Charles Chocolates

This bar is Caramelized Crisped Rice. They don’t snap, crackle and pop but they’re still crunchy and make for a novel texture. 65% cocoa is enough to make the back of your tongue tingle but not too steep for the uninitiated. It’s good, smooth cocoa and comes in a cool box and interesting flavors which makes it a good one to give as a gift or bring to game night.

Each bar in the collection is wrapped in chocolate brown with a different line drawing and color box. Nice and simple it has a sense of whimsy while also providing a usable system for recognizing your favorite at a glance. It doesn’t try to be fancy, just humble and stylish. The box is pretty handy if through some minor miracle you don’t eat the entire thing in one sitting.

Templin Brink Design in San Francisco did the design work. The office has since split up and now Joel and Gaby do work as Hatch Design and Tomorrow Partners respectively. Both have portfolios full of fantastic work. The website is not quite as clean and fun as the packaging but it’s not way off base and is pretty usable.

Charles Chocolates

6529 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
phone: 510.652.4412

Available in Minnesota at Corazon (Washington Avenue or Lake Street). Find other locations here.

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