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Hooray … it’s another month, and that means a new month for Knoshbox!   To think … a couple of months I was so sad about Foodzie merging with Joyus and now I’m overJoyus to have found both Knoshbox AND Petit Amuse.  (Don’t you love the punny double meaning there?)

Anyway… this month’s Knoshbox theme is “Wine Trail Box” and while this isn’t really a theme that excites me a whole lot… the contents of the box DO excite me and I can simply replace the “Wine” with “Tea” and just as easily call this a Tea Trail Box… because these will make wonderfully tasty tea time treats!

Tucked inside this month’s box was a package of Castleton Crackers, Rosemary and Olive Oil Chips from Deep River Snacks, A Chorizo Rioja sausage from Olympic Provisions, a cinnamon-clove Simple Square bar, and a chocolate bar from Madecasse Chocolate.  (Um… why yes, I did say CHOCOLATE!)

Also included with the box was a theme card that told a little bit about each of the snacks as well as offered a wine suggestion for each snack.  And while this is a very intriguing group of snacks that would go nicely with wine… as a tea drinker, I look forward to finding just the right tea pairing with each of these.

Also on the back of the theme card was another hand written note.  I’ve got to tell you, it’s little touches like these that makes me miss Foodzie less and less … and I look forward to what the coming months might bring with Knoshbox!

Product Information:

For lovers of chocolate with a crunch. The cocoa nibs add texture to the 63% cocoa bar’s naturally smooth flavor. A light dusting of sea salt intensifies the complex flavors of the cocoa.

Each bite has a satisfyingly sweet & savory experience to be remembered.

Learn more about Madécasse on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

Personally, I prefer black tea with chocolate, as the deep flavors of the tea complement the flavors of the chocolate so well.  With this particular chocolate bar, I found the dimension of flavors to be so pleasing I wanted something fairly mild from my black tea choice, so I chose this Neela from The Tao of Tea.  It has a pleasant sweetness and a mellow character, and it highlights the amazing complexity of this chocolate bar quite nicely.

What I Think:

This is one of those chocolate bars that is so incredibly tasty that it’s difficult to stop eating it.  I broke off a portion of the bar to savor, and the next thing I knew, I looked down to see not only that small portion (about 1/8th of the bar) had vanished, but, HALF of the bar was gone!

I’ve never really paid much attention to the cacao percentages on chocolate as far as determining what percentage level is most satisfying to my palate, but, based upon this experience, I am thinking that my personal preference is in the 60-65% range.  Dark, with lovely bittersweet tones, but not so dark as to overpower some of the more delicate notes within the chocolate.

I am noting some fantastic fruit notes in this bar.  Sweet and luscious, but the added sea salt offsets some of that sweetness so that it does not become cloying.  The sea salt also adds a very enjoyable crunch to the bar (as does the cacao nibs).  It has a deep, roasted flavor to it and I like the way the savory roasted tones and the sweet fruit notes meld together to bring a delectable sweet yet savory contrast.

My Final Thoughts:

Truly a beautiful chocolate experience – this chocolate bar is one that I think all lovers of chocolate should try.

And what an awesome box it is! 

I have discussed the changes made at Foodzie, and I was disappointed at first.  But I think that I’m coming around to the changes.  First of all, even though I didn’t want the “choice” at first, I like that there are three boxes to choose from.  The hardest part is deciding which box to select.

Also something I’ve noticed starting in February, you can find out what products are in each box, not just the theme of the box.  If you really want to know, you can simply scroll down on the description of each box to find a list of what to expect in each box.  I personally like that, because it helps with the decision.  For example, had I known that there was Bloody Mary mix in last month’s “Breakfast in Bed” box, I would have steered clear of it.  I’m just not a Bloody Mary (or any kind of alcoholic kind of drink for that matter) kind of person.  By the same token, had I realized that there was TEA in this “Jump Start Your New Year” box, that would have made it a very easy, instantaneous choice for me!

This box contains a whopping EIGHT items in it, including a sample size package of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Kelapo, two sample size packages of “Somersaults” snacks from Somersault Snack Co., a granola bar from 18 Rabbits, Kale Crunch Snacks from Alive & Radiant, Sun-Ripened Pu’er Tea from Five Mountains, Chocolate (YES, CHOCOLATE!) from Madécasse, and Almonds from Stackhouse Orchards.

Seriously, this is MY kind of box.

So, OK, I’m not the biggest fan of Pu-erh.  Truth be told, it’s my least favorite type of tea, but, I am slowly coming around and beginning to acquire a taste for it.  But it IS a tea company with which I am not familiar, and as a tea reviewer, that’s something that interests me, and that interest outweighs my apprehension about Pu-erh.

Also included in the box is the “theme card,” and it explains the theme of “Jump Start Your New Year” like this:

Practically every day, someone asks us:  How do you eat food for a living and not weigh a ton?  The truth is we get just as excited about a kale salad (we’re sharing our favorite recipe on the blog this month) as an artisan chocolate bar.  We love all good food, not just the sweet stuff.  In fact, after a holiday season of indulgence, we actively crave healthier foods, but we’re still not willing to sacrifice on flavor.  We’ve selected a few of our favorite foods that nourish the body as well as the soul, and allow you to kick your new year into gear.  Whether it’s some protein-y pick-me-ups, chocolate rich in both flavor and antioxidants, deceptively decadent snack chips or a cup of therapeutic tea, you won’t even notice that these treats are both good and good for you.

I know that I’m terribly behind on posting my reviews from the Breakfast in Bed box (I still have to publish the review the butterscotch candy from the Stocking Stuffer box!)  So maybe this box is just what I need to “Jump Start” on my blogging!  Ha!

I look forward to trying these yummy goodies, and sharing my thoughts with you!