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Product Review :: Belgian Chocolate

Product Review :: Belgian Chocolate


Napolitains, Dark Chocolate from Bouchard

I absolutely love chocolate. I am one of those people who enjoy food to the fullest, and chocolate is one of my favorite treats. I was so excited to be chosen for this promotion through Bouchard, introducing their imported chocolate for the very first time.

They have packaged five of their most successful flavors into small bites, called Napolitains. I received a package of their best seller, the Dark Chocolate! They also have Milk Chocolate, Dark Mint, Dark Orange, and Caramel and Sea Salt available in Napolitains. 

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“Indulging doesn’t have to be sinful when you eat Bouchard’s dark chocolate Napolitains. They contain 72% cacao, which leaves less room for sugar.” – Bouchard

When I opened the box the chocolate came in, I could immediately smell the rich aroma of cocoa that signifies high-quality chocolate. It is such a tantalizing scent, one that if you are a chocolate lover you may be able to recall simply by thinking about it. 

I immediately opened the package, drinking in more of the delicious scent. I quickly unwrapped one of the chocolates and slipped it into my mouth, letting the rich chocolate melt on my tongue and fill my senses. Then, my lovely experience was interrupted when I heard the downstairs door open and knew my son was home from school. I quickly grabbed two more pieces and hid them under my pillow and shoved the box under my bed. As much as I love my son, this was a review item and to truly test it out, I owed it to you all to eat every single piece myself right? 😉


Before I get back to my story, here is some information about Bouchard Chocolates. It is always nice to know more about the company, especially when it comes to gourmet food. 

bouchard-beligian-chocolate-logo“We’ve been perfecting the art of chocolate making from the historical city Ghent, Belgium since 1931. We care about our heritage, our employees and especially our customers. We’re your friends in the chocolate world. We’re here to make you the best gift giver and chocolate connoisseur.

We use only high-quality ingredients to bring you the rich flavor associated with premium dark chocolate. When dark chocolate is made well it doesn’t leave your mouth with a bitter aftertaste. Because our Napolitains are made with 72% cacao they are healthy alternative to milk or white chocolate”

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Along with the Napolitains, Bouchard also creates all of the other delicious specialty chocolates that you would expect from a fine chocolatier. They have many different options and they come wrapped in lovely gift boxes, ready to present to the perfect person. 

 

 


While I was thinking about getting back to my hidden chocolate treats and waiting for the perfect opportunity, my thoughts went back to something I have heard many times over the years. Did you know that dark chocolate can actually be good for you? I did some research on this because I wanted some actual facts to share with you. If you are going to eat chocolate, dark chocolate is the best kind to eat. Studies show that quality dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease. Of course, this doesn’t mean that eating a ton of chocolate is good for you, everything in moderation.

7 Health Benefits of Chocolate from AuthorityNutrition.com

1. Dark Chocolate is Very Nutritious A 100 gram (3.5 ounces) bar of dark chocolate with 70-85% cocoa contains:

11 grams of fiber.
67% of the RDA for Iron.

58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.

2. Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants

3. Dark Chocolate May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure

4. Dark Chocolate Raises HDL and Protects LDL Against Oxidation

5. Dark Chocolate May Lower The Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

6. Dark Chocolate May Protect Your Skin Against The Sun

7. Dark Chocolate May Improve Brain Function

When I am enjoying a delicious piece of chocolate or two, my mind is not on health but it is good information to know!


Finally, I had the time I needed to sit back and take some beautiful pictures of this delicious chocolate and enjoy some more of it. The two pieces I had hidden under my pillow were a wonderful treat later that night, and just as delicious as the first piece was. I had been thinking about my hidden box of chocolate for over a week, thinking about the smooth, oh so memorable, taste of it. 

The problem was, I couldn’t find my chocolate. It wasn’t where I had hidden it. My husband doesn’t like many sweet things but these chocolates were so good I thought he might have tried them and then hidden them somewhere more convenient. Nope, we looked high and low for days and could not find the chocolate. After a few more days we finally arrived at the truth.

My son said he had smelled the chocolate as soon as he started up the stairs on the day that it arrived. He quietly snooped around for a while until he found the hidden box and took it to his room where he proceeded to eat every single bit of it! Every single bar of my delicious chocolate! I was heartbroken, my chocolate! And my review! What was I supposed to write for my review? I didn’t even have any of my own pictures to show!

I contacted Bouchard and explained the situation and they said they were happy to hear that I loved their chocolate and my son loved it every bit as much. They graciously agreed to let me use any of their images from their website also. 

Although I only ate 3 pieces myself, it was enough to recommend this as something you absolutely have to try. It is rich and delicious, very smooth and not bitter at all. I usually do prefer milk or white chocolate, but I would eat this dark chocolate with the same enjoyment as what I would normally prefer. My son says it is the best thing he has ever eaten!

Please enjoy these additional images from Bouchard Chocolate and be sure to watch for these which are available at your local Costco in California, Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. 

 

 

For more information, please check out their beautiful website, BouchardChocolate.com

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