Yeah :-) they do not exactly taste like dark chocolate with almonds (my absolute favorite), but I do not find them THAT bad... Actually the Christmas tree comparison is cute, I never thought of it like that.
I usually just chew on one slowly, till it dissolves, and spit out the seeds... yes, it is bitter, but it also has this mysterious sweetness to it... and it works guaranteed, but then again, no sense in making yourself miserable if you find them so repulsive :-)
Let me know if that little spray thingy works for you, when you get it! I sure hope so!!