First off, I just discovered that yesterday constituted not only my 100th post, but my 1000th comment. I’m a little overwhelmed, to be honest! I know such numbers would mean little to long-established bloggers, but as I’ve only been doing this since early December I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads these ponderings and adventures of mine. There’s no way I would have kept this up had I not received such encouraging feedback, and I doubt my travels would have been half as much fun had I not been able to share them with all of you. (Also, the tough moments would have been far tougher – this I know for sure.) So thank you again, both vocal and silent readers!
For now, though, let’s return to good old fashioned chocolate reviewing. And in the spirit of thankfulness, let’s look at some rather scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate: two similar-yet-slightly-different-but-both-yummers bars by Cote d’Or.
Cote d’Or Sensations Pistache Noir 70%
Even if I hadn’t been seduced by the pistachios, the cute elephant graphic would have convinced me to give this a try. (Note: I’m not actually seduce-able by elephants.) It had a rich cocoa smell, and as soon as I placed a square in my mouth I was a happy camper… but also a confused camper.
See, there was something not-altogether-pistachio-y to the flavour, but I liked it and I knew that I liked whatever I was being reminded of. My tasting notes attest to my confusion. Scattered in amongst words like “delicious” are “brittle?!”, “coffee?!” and “savouryish?!”.
Perhaps the flavour I was trying to pin down was… elephant?
The only way to overcome the obstacle of the mystery flavour was, of course, to eat the entire bar in one sitting. All in the name of thorough research, I tell you! Eventually it came to me, amidst the crunchy sugary morsels of nuts and the woodsy rich smoothness of the dark chocolate:
Marzipan. And almond extract. I’m not entirely sure why caramelised pistachio tasted like almond essence, but I’m not complaining. It was tastiness, but not as delectable as…
Cote d’Or Degustation Sesame Noir 70%
Om nom nom nom nom! With apologies to anyone likely to be offended, there were a few naughty words in my tasting notes because this was just absolutely fabulous. The sesame seeds were caramelised to just the right side of burnt; their flavour full of deep, rich, roasted, caramel, nutty, almost-savoury-but-honey-sweet tasty tastiness.
Anyone like to snack on Sesame Snaps? (I don’t know if they go by a different name outside of Australia, but they’re pretty much just thin crackly squares of honey and sesame seeds.) This bar tastes like sesame snaps crushed up between rich, unctuous dark chocolate. Which, I suppose, is precisely what it is.
More to the point, I can bring a couple of these chocolates home, which is more than I can say for the Parisian patisserie treats I’ve been indulging in. Fie on you Australian customs regulations!