I almost did not pick up chocolate from this company, as their booth was in an odd location (out in the hallways between panel rooms rather than in the dealers room), however one of my friends had purchased chocolate from them earlier in the con and she dragged me over there (because I went SO unwillingly) when we were caught nearby during a bit of a hallway jam. The owners were very polite, and willing to talk to you extensively about all of their product, and they even had a few pieces broken up for samples, although they were running low on samples when I went by (I am sure they did not want to break another piece to go to waste that night as it was already rather late, but they probably used more the next day, totally acceptable chocolate preservation).
The really unique and attractive thing about Sweet Steam, is the shape of their chocolate. They have four different varieties of chocolate all shapped like little cogs, and the three brown colored varieties even have a coat of editable metalic bronze or copper dye over the top. They also have pieces shapped like pocket watches (“The Clockwork Orange – citrus flavored), cameos, (with dark, milk, and white chocolates), Locomotives on a stick, Mustaches on a Stick, and probable a few other shapes and designs that I did not see, purely because I probably would have bought one of everything if I had not stayed to one end of the table.
After debating, and trying not to overindulge, in the end, I purchased five different items: Milk Chocolate Cogs, Dark Chocolate Cogs, White Chocolate Cogs, Spicy Chocolate Cogs, and Spicy Hot Chocolate. The Milk Chocolate reminds me of the tast of Turtle Brand Hard Shell, if you have ever tried that (I used to pour it on a spoon and freeze it just so I could eat it), and the Milk and Dark were just as good with tastes adjusted per the Chocolate content. I do not often like Milk Chocolate, so bravo for making one as delicious as this. Dark Chocolate can often be too bitter, but not in this case. I would be curious to know the percentage on this…I may have to message them to ask (because I am a curious little cat).
As for the Spicy Chocolate Cogs and Spicy Hot Chocolate. First, I must say, spicy chocolate is generally not something I like very much, which saddens me. I know chocolate was initially drank with spicies, and I would love to honor that tradition, but I generally do not like the tastes. However I continue to try spicy chocolate in hopes that I will either find some I love, or eventually develop the taste for it. The Spicy Cogs were actually very good. The overall flavor is a cinnamon chocolate, though it does have a strong spicy kick that hits the back of your throat. I actually really liked this, though it is definitely something I could only eat one piece of occasionally rather than gorge myself on a box all at once. The Hot Chocolate was also very tasty and had a slightly stronger flavoring than the cogs however, this would be something I would drink, again, in smaller doses while sitting at a nice dinner or sitting in front of the fire than as a “carry-to-work-in-your-favorite-cog-covered-travel-mug” type of hot chocolate. I did not even make the drink very strong (They recommend 1/3 cup of the mix for a cup of hot chocolate, I added about three teaspoons for approximately 14 ounces and it was very watered down), but it was a bit overwelming for so much drink. Next time I think I will make a small amount, with more mix, and drink it as a sipping chocolate.
Overall, I am very impressed, and I hope they figure out a way to add shipping to their site soon so that I can order more.
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