Did you know dolphins are just gay sharks?
– Glee, Season Two, Episode 1
Oh, Glee. I’ve missed you. For someone as enamoured with musicals as I am, Glee is hands-down the best show on telly at the moment. (Note: I say “at the moment” because I have an undying love for The West Wing, Firefly, and SeaChange. The last remains the only show where both the original and later love interests are equally beloved by me. Diver Dan and Max, I simply can’t choose between you. Except maybe I like Max, although that could be because Look Both Ways is amazing. But then again Diver Dan was in The Lord of the Rings, so you know what? The only clear fact here is that this is a mighty long digression.)
Where was I? Oh, yes, Glee, the above quote from last night’s season two opener, and perhaps the most tenuous link to a chocolate I’ve ever made.
Dolfin Noir Aux Amandes Grillées
Perhaps one of the most surprising things about Dolfin’s Dark Chocolate with Grilled Almonds is that despite its dark red-black colouring, the cacao content is a mere 52%. Just goes to show that numbers aren’t everything (says the lady who stopped taking maths after year 11). There are clearly a lot of almonds in this bar, and thankfully they’re integrated as little nubbins rather than whole nuts.
I immediately noticed smokiness in the aroma, which shows (if you can “show” smell) that the “grillée” of the title is no misnomer. And we all know how I detest misnomers in my chocolate.
The flavour is more intense in woodsy and red currant notes than a 52% would usually be, and I was all the chirpier for it. Funnily enough, the grilled almonds taste more of roastedness than of almonds – almost like the nuts are vehicles for a buttery and almost-coffee-like taste rather than a flavour in themselves.
The chocolate overall is rich, smooth, and sweet, with this sweetness becoming more pronounced the more one eats. (And I ate more indeed.) Luckily, the sweetness is never cloying, but retains its complex edge of roasted smoky notes with just a hint of maple syrup.
Now all I’ve got to do is wait for someone on Glee to sing about chocolate, and my world will be that little bit closer to complete.