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Dolfin and Magasin
September 6, 2004
9:04 am
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Since I bought nearly four kilos of choc in Copenhagen a few weeks ago, I have been working my way down the pile of brown goodies at a pace of approx one bar per second day (don't tell my mom!).

Today's report:
Dolfin: A forasteros may be with some better beans. Seems they have dutched away the harsh forasteros taste, unfortunately much of the rest of taste went with it. Slighly citrus taste. Nothing special really.

Magasin du Nord (a posh shopping centre in Copenhagen which makes their own choc): At last - a good choc which is both dark and un-fruity at the same time. Well balanced mix of forasteros and criollo/trinitario - it has the dark taste of the f-beans, but the c&t-beans balances to give it a rich choc taste.

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September 6, 2004
3:15 pm
Lone Ly
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I guess you're aware that you can only bring one kilo through the green custom zone?

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September 6, 2004
3:31 pm
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The rules are changed: Chocolate is included in the quota of goods of value up to NOK 3000 or 6000 (depending on whether you were more than 24h outside Norway).

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September 6, 2004
7:00 pm
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Cool. Not that I ever cared though ...

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September 6, 2004
8:59 pm
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I broght 4275 grams to Norway this summer.. But I have no regrets.

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September 7, 2004
12:03 am
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I know you did ;-) and after I brought quite a lot myself, someone told me the limit was 1 kg.

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September 7, 2004
6:03 am
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Customs regulations for travellers to and from Norway:
[url]http://www.toll.no/engelsk/reisende03.html[/url]

Masur

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September 7, 2004
7:41 am
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Tried Magasin's white today. A disappointment after the good dark: It is't so sweet as many white chocs, which is a good thing, but with a low cocoa butter content of only 27%, the rest is filled with milk. The milk taste is far too prominent.

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September 7, 2004
8:16 am
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Do they actually call it white or do they call it white milk/milk white? I am not familiar with what is custom labelling, only curious.

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September 7, 2004
9:24 am
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quote:


Originally posted by LoneLy

Do they actually call it white or do they call it white milk/milk white? I am not familiar with what is custom labelling, only curious.


Just white.

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September 8, 2004
3:34 am
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Wow, lots of activity since I've been away. I'm not dead...yet. You found Dolfin to be fruity? Wow, I never really detected fruitiness in any of their bars...maybe a slight hint, but I can't remember. The 70% is much more intense than their 88%, comparatively speaking of course. I think the 88% has a strong nutmeg flavor to it, and the 70% is predominantly cinnamon. They add cocoa powder to their formulations, btw.

September 8, 2004
9:17 am
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Checked Magasin's website (www.magasin.dk), it turns out they do not make their own choc; they get it from a Beligian manufacturer, which the accompanying picture suggests is Callebaut.

Well, it probably doesn't prove anything else than not all Big Belgian stuff is bad.

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September 8, 2004
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quote:


Originally posted by Polarbear

Checked Magasin's website (www.magasin.dk), it turns out they do not make their own choc; they get it from a Beligian manufacturer, which the accompanying picture suggests is Callebaut.


... who doesn't ... I no longer believe anyone who says they make their own chocolate unless a credible source can assure me they have seen the fabric themselves. And even making one's own chocolate means different things.

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September 8, 2004
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I am also getting sceptical about some brands. It is confusing with all the rumours and lies. Hope I can focus on all the good chocolate out there, no matter where it has been conched.

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September 8, 2004
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i agree. in france it seemed as if every other shop made its own chocolate. i can't imagine that.

September 8, 2004
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As Chocolatero/Anne (what do you prefer?) suggests, we should all make our own chocolate by mixing other's ;-)

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September 8, 2004
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The interesting thing is that sometimes I think I can taste the origin. Both Hediard, Chocolate Society/Claus Meyer and the danish brand Summerbird has a distinct "Valrhonaish" taste.

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September 8, 2004
4:29 pm
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I thought Valrhona did produce The Chocolate Society's ...

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September 9, 2004
7:32 am
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quote:


Originally posted by LoneLy

I thought Valrhona did produce The Chocolate Society's ...


So do I. The point is that we can taste it, even without knowing it.

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September 9, 2004
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Maybe it's the texture as well. No matter which Valrhona bar I eat, I can tell that it's Valrhona simply because of the texture. It has that ultra smooth, almost cold feel to it.

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