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  1. Fiona

    aww shame you’re broken 🙁

    1. Hannah

      What a mean thing to say to your future Hippo-playmate!

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    Hmm – I am not the hugest fan of orange choc either – but seeling all those nuts / berries – well I just may be inclined to make an exception should I come across chocolate such as this!!!

    1. Hannah

      As I suspected (if you read some of the other comments), most people can’t even taste the orange here. So I think you’d likely enjoy this one!

  3. Anna Johnston

    Bummer! Not big on Orange in my chocolate either, but your description of this Christmassy, pine needles and spiced cookies, soft buttery crunch pecans and soft pleasantly sweet with just a slight tinge of tart cranberry sounds to die for. Im off to purchase some now! 🙂

    1. Hannah

      Oops, it’s a seasonal bar! I think you’ll have to wait for Christmas to try it (if she brings it back). Good luck 🙂

  4. Lauren

    Come to think of it, your orange oil aversion is like my aversion to spirits. Vodka, whiskey, gin, rum — no matter how well the bartender mixes it, no matter how much simple syrup or cucumber or pomegranate juice or what have you, I detect the *slightest* taste and my stomach turns. To me, vodka is the vilest taste conceivable — and it’s supposed to be flavorless!

    I can stomach orange, though it’s not my favorite, but orange-plus-alcohol or orange-as-medicine definitely makes me queasy. So I think I am able to put myself in your orange-hating shoes.

    And ha — I know it’s not Christmas in Australia any more than it is in the U.S., but at least it’s cold where you are. Here, it’s over 100 degrees F! So Christmas chocolate made me chuckle.

    1. Hannah

      I can’t stomach spirits either! I’m trying to wean myself back onto them, but I still prefer my affogatos with just ice cream and coffee 😉 Now, my dear, you know I think very highly of you, but you just made a little error, I think, in your chuckling about the Christmas season/temperature thing. Remember how we’re on the opposite side of the world? And how Christmas is, therefore, in Summer for us? So the cold doesn’t help matters much 😉

      1. Lauren

        So Christmas chocolate in July makes no sense in any conceivable hemisphere!

        I feel like candy canes and cinnamon and nutmeg and cranberries etc etc taste better in the winter. But maybe because I’m used to it? Hmm. I cannot imagine gorging on mashed potatoes and turkey and pie when it’s hot out. My mind is just blown in every direction and I’ll just have to stop thinking about this.

  5. L-Izzle

    hahah it’s clearly a sign that I’m definitely NOT bothered by orange in chocolate, as I didn’t even notice the inclusion when I was eating this one. If I had, i certainly would not have picked it out for you!! ahhh well, i’m glad you at least enjoyed it aesthetically 😀

    1. Hannah

      I knew it! Gah! I knew normal people wouldn’t even be able to pick out the orange. Darn my stupid sensitive tastebuds of doom!

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hannah! I was given a bar of the Curious Chocolatier’s chocolate and as soon as I saw it I thought of you. It’s the caramel milk chocolate with pecan!

    1. Hannah

      Aw, what a lovely thing to say! 🙂 I’m kinda loving how more and more people are seeing me as inseparable from chocolate 😉 What do you think of that flavour?

  7. Louise

    I had this bar a few months ago after our Canberra trip. I found them (dearer it must said) at the National Museum. I’m not a great fan of orange and chocolate (or cooked orange in general really), and I certainly wouldn’t search it out, but I don’t remember noticing it here. It was more of a mulled wine kind of memory, which I guess includes oranges more often than not now that I think of it. I thought it was pretty good though. I did prefer the caramel pecan one which was just like my memories of turtles that I used to eat in Canada.

    1. Hannah

      And that’s what people are *meant* to taste! A lovely spiced warm Christmas flavour. I’m so annoyed at myself 😛 The caramel one is definitely what I would have picked as a potential favourite of yours 🙂

  8. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    You just reminded me of something I did when I was 4. I was in a gift shop with my Mum and there was one of those wicked lantern things on a shelf at 4-year-old’s height. There was a little knob that you could turn to make the wick move up and down. A little turning knob! How could I resist?! (stop snickering) Needless to say, the whole thing somehow fell off the shelf and the glass broke and my Mum had to pay for it 🙁

    I really needed some chocolate that day. I suspect I didn’t get any.

    1. Hannah

      I don’t think people realise just how tempting the Glittery, the Shiny, and the Interactive are to wee tots. (Honestly, I’m fairly certain that even at 23 I’d be unable to resist a little turning knob.)

  9. croquecamille

    Christmas in July! Although I suppose since it’s winter down there, the flavor combo is infinitely more appropriate in July than at actual Christmas time. And now the thought of zucchini and tomatoes at Christmas dinner, as color-appropriate as they may be, is making my head hurt.

    1. Hannah

      Christmas in July is quite a popular event in Australia, actually, because it’s the one time of year when pudding and roast turkey and all those heavy foods make sense. Except, in my family, we eat all that even when it’s swelteringly hot in December. Stupid tradition! One day you must visit me for a modern Aussie Christmas and I’ll do prawns and smoked salmon and fruit salad and your mind will pop. 🙂

  10. Sook

    Pecans and cranberries in chocolate… Yum!!

    1. Hannah

      They were definitely delicious additions!

  11. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Um, are we the same person? I know I said this in your pudding post, but mint and orange are my two most hated flavors as well! I don’t think I could have tolerated this chocolate either…despite the fact that it’s got nice, big nuts ;]

    1. Hannah

      Even the most nut-lovin’ girl needs a break from all that testosterone sometimes, right? I mean, from all those good healthy fats… yes, that’s what I meant. 😉

  12. Hannah

    Lauren: To be fair, “Christmas in July” is actually a common event in Australia, precisely because the “traditional” Christmas foods are inappropriate for our weather, so people like to have a fake Christmas dinner in winter. In my family, though, we always have the hot foods at Christmas anyway! But I don’t want to make your head hurt with talk of steamed puddings and roast vegies in 38C heat, so I’ll stop talking about it 😛

  13. hungryandfrozen

    Aw. Well, at least you know what you don’t like. But it really does look pretty 🙂 Onwards and upwards!

    1. Hannah

      Laura: Did you somehow know, through our Broadway-and-sweets-and-legumes-loving psychic connection, that ‘onwards ever upwards’ is one of my personal “get on with life” phrases? 😀

  14. Honey @ honeyandsoy

    How have I not come across your blog before?! Chocolate and more chocolate! YUM! Shame about the orange in the chocolate block, because it really looks divine! 🙂

    1. Hannah

      You’re right, there’s definitely a lot of chocolate here 😉 But don’t be put off by the orange – the bar is really nice, it’s just not quite up my alley. But if you like orange, or flavourful chocolate, this is worth it!

  15. Johanna

    oh how sad – I love orange but I sort of understand as I am just not into lemon and there are so many lemon desserts I see people rave about and just can’t share the enthusiasm – I just hope this chocolate went to a good appreciative stomach

    1. Hannah

      But I like things this way – I’ll trade you every orange chocolate I come across and you can send all lemon delicious and lemon curd tarts my way 🙂

  16. Johanna

    oh how sad – I love orange but I sort of understand as I am just not into lemon and there are so many lemon desserts I see people rave about and just can’t share the enthusiasm – I just hope this chocolate went to a good appreciative stomach

    1. Hannah

      But I like things this way – I’ll trade you every orange chocolate I come across and you can send all lemon delicious and lemon curd tarts my way 🙂

  17. Agnes

    Preach it sister – down with the unholy choc orange combo!

    And I was trying to think of what a Christmas themed chocolate bar that I made would taste like and…. umm all I can think of is booze. So apparently all we do at Christmas time is drink.

    1. Hannah

      What, are we supposed to do something else at Christmas? 😉 (Says the girl who’s notorious amongst her friends for being able to make one corona last for three hours…)

  18. Agnes

    Preach it sister – down with the unholy choc orange combo!

    And I was trying to think of what a Christmas themed chocolate bar that I made would taste like and…. umm all I can think of is booze. So apparently all we do at Christmas time is drink.

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