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NewTree bars?
March 19, 2005
3:35 am
chocbloc
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Anybody tried these bars yet? NewTree USA is the American distributor for the belgian company. I like their website, but I am reluctant to order until I hear some buzz. Anyone?

Mike (restin' on my laurels and my hardys too)

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March 19, 2005
11:17 am
Martin Christy
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We had them in the shop here for a while. They have a Pierre Marcolini endorsement, but are basically flavoured couverture - probably Callebaut. The bars are ok, but some of the flavour combinations are a bit weird - e.g. the dark lavender. Still, always worth experiencing something new ...

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March 19, 2005
4:14 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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I was able to try these bars when they were brand new, over a year ago; I was also only able to try two or three. I do recall that they were strongly flavored. One bar was perhaps too heavy on the black currants, but like I said, this was over a year ago, and my memory fails me. At any rate, they are still worth trying, though. I remember telling someone that if they like subtlety, then New Tree is not for them. Hope that helps.

Also, the lavender bar is a milk, not dark. I couldn't imagine a dark bar with lavender. The chocolate would be too strong.

March 19, 2005
6:25 pm
ellie
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There is a non-flavored New Tree bar, i've tried it when it came out, but do not remember anything of it, which means for me it wasn't any good. Flavored ones even smell cloingly, blackcurrant's tasted like Ribena, lemon also flavored too much, overpowering choco. And all that rubbish about aiding digestion? - please! I'm not aganst Lavander or any other exotic combinations, but better save ur many, buy good chocolate and melt it in baine-marie with anything you want - drop of lemon or lavander oil.

March 19, 2005
6:32 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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Well, ellie, to each his own. New Tree is simply using the healthy properties of each ingredient and advertising the bars as "health chocolate." I imagine they'll appeal to the general public much more, especially since that seems to be their direct aim anyway.

March 20, 2005
4:09 pm
chocolatero
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it is surely callebaut or belcolade
so if I were you i'd keep my money
as far as i know the recipe were developed by MArcolini...
some of them like cassis are completely overpowered by the fruit
hard to balance tastes anyway with a very blend chocolate.
chocolatero

March 22, 2005
5:47 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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Well, the unflavored 73% bar is actually fairly decent from what I remember. It might be worth checking out if you have the chance.

April 17, 2005
1:35 pm
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Speaking of flavoured bars, Rococo do a dark bar with lavender which is pretty good, I liked the new tree with lavender as well but they are nothing special - more a marketing gimmick than anything else.
The Rococo dark with basil and lime is excellent IMO. Dolfin I don't like. I think L'Artisan du Chocolat do a dark lavender as well ? I have a recollection of it - but I'm sure you know that all their bars are top notch. The Caru Pano (apologies of the spelling) is outstanding.

June 13, 2005
7:58 pm
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I just found the New Tree chocolates. My husband brought back the Renew one, which is black currant and grape in dark chocolate.

I found the currant a little overpowering, but the chocolate had some wonderful notes.

I just found a place here in LA that sells the whole set, and I bought Milk/Lavender, Dark/Lemon & Dark/Coffee.

I found the Milk/Lavender really nice. The milk isn't too sweet or sticky tasting and I love the use of herbals/spices with chocolate. Very soft.

I haven't tried the others yet, but maybe later today (I post my reviews on my blog with photos if you're ever interested).

The big thing about these bars though is that they're insanely expensive. I'm willing to pay for good chocolate ... but $3.50 an ounce is a bit too precious to me. I think they should do a box of tasting bars too, so you can try them all if you're gonna invest that sort of money.

I am on board with chocolate not being bad for you, though I'm not certain it's "health food."

Sweetly - Cybele

PS - I'm glad I found this site - I'm having trouble keeping up with all the new chocolates!

June 18, 2005
8:29 am
chocolatero
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and i may add insanely expensive for Callebaut chocolate
which they buy at gbp 1-2 per kg; so USD 2-4
even for 100g bar, that 1000% mark up on the cost of the original ingredients!
the only thing i find healthy about this company... is their profit margin!!!!

Chocolatero

June 18, 2005
11:35 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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That, and Marcolini had a hand in these bars too.

June 19, 2005
2:19 am
ellie
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Is he the author?

June 19, 2005
4:22 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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No, New Tree was founded in Belgium by BenoƮt De Beuyn and Guillaume De Walque, and the products were developed with assistance from Marcolini and nutritionists.

They have a spread made with 73% chocolate and milk that I would really like to try. It's called Pur Plaisir and also comes in a milk chocolate version with honey.

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