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  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    It sounds like the chocolate took you on a vacation at least by eliciting so many memories of beautiful places! I think I should give chocolate a chance again, I’m really not used to the dark stuff and the milky stuff … Well, you know the problem! 😉

  2. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Oh wow. You had me at New Orleans-style pralines and buttery vanilla-laced shortbread. Two favorite flavors.

  3. Simply Life

    I’ve never heard of this brand- great to know!

  4. hungryandfrozen

    I love reading your descriptions of chocolates! Hope you get to travel again soon and gather more chocolate in your skirts as you go. (Or more practically, in your checked luggage.)

  5. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    This has made ME long for you to be in Italy, so goodness knows how you felt writing it :-/ I hope the chocolate makes up for the longing just a little…or allows you to close your eyes for extended moments and believe you’re there.

  6. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    whenever i read your chocolate reviews, i want to eat chocolate…………..good thing i can’t eat cocoa!

  7. Leah

    You write so well Hannah! You always, ALWAYS have me drooling at my laptop.

    I’d never seen this chocolate, and now I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    hehe and what a delicious way to make it back to Italy! I don’t think I’ve tried this chocolate (well knowingly) but I do love the Chuao so I’m curious about this. I wonder if it is easy to get here?

  9. Tammy

    That wrapper was reason enough to keep it for a year. So beautiful. I love the way it transported you back to Florence and I think you should tack it to your bulletin board for continued memories.

  10. Erika - The Teenage Taste

    70% dark chocolate is my favorite!

  11. Camille

    Thank you for reminding me that I have a bar or two of birthday Porcelana in the cupboard.

  12. Kath Lockett

    Poetry, sheer Poetry you’ve created, dear Hannah! Memories help, but your descriptions of the bar make it sound like perfection.

  13. Louise

    That does sound astonishing. I’ve not eaten Amadei by itself. I have had it crafted into dessert at places like Quay. I must agree that the wrapper alone is worth the price of admission. It is beautiful. And I’d never thought of you as restrained before, but now must marvel at your self-control to leave that waiting for so long…

  14. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    not to mention has a pretty wrapper!!!

  15. Shannon

    Like you and your chocolate, it took me nearly 5 years to open the bottle of red I brought back from Florence.

    Loved your description of the chocolate, really made me want to pop a square in my mouth (it was the NOLA pralines you spoke of to be honest).

  16. Emma

    Thick thicker thickest yum!

    Love the brick-like appearance of the packaging. I only spent one (1!) day in Florence. Crazy. I know.

  17. JohannaGGG

    A chocolate that can take you to italy is a beautiful thing – and when you mention your chocolate stash I have visions of you opening a cupboard and being hit with a waterfall of chocolate bars – now that would also be a beautiful thing

  18. Miri Leigh

    I’ve never heard of this brand- thanks for the introduction. And I love your writing!

  19. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Food is one of the things that can instantly transport me to a place and time. Currently my smuggled and hoarded Argentinian biscuits are doing that. I love that you saved this chocolate a whole year before giving into temptation, looks like it was worth it.

    I haven’t even been to Florence and your post made me travel sick for it!

  20. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    Gosh, you’ve described the chocolate so well! You literally have me plugging a reminder on my mobile to hunt for this tomorrow! LOL You really had me at : maple syrup

  21. ck

    I can’t wait to one day try Amadei chocolate. I love your tasting descriptions and it’s great that eating the chocolate brought back wonderful memories for you. What restraint to hold on to it for so long. I really do try and come up with words in my head when I taste chocolate now, but I have no idea if they are accurate or not, but it’s fun anyway and really makes you taste it, not just thoughtlessly gulp it down. I hope you have travels on the not too distant horizon.

  22. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    I would buy this chocolate based just on that beautiful packaging. So pretty!

  23. Agnes

    Travel sick? Welcome to the land of grown ups. 😉 However, on the positive side, when you do eventually go travelling again, think of all the chocolate you’ll be able to buy!

  24. Amy

    Dark chocolate has never really met my likes, but recently when I tried the 63 and 70 ‘standard’ bars, even with these I was really impressed. Extremely palatable for dark chocolate and one I could keep on eating – might try and get a bulk quantity for my favourite gluten free chocolate cakes.

    I’ve never tried their Chuao or Porcelana but I’d suspect they’d have a different ‘personality’ to the ‘others’ that I tried. Love the way they package their chocolate with so much thought though!

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