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Review: Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut Raisin
Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut Raisin
Posted: 30 August 2015
The Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut Raisin is slightly worse than the Dark Almond. At least with the Dark Almond, you could taste the almonds. It's long been known by second rate chocolate manufacturers that if you toss some nuts or fruits into a bar, a bad bar tastes better. As true as that is, you'd think the manufacturers would grasp that the more fruits and nuts you insert the better.
price/gram: USD 0.03
Cocoa %: 55
I was "fortunate" enough to
taste a Babaevsky
Dark Almond on my way into Europe. I was given a similar
"opportunity" to try another Babaevsky, a Dark Hazelnut
Raisin, on the way out.
So you may be wondering why I would sample another Babaevsky
bar after the first bar was so mediocre. Great question and
I've got just the answer. First off, I didn't recall
on our second trip through Moscow the crappy brand we
sampled the first time around. My wife had snapped a
photograph with her camera phone, but we didn't consult
that. As there wasn't much choice, we just grabbed
what we saw. Second, this Babaevsky wasn't really
meant for my mouth. My wife needed to purchase
some souvenirs for the people in her office. These
were economical and she grabbed a few. Once we
returned home, she had an extra chocolate bar she didn't
need to give away.
The Babaevsky Dark Hazelnut
Raisin is slightly worse than the Dark Almond. The
chocolate is equally as bad in both bars. It's the
same 55% cocoa solid chocolate made with inferior quality
cocoa butter. Yet at least in the almond, Babaevsky
used almost 20% almond kernel mass. You could taste
the almonds. With the Dark Hazelnut raisin, Babaevsky
doesn't even insure the bar is comprised of at least 10%
hazelnut kernals. The raisins are more pronounced but
do little to compensate for the low tier chocolate taste.
It's long been known by
second rate chocolate manufacturers that if you toss some
nuts or fruits into a bar, a bad bar tastes better. As true as that is, you'd think the manufacturers would grasp that the
more fruits and nuts you insert the better. But second rate manufacturers are also cheap bastards. They try to strike a balance
between not looking too cheap and not tasting too bad.
Babaevsky fails with this one. And in another 200 years, I'd presume they'll still be failing. Buy it as a souvenir for
someone you're not very close with. They'll appreciate the exoticism more than the taste.