Updated 25 Mar, 2024

To say that I love chocolate would be an understatement. I live for chocolate. It’s possibly my favourite thing in the world. That one Cadbury ad where an entire city is built out of chocolate? I still want to live there.

So when my boss told me about Girl Gone Cocoa’s Bear Paws, my first reaction was confusion. Bear Paws? What could that entail? Was my boss talking about a bear claw? She was not — she was talking about a form of chocolate and I simply had to have it.

A trip to Fresh Basket confirmed what my boss had told me — the Bear Paws were massive chocolates with a thick layer of caramel and chopped pecans. I couldn’t not buy it! At Rs1,850 for a pack of three Bear Paws, the price was rather steep, however, each claw was quite massive so it wasn’t a terrible bargain.

I tried it as soon as I got to my car, of course. The name made sense when I pulled a paw out of the bag — it vaguely resembled the massive paw of a bear, with the pecans sticking out from the side reminiscent of a bear’s claws.

The chocolate layer had a nice snap to it and I could immediately tell that they used some quality chocolate because it was deliciously smooth. It was also mildly sweet which paired perfectly with the rich, thick caramel — the kind that stretches a little when you bite at it, leaving little caramel ribbons.

The best part was definitely the pecans, especially because they’re not readily available and are therefore usually not used in desserts. The nuts added some much-needed texture with their delectable crunch and the subtle hint of earthiness which balanced the other sweet elements, adding a layer of complexity that mass-produced chocolates do not have.

The Bear Claws are exclusively available at Fresh Basket’s Khayaban-e-Shahbaz branch in Karachi. And while they are expensive, I think it’s a great snack to treat yourself to.

I’m rating it 4/5 with a point removed for the price and quantity.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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Taj Ahmad Mar 22, 2024 03:03pm
Looks great and must have a great taste.
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Ehsan Mar 22, 2024 07:08pm
Great work down for supporting small businesses
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Ajmal Mar 22, 2024 11:44pm
Sounds great...will give it a try.
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Nadia Mar 22, 2024 11:49pm
And after years of having these chocolates you will be left with no teeth and have even high dental costs so remember that everything expensive often has even more hidden expenses it keeps piling and piling the life of luxury …
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M. Saeed Mar 23, 2024 12:10am
If it lost a point on price and quantity, it means it is a.failed local initiative.
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Hassam Mar 23, 2024 11:43pm
One suggestion to the author and the editor. Please mention the city when publishing such reviews. I skimmed the entire article but couldn't tell.
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Laila Mar 25, 2024 02:36am
No city? Also I am almost sure this is not in Lahore or Punjab...
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Laila Mar 26, 2024 04:36am
@Nadia, Yes, unless you have it occasionally as a treat and always keep up good dental hygiene. Nobody should eat this daily. Also its pricey. Diabetes is particularly common here because our people have a sweet tooth, exercise little to no self-discipline and refuse to respect medical sciences.
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