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  1. leaf (the indolent cook)

    The aroma and flavour of this chocolate sound divine. Fortunately as I read this, I am enjoying some lovely dark chocolate with fleur de sel, so I am not too jealous. 😉

  2. Johanna GGG

    I keep reading “benefits of mangawhai” and wondering what they are – sounds like there are quite a few for chocolate lovers – I too was captivated by the lines on the chocolate – very elegant – as is the packaging

  3. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Beautiful description, each one of those aromas and flavors had me swooning!

  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I just had a Pavlovian response to this: “vanilla-marshmallow-tinted chocolate deliciousness.”

  5. Errign

    Yummm chocolate and I want to go to NZ too 🙂

  6. Tammy

    What a great description Hannah and what a wonderful blogging buddy you have!

  7. Emma

    Is that Prez McKinley shaking hands with visitors in the Temple of Music Pavilion?

    I saw a community college version of this in south Texas once, when I was pretty young. But I can’t for the life of me remember there being any singing. Poor almost-memorable community college attempt. Hmm, sort of makes me want to get back into the thee-turr.

  8. Emma

    Oh my god feijoa chocolate? *shbdahsbdashdbdribble*

    The 70% one sounds delicious too. I haven’t been bck to NZ in years. I’ll have to remember about this chocolate when I eventually get there 🙂

  9. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    I would *love* to visit New Zealand. It can’t be far for you!!!

  10. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Marshmallow?? Goodness. I might join you on that NZ trip.

    On a non-chocolate note, your second paragraph made me smile 😀

  11. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    There really should be some sort of food exchange program. We’ll send NZers tim tams etc and in return we can get butter and other great NZ items. Then again I’m the person who bought 10 bags of dried white peaches from there as I love them so much 🙂

    1. Cate

      Lovely thought… but we have Tim Tams here…. at the same old, regular price you guys get them….. however, we may be able to strike up some kind of deal for Red Rock Deli Chips (the vege kind, not the potato ones… can only get the potato ones here…) 😉

  12. Anna johnston

    Ohhhh…. Trip to NZ. Want? Desperately. Good thing I have you my bestie dearest to share the wondrous delights from another country. Your wonderful. So great you have such awesome bloggy buddies too. 🙂 I really need to broaden my chocolate horizons and branch out beyond Cadbury. I’ve a list a mile long to get me started. Thanks Darlin girl. Xxx

  13. Kath Lockett

    Hannah your description of this chocolate makes me feel as though I’ve eaten it with you! So well described that it makes me drool. Jealously (yes picture that – a jealous drooler!)

  14. miri leigh

    Great post…thanks for sharing this information! LOVE real chocolate!

  15. Monique

    Lychee aromas?!?! Oh man, I heart lychee. And I’ll go to NZ with you… never been 🙂

  16. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I wish I could afford a ticket to NZ myself! 😉 But we could together one day, when we both have money …

    I’m always astonished about all the flavors you can smell and taste from a chocolate. 🙂

  17. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    cactus honey powder is this: its just like honey (but from a plant) pulverized. low on the glycemic scale, so great for vegans who like to watch their sugar intake. 🙂 i saw marcona almonds today at whole foods and they look so much bigger than the average almond. can’t wait to try them one day.

    this dark chocolate bar looks divine! i bet you can even bake something chocolate-y divine 😀

  18. Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi

    Food cravings from other countries drive me nuts — there’s no simple late night dash solution to be had! Especially now you’ve got me hooked with your ‘dense fudginess’ description. You’d have to pick up a few good wines while in NZ too wouldn’t you?

  19. Louise

    How chuffed am I? So glad to have found your blog early. So glad to have been able to send you a new chocolate from NZ, and so glad that it turned out be a good one. You should eat feijoas more often, they’re becoming more common about the place in season, and are often quite cheap. The feijoa chocolate does sound intriguing. I haven’t had it either.

    1. whisperinggums

      How nice of you Louise … then again, I’m not surprised since I’m the recipient of a couple of gifts from you relating to my obsessions. (And what a shame Hannah has left home — I didn’t even get to try this!)

      1. Louise

        It’s harder not to buy things I think when you see something and you know someone would absolutely love it and squeal whilst opening the box. It’s the least she could do though really to share the spoils with her mother you’d think?

  20. Jasmine

    Have I ever told you I simply loved the way you “evaluate” your chocolates? I love my chocolates, but just can’t grade them at such details. Could you email me your mailing address please? 🙂

  21. Erica

    mmmm fantastic dark chocolate! I am so a dark vs. milk chocolate girl!

  22. Cate

    And now you have convinced 20 odd people to visit NZ with you….. Well done!!
    Mangawhai btw, is said ‘Mung-a-fai’ not ‘Mah-ng-a-why’ 😀
    Will have a hunt around and see if I can come up with some unknown NZ chocolate brands and let you know…. if I find any, I’m willing to send them over to you…. in return for… hmmm… awesome fruit from up north aussie… or is that stuff not making its way down to you guys anymore.. i heard about the bananas… 🙂

  23. hungryandfrozen

    If some mysterious benefactor (not me, alas) does buy you a ticket you know one stop you have to make! (my place, in case you don’t know)

    I too find the lines intriguing. I’ve tried their feijoa stuff – loved it – but never their 70%, will have to look out for it.

  24. Sig

    Since I stumbled across your blog I now subconsiously look at the confectionary aisle to check out the wares so to speak. Even more so than the usual come-hither looks I give to the M&M’s.

    So here in HK they import basically everything and in some shops have quite a decent range of dark chocolate from places and brands I haven’t even heard of. I’m wondering if you might like to try a few if I send some your way.

    Will be picking blind here, but if you can give some indication to what you look for in a man..err…chocolate (besides the normal dark and rich :P) – I can totally hook you up.

    Just give me the word 😀

  25. Camille

    I love your descriptions of the flavors in this chocolate. I see that it’s made from Belgian couverture, which makes me wonder if there is a company in Europe making bars from the same chocolate…

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  27. salome


    Does anyone know where we can find Bennetts of Mangawhai chocolats outside NZ ?