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Tabasco Spicy Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Tabasco Spicy Chocolate is hot, but understated

Does the world need a Tabasco-flavored chocolate? No. Is it a better place for having it? We think so.

We honestly didn't believe the addition of Tabasco sauce to our favorite flavor was a good idea, but Southern California-based The Chocolate Traveler has somehow made this mixed marriage work. In cooperation with McIlhenny Company, the Louisiana makers of the famous hot sauce, they have infused dark chocolate wedges with the spicy kick of Tabasco.

The result is understated. At first, the chocolate flavor merely seems amped; then, a slow burn begins to cross the palate. The heat never reaches the point where one feels the need to douse it with water, but the enjoyable burn is definitely evident in the smooth aftertaste. We've resisted the urge to down one after another to see if a three-alarm fire will occur, but at only 30 calories per wedge, there's no reason to hold back.

The Chocolate Traveler makes other kinds of wedges as well, including satisfying milk chocolate and even sugar-free varieties. But none will start a conversation quicker than the Tabasco flavor. The wedges come eight to a tin that's easy to store in a purse or pocket. You'll find them at Cost Plus and online at

Price: $14.50 (1.75 oz)

Reviewed by Jeff Hoyt


(Updated: 12/21/12 AB)

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