American Chocolate Bar #4: [Sucre Chocolate]

13166909_962104997239480_723183961_nIt was the bright packaging with the tiny cellophane “window” that initially drew Time Cupsoul to Sucré chocolate bars. The window serves as a small preview of the bar’s design and content, and really is quite seductive. So how could the choice be made between the equally intriguing combinations of Sicilian Pistachio and Rose Petal, Candied Coffee, or Salted Pretzel?

Pistachio and rose petal is a chocolate recipe that’s been gracing Instagram accounts lately, and it sounded too delicious to pass up. Behind the “S” window,  dots of green and bright pink sprinkled the rich milk chocolate. What do rose petals taste like? This was definitely a Time Cupsoul chocolate-tasting first.

The Sicilian Pistachio and Rose Petal bar, once carefully moved out of the package, inspired an audible response: “Wow.” This was one of the prettiest chocolate bars ever purchased or reviewed by Time Cupsoul, not counting pralines. Sometimes chocolate is just beautiful. Stunning, in fact.

First impressions started with aroma. The smell of the milk chocolate filled the senses and surrounded them with the feeling of a warm hug. First bites revealed an intense sweetness, probably because dark chocolate bars occupy most of the recent Time Cupsoul reviews, and dark chocolate is more bitter.

The rose petals in the bar provided a crystallized delight next to the crunchy but buttery texture of the pistachios. This bar’s toppings provide a similar excitement to locating marshmallows in a bowl of  Lucky Charms cereal. It could be the same colorful rainbow-like vibes, the surprise burst of flavor from a pistachio or rose petal, or simply the overall sweetness. This bar brings happiness.

There’s an unavoidable level of “cute” coming from the Sucré brand. “Cute” does not mean this chocolate bar should be taken any less seriously than some other more “formal” dark chocolate brands or bars; this Sucré bar is absolutely delicious. What evokes a playful undertone is the Sucré typography, tiny cellophane window, and bright, saturated colors of the brands’ packaging. Perhaps it pays homage to the vibrant culture of New Orleans, Louisiana, Sucré’s origins. Whatever the reason, it works.

If you’re looking for something cute and classy that delivers a bar with solid chocolate credibility, this is the ideal cocoa choice. Time Cupsoul is sweet on Sucré!

*Please note that all chocolate bars consumed and reviewed are randomly chosen and purchased with personal funds. Sucré bars cost approximately $7.99.

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