I will be honest, I haven’t heard of Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier until a friend of mine scored a gig as the Regional Sales Manager and asked me to sample the stuff. Who me? Sample tons of delicious chocolate and all I have to do is talk about it? No, sorry, I don’t have time for that…..SYKE!
It’s no surprise that Bissinger’s was originally crafted over 350 years ago for European nobles. It’s silky, luxurious recipe tastes as if its fit for a king and it is. No really, King Louis XIV, granted the Bissinger family the title of “Confiseur Imperial.” Basically, Bissinger’s knows their shit when it comes to chocolate.
Important perks across the Bissinger’s product line
- Non GMO
- No high fructose corn syrup
- Gluten Free
- Incredibly delicious
Here are my highlights:
Caramelized Blood Orange: Touch of orange with a kiss of rosemary. Orange and chocolate usually isn’t my thing, but the citrus combined with caramel and chocolate was perfect. The cocoa and hazelnut nibs added a nice crunch, without taking away from the orange.
Honey Pepita Caramel: The toasted pepitas added a nice saltiness that paired well with the sweet honey and dark chocolate. Then, POW! Right at the end you got this subtle heat from the guajillo chili powder. It was a really nice mix.
Quinoa Crunch: Nice sold dark chocolate bar, with a crispy crunch. Reminded me of a smoother more sophisticated Nestle crunch
My top choices:
Banana Pecan Caramel: I know, I was surprised, too! I am not a huge banana fan, either. Now, I can slam a banana in the morning just like the next person, but as far as banana flavored candy or desserts, I usually pass. This was delicious! The subtle banana mixed with the creamy caramel, crunchy pecans, and hint of Pink Peruvian salt really left me wanting more. It reminded me a little of a banana split without being super sweet. Well done!
Fig Balsamic Truffle: Dark chocolate, mission figs, with a hint of balsamic. The fig was sweet and balanced the bitterness from the dark chocolate. The hint of balsamic was sweet and subtle with a punch of acidity.
Dark Chocolate Drenched Bing Cherries: Huge cherries coated with dark chocolate. I LOVE cherries and not that artificial cherry crap, but real, plump, juicy cherries. These were delicious without being super sweet. You could taste the quality by the texture of each giant cherry. Hats off to you, Bissinger’s!
Pink Grapefruit Gummy Pandas: Made with organic tapoica syrup, cane sugar, and genuine fruit flavors. Fruity, tart, and refreshing! I have a strong dislike for grapefruit, but these were really delicious. How creative calling them pandas instead of bears. Cute!
From basic milk and dark chocolate bars, to some really unique blends, Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier has really created a mouth watering product. I liked the inventive flavor combos and I also enjoyed the way that Bissinger’s balanced the flavors. They also offer soft caramels, premium fruit and nut mixes (drenched in rich chocolate, of course), chocolate covered wine grapes, gummy pandas, gift boxes, and more!
You can experience Bissinger’s Hand Crafted Chocolate for yourself at the Strolling Wine and Chocolate Tasting in the Dotte February 24th, 6-9 P.M @ P.R.C.U.A Banquet Hall, 1430 Oak St, Wyandotte, MI 48192. Stop by and say Hi to Jake Bolton, the Regional Sales Manager.
If you are ever in the St Louis, MO area, visit Bissinger’s and take a tour of the historic chocolate factory!
Want to score some Bissinger’s for yourself? Contact Jake Bolton @ Jbolton@bissingers.com
Thanks, Jake for the opportunity to experience Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier.