Askinosie Gingerbread Dark Chocolate

Quick Notes: 

  • warm spice
  • hint of ginger heat in aftertaste
  • rich and bittersweet

I love the idea of seasonal dessert chocolate flavors like peppermint, pumpkin spice and gingerbread, but so often it’s a sickly-sweet white chocolate with artificial flavor and color.

I already expected more from Askinosie as a quality chocolate company, and I was really excited to find a seasonal flavor in dark chocolate! The gingerbread bar starts with a high quality bittersweet dark chocolate, and the gingerbread effect comes from warm spices and ginger that definitely bring to mind winter and holiday treats in a subtle way that complements rather than competing with the chocolate.

Experince: 

As you eat the chocolate, the spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove) come through first, delivering the cozy feeling the bar’s packaging promises (by the way, I appreciate that they created some holiday packaging for this seasonal bar) and a little heat from the ginger appears toward the end and lingers in the mouth for quite a while afterward in just the right amount. If you enjoy chili chocolate or Aztec hot chocolate, or even if you like the concept of spicy chocolate but are worried about a level of spice that overpowers other flavors, I think you’ll enjoy the balance of bitter, sweet (from cane sugar) and spicy in this bar.

Overall, I will definitely be eating and gifting this bar for the holidays. I also purchased some of the Askinosie peppermint bark to try soon!

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