I’m almost positive that I bought this chocolate in Munich. I say “almost” because, as you might remember, I was rather knocked about in Germany by a Liverpoolian disease involving loss of smell, taste, and hearing and an intense desire to smear bright orange fake tan all over my body (okay, okay, it was just the flu, and the last part, while clearly a rampant problem in Liverpool itself, didn’t strike me personally). Anyhoodle, what I’m trying to say is that while I normally have a crystal clear memory in regards to chocolate purchasing, I feel more opal about this bar’s origins.
But seriously, Himalayan salt, dark chocolate, and sheep milk powder? I’d have bought this even if it was being sold out of a stolen car’s boot.
Choco-Lina Himalayan Salt Dark Chocolate with Sheep Milk
After a journey through a multitude of climates, forms of transportation, and countries, this chocolate was a little worse for wear by the time I ate it. Battered, bruised, and bloomed, the chocolate nonetheless put forth a sweet aroma and showcased a light dusting of salt on its underside.
I’m sorry to say, though, that unlike Askinosie’s goat milk powder chocolate with its strong and fun chevre flavour, the sheep milk powder in this bar contributed no detectable flavour nuances. In fact, if it weren’t for the 70% cocoa content listed on the front of the packaging, I’d have guessed this to be a milk chocolate product, so sweet and lacking in complexity was it.
Don’t get me wrong, the salt played off nicely against the sweetness, but compared with chocolates such as Salazon’s three bars, B.T. McElrath’s Salty Dog, or the myriad other salt-focused bars I’ve reviewed here, this didn’t stand out.
I think I was more disappointed in this chocolate than I should have been, but that’s largely to do with unmet expectations. I was hoping for a darker-flavoured chocolate with a discernible sheep’s milk tang, and yet this bar was simply a sweet and pleasant milk chocolate-tasting concoction with subtle salt hits. It was nice without being striking, although I will admit that the embossed images were very cute.