What happens when a chocolatier best known for its exacting, scientific take on bean-to-bar chocolates enters the candy bar game? Judging from Tcho's TchoPairings ($16 for two bars), the result is a variety of creative, slightly crazy confections like the line's astronaut ice cream bar. Eager to find out if that and its other flavors (hazelnut and strawberry rhubarb pie) could live up to the high standards of the brand's other treats, we dug in.
Rather than dance around the inspiration behind its hazelnut bar, Tcho proudly pays homage to Nutella in its name: Tchunky Tchotella. Even better, we'd argue that Tcho one-upped the gianduja spread by toning down the sweetness a notch by using a higher cacao milk chocolate and a just-right dose of salt. As one taster put it, this bar is "like Nutella you're allowed to eat without bread," something we can definitely get behind.