One of the first chocolates I reviewed on this blog was Chocolove’s Almond and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate, which earned a thumbs-up from me for its well-executed integration of sweet dark chocolate with salt and crisply roasted almonds. Interestingly, Chocolove still doesn’t list that bar, nor the one reviewed today, on its website. Methinks a certain company needs to update its homepage, but I guess I can’t blame them for being too busy making chocolate to talk about said chocolate on the Internet.
Chocolove released two other flavours at the same time as the salted almond chocolate, and it is one of these new flavours that I’m showcasing today.
(For the record, I also have the last of the new flavours in my chocolate stash. Would you expect anything less?)
Chocolove Peppermint in Dark Chocolate
If I had to, I could sum up this chocolate in seven words: What you see is what you get. The smell of peppermint emanates through the packaging even when unwrapped, to the extent that I felt forced to put this bar in solitary confinement for the flight back to Australia. (Dear heavens, was that really two weeks ago? I was driving into Civic last night to have dinner with the charming ladies L-Izzle, H.CarryOn, and S.FondueLawyer, and I swear I’d forgotten I ever went on an overseas jaunt.)
Chocolove rarely fails to produce appealingly glossy chocolate, and this was no exception. For any poetry-heads out there, the poem on the inside wrapper was an excerpt from “Love” by George Herbert. For the flavour-heads out there, this tasted like an After Dinner Mint or a York Peppermint Patty, although not quite as eye-wateringly tooth-paste-y as I find Yorks to be. (Yorks is fun to say. Yorks. Ooooh, now I’m thinking of Yeerks from the Animorphs books. Not that I read those or anything…) At 55% cacao I wasn’t expecting much beyond a pleasantly sweet dark chocolate, and at 55%, that’s pretty much what I got.
In fact, it was impossible to pick out flavour notes from the chocolate itself, as the peppermint permeated each and every nibble. At the very least, there were no unpleasant acidic or fruity notes in this chocolate; the overwhelming feel of the bar was a cooling sweetness mixed with an uncomplicated but nicely smooth chocolate base.
And really, that’s all I have to say about this chocolate. It didn’t have any layering or progression of flavours to report on, and there was nothing striking in the use of peppermint oil. Chocolove’s Peppermint in Dark Chocolate is simply that: peppermint-flavoured dark chocolate. It is done well, and I applaud that, but I wouldn’t get it again. Mostly because I like more excitement in my chocolate, and a little bit because I prefer not to be reminded of toothpaste and chewing gum when eating chocolate.
Can you blame me?
P.S. Three more sleeps until the surgery. Sigh.