorite ingredients with the chocolate you love to Choccreate your own delicious masterpiece!

Seriously if you don't give them a try you are missing out!

We were able to make two of our own creations, here is what we came up with....

I love white chocolate, and pistachios so it was the perfect combination for me..and I added cranberries to give it a sweet twist.. Wow.. so good!!! The chocolate simply melts in your mouth and the flavor of the added ingredients added a fabulous twist on a chocolate bar unlike one you can just pick up at the store!

The kids chose something a little more to their liking....smooth milk chocolate...and a very colorful selection, perfect for the kid in all of us, yet still some delicious ingredients!  The sunflower Sunbeams were a very unusual and fun ingredient, and of course M&Ms were delicious! A big pair of lips left the kids giggling and added that extra touch to the final chocolate bar. The gummy bears looked a little silly and were a bit tough for the kids to eat, but were still a fun selection. Not sure I would add them again only because of the way they toughen up.

The mold they are made with leaves lines and gives it that usual chocolate bar look, but when cut into pieces they don't hold together so well cutting through the ingredients to share. LOL..but what does that matter, right.. it all tastes the same!  You want a piece..don't you!

The taste was suburb and the selection of ingredients to choose from are amazing. Nuts & cereals, herbs & spices, fruit, gourmet and edible decorations! Some things I would have never imagined adding them to a chocolate bar, definitely looking forward to trying more!

A little about how they got started:
Created in memory of her mother the owner tells us that every Christmas Eve, and sometimes around Easter,her mother would melt & temper her own chocolate. She always added her own favorite ingredients and then would decorate the bars sometimes to match the current season. Her mother passed away in July 2007, she missed the chocolates that she always made, their personal touch and her creative imagination.
She now makes chocolates to recreate those memories like her mother used to for family & friends and started the company to share her love with others of the individually personalized chocolates an uniqueness of it all.

German milk, white, and dark chocolate as a base and choose your own creations & custom ordering where you can select pre-designed bars, or choose one of Zora's favorites!

What a better holiday then Valentine's Day to indulge your sweet tooth and spoil you or the ones you love with some  delicious chocolate! Take a look at their site and order some sweet treats for the big day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Heck of a Bunch REVIEW

There's two different kinds of chocolate. The first is yeah-it-tastes-okay-and-fulfills-the-craving chocolate. The second is ooh-ooh-oh-my-I-don't-want-to-share-it-tastes-so-good chocolate. The chocolate from ChocCreate is the latter.

ChocCreate is an online company that gives you, the consumer, the option to decide what you want in your candy bar. The list of ingredients within five different categories lets you indulge in chocolate in a whole new way.

To create a custom candy bar, the first step is to choose from dark, white, or milk chocolate. From there, you choose the ingredients you'd like added to make a creation all your own.

I chose two different candy bars to create. The process in itself is simple and the list of ingredients to choose from is ample. I found it helpful that each ingredient has the price listed so you know exactly how much you are spending on each candy bar and its additions.

The first candy bar I customized and received was a 3.5 oz milk chocolate bar with marshmallows, teddy grahams, and gummi bears. The second was a 3.5 oz dark chocolate bar with corn flakes, sunflower seeds, and pecan nuts.

Seriously, the candy bars with no additions are divine. The gourmet German chocolate that they are created from is heavenly. The dark chocolate bar has a rich flavor and I was able to savor it for days. Just taking a couple bites at a time was satisfying. With the dark chocolate bar, the different flavors together gave a nice, crunchy texture. With the milk chocolate bar, the crunchiness of the Teddy Grahams and the fluff of the marshmallows gave a delightful blend of taste. The gummi bears tasted good in the bar as well, but they were a little chewy.

When purchasing individual ingredients for your candy bar, there isn't a clear specification on how much of each specific item will be added. However, it seems that a pattern is played out when the candy bar arrives. ChocCreate delved deep into my taste buds and gave me sweet treats to savor and remember.