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EspressoChip

The Holiday Trio box has three different cookies in it: to the left is the burnt sugar and fennel cookies, the middle is the salted rosemary, and the right is the espresso chip.

Product Information:

100% whole wheat shortbread with espresso and chocolate chips

I received the Lark Holiday Trio box which included these cookies in my December Knoshy Box!

Tea Suggestion:

When I have shortbread cookies, I like to have a rich black tea to go along with … perfect for dipping!  I chose This English Breakfast Tea from Tea of Life to drink with these cookies.  Yum!

What I Think:

OK, I am not a fan of coffee.  No, that’s not completely accurate.  I used to be a big fan of coffee, but, I realized at some point that it was that morning cup of java that was making me feel ill around 11 am every day.  And what I’m not a big fan of is feeling ill.

So, I stopped drinking coffee and started drinking more tea.  At the time that I was drinking coffee, I was also drinking tea but I was more of an occasional tea drinker.  I fell in love with tea and the rest is history.

So, whenever I’m encountered with stuff that … has coffee or coffee products in it (and espresso is coffee) I tend to be a bit … leery of it.  And so I was leery of these shortbread cookies.  But, I do love the other cookies I’ve tried from Lark so I  was hopeful.

And these are tasty.  A strong coffee taste to them and notes of chocolate.  I wish there was more chocolate but every once in a while, I get a bite with big chocolate flavor and I like that.  I love the texture of these cookies.  Lark manages to nail the shortbread texture perfectly in their cookies.  It’s sort of flaky and layer-y and buttery and crumbly … and just plain WOW!

My Final Thoughts:

These were tasty.  Of the different Lark cookies that I’ve tried, I’d have to say that these were my least favorite, but that’s because of the espresso.  I would have much rather had the spiced chocolate krinkles cookies from Lark … they sound amazing!  However, these cookies do get bonus points for being made with whole wheat.  It makes me think I’m eating healthy when I know that I’m not.  But, the illusion helps me feel less guilty … somehow.  So, I liked them … but didn’t love them as much as I’ve loved the other Lark cookies.  Still real good though.

Product Description:

The richest biscotti, extra dark cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate chips and grown La Columbe espresso allows them to stand on their own.

Learn more about Gilda’s Biscotti on their blog.

Tea Suggestion:

I love dunking biscotti in my tea!  For this richly flavored biscotti, I selected an equally as rich tea:  this amazing Laoshan Northern Black tea from Verdant Tea.  The deep, rich chocolate flavor of the biscotti really highlights the delicious chocolate-y tones of the tea.

What I Think:

As I’ve said before, I love biscotti, so I’m always happy to try different brands and varieties!  This is the first of several flavors of Gilda’s Biscotti that I will be sampling over the next couple of weeks.

These little pieces of biscotti are so cute.  They aren’t those typical LONG pieces of biscotti that you might find elsewhere.  Each piece of biscotti is just over 1 1/2 inches long and about 1/4 of an inch wide.  They’re bite size, making them a lovely treat to serve with my morning tea.

Texture wise, it is very much what I expected from biscotti.  Very hard and crunchy.  I have reviewed other biscotti on this blog, some had a slightly softer texture … they were still incredibly crunchy but not quite as hard as these.  And while I do prefer the slightly softer texture, that is not to say that I dislike these, because I don’t!

I love the flavor of this one.  I am not normally one to enjoy espresso (coffee?  me?  NO!)  But I do have to admit that the espresso goes very well with chocolate.  I don’t really taste a strong coffee/espresso flavor, but, I do taste how it enriches the chocolate tones in a way that nothing else can.  The chocolate is so incredibly rich, I taste so many subtle nuances within the dark chocolate now that are just … absent … when espresso or coffee is not added.

My Final Thoughts:

Overall, these are rich and chocolatey, with a strong, crunchy texture that although quite hard to the tooth, it does not detract from the delicious flavor of the chocolate.  These biscotti should be on every chocoholic’s must try list!