First things first, I feel I ought to make clear that my last post was a trickery of sorts. At this current point in my life (read: recent graduate caught halfway across the unemployed tightwire with a PhD beckoning from one end and the workforce from the other), I absolutely would not intentionally spend $660 on a ring. Even, and here’s the answer, a one of a kind sparkly behemoth made by a student from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Unfortunately for me, the lady at the cash register rang the sale up as $599.20 rather than $59.92, and while she “voided” the sale (and then charged me the $59.92) upon my pointing this out, both sales are still “pending” in my bank account. I’m rather hoping it will all just fix itself, but I’m also psyching myself up for a traipse back to the store at some point before I leave Savannah on Monday night.
Still, I believe it’s a pretty ring. Sparkly sparkly.
For a change of pace, I thought I’d finally start posting reviews of the chocolates I’ve been delighting in. I’ve been making my way through two bars a day (there’s so much to try – a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do), and as a result have a rather large backlog of tasting notes. To ease y’all in, though, I’ll start with just the one review…
Valrhona Jivara Pécan
Valrhona describes this bar as “a surprising combination of crispy caramelised nuts with the deep creamy, chocolatey taste of Jivara”. Jivara is one of Valrhona’s Grand Cru chocolates, and displays a complexity of flavour that ensured my interest was held for far longer than is usually the case with milk chocolate. (My heart belongs to the dark side.) The small, though plentiful, pieces of caramelised pecan did not stand out distinctly in terms of flavour, but did add an interesting texture as well as an extra level of nuttiness and butteriness to the overall taste.
The flavour notes that assert themselves strongly in the Jivara Pécan bar are malt, vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cream, with the chocolate itself displaying Valrhona’s typically smooth texture and slow melt. While milk chocolate often bores me with its cloying and one-note sweetness, the fact that this bar tasted overwhelmingly of malt chocolate milkshakes kept me entertained. However, it is a very sweet bar, so definitely for those of you who tend towards milk chocolate in the first place. Try it – I guarantee Cadbury’s will never taste the same.