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Christopher Elbow 21- Piece Collection
 
Approximate retail price:
$42.00
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The Christopher Elbow 21- Piece Collection is part of the chocolate test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, boxed chocolates models like the 21- Piece Collection are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


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User Reviews - Christopher Elbow 21- Piece Collection
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3.0
disappointing
12/18/2014
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After reading all of the glowing reviews I bought a box of 21 chocolates. Overall, good, not great. Some people will gush and rave over anything chocolate without being critical, however I've had better and was a bit disappointed. Certainly these have a visual appeal but overall there was a lack of variety in the chocolate - the same dark chocolate ganache was used over and over, I'd like to have seen some milk chocolate, and the caramel fillings were not cooked enough, essentially being too runny in the soft crack stage and not exhibiting much of a caramel flavor. The flavors in some of the chocolates were almost nonexistent or too subtle (tea earl grey, Venezuelan spice, coffee) and others like the rosemary were just nasty. Rosemary is a very strong herb that can really overpower and is a poor paring with chocolate in my opinion. The Stawberry balsamic was also bad, tasting mostly like sour vinegar with only a hint of strawberry and caramel. The Vanilla bean tasted more like vanilla pudding than real vanilla. The lavender had a strange bitter aftertaste. There were a few gems - the pear, lime cardamom, whiskey aged maple, and caramel apple were all very good. Overall these were interesting but seemed to lack a fine attention to detail in the flavorings. Don't buy chocolates simply because of the fancy visual appeal, you may be disappointed.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Amazing flavor
2/18/2013
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I ordered these for my husband for Valentine's Day though truly he doesn't eat many sweets. After trying a few ourselves and being totally impressed with their pop of flavor and how beautiful they looked, I took them over on a glass plate to share at a small family gathering. They caught everyone's attention as they passed by where I had them sitting. Those who tried them all wanted to know who made them and where they could get them. I will order these again for special occasions/company/me! One note: the ones with caramel filling will drip if they are at all warm when you bit into them. Be sure they are chilled a little before serving.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Pricey but worth it!
1/13/2012
Pros
Creamy
Creative
Intense
Rich
Cons
none
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Gift
Healthy Treat
Comment:
I eat an ounce of a chocolate bar every night. It is the perfect end to a meal. The only thing better than his chocolates is his ice cream. Those favors are equally as amazing as the chocolates! I am thrilled that good dark chocolate is also good for you so that Christopher Elbow chocolates is no longer a guilty indulgence of mine!
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Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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