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drchazan
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June 26, 2003 - 6:58 am
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OK. So I'm prejudiced. This is an Israeli chocolate maker, and what I think is one of the best around. You in the UK can try his chocolates at the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Harrods! Let me know what you think.

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I've seen the Max Brenner bars, but haven't tried them yet but I hope to get them soon. (I mixed them up with Max Mayer before - excuse me for that!)

cheers.

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I had a problem with posting my lengthy reply, so, to say this succinctly:
GOOD POINTS:
flashy packaging
israeli chocolatier... interesting!
good product ideas

BAD POINTS:
mediocre chocolate.
drinking chocolate is difficult to prepare
chocolate discs have bad snap, bad bubbling, high astringincy and bad aftertaste...

CONCLUSION:
I'll not buy Max Brenner if I can buy Cluizel, Domori, Valrhona, etc

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I have only tried two of Max Brenner's different drinking chocolate - the one 'ordinary' (blueish box?) and one with orchid (!) oil.

I loved the ordinary one, and I do not agree it is difficult to prepare - it only requires you to add boiling water (or so) into the powderish lumps and stir until it becomes syrup-ish - then add milk. Not much effort for great pleasure. It was a really nice experience and the closest I have come on my own to the Vienna pastry paradise Demel's hot chocolate. I sadly don't know how they make their's as it is the best one in Vienna - if not in the whole world ...

The orchid oil was not nice at all as I don't use to drink my perfume ...

I bought both of these boxes in Xocolat, a chilled shop in the Freyung passage in Vienna - quite close to a paradise since I am used to the Valrhona monopoly in my home country - except from a nice couple having trouble with custom authorities in importing Amedei + one odd coffee shop which luckily sells all three of Cluizel's Haciendas without knowing what kind of chocolate it is!!! (They only knew that high percentage chocolate is healthy - my a**). I am unfortunately too embarrassed to buy more than 6 plates at a time.

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I've tried both their hot chocolates and must say I was very impressed with the orchid oil one, I thought it was delicious.

On the other points - I agree that they have the best packaging around but the chocolate is only okay at best.

You can get it here in Edinburgh in Harvey Nichols.

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I have a bar of Max Brenner 'Dark Chocolate Venezuelan Cocoa Bean Blend' 70% here, and unfortunately it contains the mystery ingredient 'flavors', which means it doesn't qualify for review here.

Shame, I was looking forward to it, but in this day and age of heightened interest in ingredients and origin, it seems unnecessary. As we know, it's quite possible to make a good chocolate without any artificial additives.

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Max Brenner's 70% tastes like any ordinary 70% from any ordinary discount store, like Tesco. The flavouring mentioned on the wrapping is defintively vanillin! The stylish hype of the Brenner brand is exactly that - hype.

I bought one bar at the chocolate bar at Harrods during a visit to London last december; my choco budget was already way overblown, so I had the good luck to not waste more money there.

I sent Max Brenner an email about the cheap chocolate, but never got any response.

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i agree with martin that no chocolate with mystery ingredients is worth the fuss, since these ingredients usually are artificial.

i recently tried a bar by an italian maker called novi. content was 72% and they named the bar puro i think. ingredients also included mysterious "flavors".
lindt does the same thing with its 70% madagascar bar.

both smell and taste extremely artificial. but i guess they are probably made for a different crowd.

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Do the labels simply state "flavor," or does it say "vanilla flavor" or "flavor cocoa?" It might be that the brand is trying to be as eloquent as they can be in describing the ingredients that in the end, their attempts turn into a detriment.

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quote:


Originally posted by Montegrano

Do the labels simply state "flavor," or does it say "vanilla flavor" or "flavor cocoa?"


It says simply "flavouring", but the taste leaves no doubt: Vanillin. Lots of it. Ugh![xx(]

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monte, i think only domori uses the label "flavor cocoa".

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BruCo does too [;)]

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