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Vere Chocolate: My Latest Cupcake Inspiration

No Vere Chocolate

In March, I wrote about my free gift from Chocolate.com. I talked about how I knew they were going to send me chocolate, but I wondered which chocolate they would send. One of the chocolates I’d hoped they would send was an organic single-origin bar by Vere. That is not what they sent.

Vere Chocolate Situation Rectified

In April, I got the following email:

“Stef . Vere is my baby and I’d love to send you some things to taste Where to?

Best Kathy Moskal founder/owner VERE”

Vere sent me 5 different samples! After the break, I’ve got comments on each one, plus which Vere product inspired my next cupcakes.

Nut Butter Lessons Learned

The biggest surprise in my package was So Good it’s Nuts. It is dark chocolate infused with vanilla, ginger, and lime, with caramelized crispy rice and salted roasted peanuts. Jonathan thought it was amazing. However, the peanuts killed it for me. I don’t like peanuts and once they enter a product, the taste completely takes over. I know some would love this in cupcakes – but too bad, no cupcake will be made by me based on this combination.

Vere Ultimo Organic Dark Chocolate Bar

Getting the Vere Ultimo Organic Dark Chocolate Bar (photo is from chocolate.com not J. Pollack Photography) was not surprising to me because it was what I had specifically asked for.

How was it?

Yummy! This was some tasty chocolate with the benefit of being organic and single-origin. It’s worth a try.

Would I make my cupcake based on this chocolate?

I’ve done chocolate cupcakes before. My Vere-inspired cupcake was going to have to be a more interesting combination of flavors?

Vere Flavored Chocolate Bars

When I saw the three mini chocolate bars Vere sent, I at first thought they were sticks of gum. Gum is something else I don’t like. It has never come up before because no one has asked me to make gum cupcakes. Thank goodness!
Anyway, I was glad they weren’t gum.
The first bar was the Vere Raspberry Lemon Organic Dark Chocolate Bar. The chocolate quality was, as noted above, fantastic. However, I could barely taste any raspberry or lemon.
I’m sure Vere wanted the chocolate flavor to come through the most since they have every reason to be proud of their chocolate. Yet, why bother with a flavored bar when you can’t taste the flavors.
Raspberry and lemon lovers would be disappointed.
The raspberry lemon chocolate combo would make for a great cupcake, but it’s too Springy for a Fall wedding. Raspberries won’t be in season.
Next up was the Vere Espresso Anise Organic Dark Chocolate Bar. Unlike the raspberry/lemon bar, both the espresso and anise flavors shined in this bar. The combination of flavors blew me away! I would definitely buy this bar again. I wish there were a store near me that sold it!
The problem: Bride and Groom 2.0 don’t like coffee so I couldn’t make this into a cupcake for them. Someday, though, I may try it. It would be great!
The last mini bar I tried was the Vere Banana Macadamia Organic Dark Chocolate Bar. I love bananas! Sometimes I feel that chocolate/candy with bananas ends up with a fake banana flavor and not a real one. What would this bar have?
It had no banana flavor. Jonathan and I (yes, I shared) couldn’t taste any banana flavor or any macadamia nut flavor for that matter. It’s a shame because the combo sounded so great. Again, I still enjoyed the bar because their chocolate is “vere” good (I had to use “vere” like that at least one time in this post, it’s a wonder I made it this far). I just wished that as a flavored bar the other flavors would make more of an appearance.
Despite the fact that the bar wasn’t all I’d hoped for, I still made a cupcake out of it! Groom 2.0 specifically requested banana, chocolate, peanut butter cupcakes. Since I don’t do peanut butter, a banana, chocolate, macadamia nut butter cupcake was going to have to do.

 

Thanks to Vere for the samples!
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20 Responses to Vere Chocolate: My Latest Cupcake Inspiration

  1. Tempered Woman May 5, 2008 at 11:30 am #

    Damn~ I got all excited for a minute there. I’m not a licorice fan but for some reason love Anise liqueur in my coffee. Weird right? So yeah, I’m totally craving Anise Espresso chocolate cupcakes right now… this teasing post thing is starting to make me loco.

  2. Stef May 5, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    TW – I’m also not a licorice fan, but damn that anise espresso bar was good! Anise espresso ice cream would also be yummy now that I think of it!

  3. Wheeler's Frozen Dessert May 5, 2008 at 12:29 pm #

    Looks tasty!

  4. Cass May 5, 2008 at 5:50 pm #

    Why can’t we get chocolate like this in Australia. I love chocolate and nuts and that nuts mix has me drooling

  5. Gigi May 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    Yummy gifts! I am totally intrigued by the anise flavored chocolate bar. I await your next cupcake creation.

  6. eatyet May 5, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    i’ve tried many vere products hoping i’d find something i’d love but i haven’t. the ideas and packaging are wonderful but most of the products i don’t find to be very tasty. the chocolate is high quality but the flavors don’t work for me. the few things i liked were the brownies and wafers (also maybe caramels and clusters). but the organic bars are all too bitter for me (but my husband didn’t mind), the orginals were a little better. with the prices on the high end, i am reluctant to buy again.

  7. Grace May 6, 2008 at 12:28 am #

    oh, the possibilities. thanks for the straightforward, honest review!

    by the way, you took the words right out of my mouth: “i don’t like peanuts and once they enter a product, the taste completely takes over.” peanuts are like a filthy virus, yet oddly enough, i can’t get enough peanut butter. it’s a conundrum.

  8. My Sweet & Saucy May 6, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    What a fun chocolate taste testing!

  9. My Sweet & Saucy May 6, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    What a fun chocolate taste testing!

  10. My Sweet & Saucy May 6, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    What a fun chocolate taste testing!

  11. My Sweet & Saucy May 6, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    What a fun chocolate taste testing!

  12. My Sweet & Saucy May 6, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    What a fun chocolate taste testing!

  13. Tina May 6, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    Not a bad gig taste testing premium chocolate! I would so love the Nuts version. Can’t wait to see your cupcake creation!
    Tina@scoopalicious

  14. Stef May 6, 2008 at 6:56 pm #

    Wheeler’s – It was!!

    Cass – There has got to be good chocolate in Australia, no?

    Gigi – Yeah.. I really dug it.

    Eatyet – Interesting. I didn’t find them to be bitter. Guess it’s a personal preference thing.

    Grace – You don’t like peanuts but you like peanut butter? That’s unusual. I’m glad you enjoyed the review. I’m always pleasantly surprised when people like my non-cupcake posts.

    My sweet – Thanks! It certainly was fun.

    Tina – Not bad at all! They are sending me some more to try too. I can’t wait!

  15. kamailesfood May 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm #

    Love your blog! You come up with some pretty creative cupcakes. This banana/chocolate/macadamia nut combo sounds intriguing.

  16. Slender Octopus May 12, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    Very Interesting…never heard of Vere….but there is fantastic chocolate in Australia…..

    http://slenderoctopus.blogspot.com/2008/04/chocolate.html

  17. Amanda August 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    I’m in love with that packaging!
    Wish Vere was available where I live.

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