The bars are quite the sight, with all different colors of chocolate "paint" splashed on them. The chocolate is high quality Valhrona couverture, 61%, and they handle it well. The flavors I've tried have all be fairly interesting.
Tasting notes are below, as always, with subsequent tastings denoted in brackets.
- Blood Orange Bergamot Dark Chocolate Avant-Gaurd Bistro Bar: "Dark chocolate bar filled with caramel made with fresh blood orange juice and scented with oil of bergamot." Tasting notes: Nice dark chocolate filled with goeey orange flavored caramel, beautiful design on outside. Nice.
- Avant-Guard Peanut Pizzazz Bistro Bar: "Dark chocolate bar filled with salted peanut and milk chocolate praliné blended with flecks of caramelized sugar." Tasting notes: Nice! Chocolate decent, peanut praline was really flavorful and nice, ground up peanuts with good flavors. [ The chocolate coating itself was not very flavorful or complex, no bitterness nor creamyness. The inside reminded me of a butterfinger, although more peanuty. I wasn’t a huge fan of this as a chocolate bar, but when I thought of it more like a candy bar (like a butterfinger), it grew on me. ] [ crumbly inside, needs to be creamier. kinda bitter. not very peanuty. ]
- Raspberry Rendez-vous Bistro Bar: "Dark truffle with raspberries". Tasting notes: Lots of berry flavor. Dark chocolate was unobtrusive - didn’t add or detract from the bar, was kinda just there, but clearly good quality.
- Avant-Guard Berries And Lavender Bistro Bar: "Dark chocolate bar filled with caramel made with fresh strawberry and raspberry purée and infused with oil of lavender." Tasting notes: Same thoughts on the chocolate, good quality but uninteresting. Nicely spiced, I got lots of cardamon notes.