After the craziness/brilliance that was the day before yesterday’s Chocomize chocolate with edamame, curry powder, and granola, it felt best to return to chocolate simplicity with this Kallari 85% Dark Chocolate. What we’ve got here is pure chocolate – no inclusions, no flavourings, and not even soy lecithin to sneakily help blend together the cocoa and cocoa butter.
All Kallari uses in its chocolate is Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, and organic whole vanilla bean. In other words, this chocolate has nowhere to hide. (Not even in a game of sardines.)
Kallari 85% Dark Chocolate
Kallari’s 85% chocolate sent forth an intense aroma of deep cocoa with hints of earth as soon as I removed it from the packaging. The chocolate itself had a matte finish rather than a glossy sheen – quite unusual in high-end chocolate, in my experience.
As I closed my eyes and took a breath, the aroma of this chocolate overwhelmed me with delight. Bear with me here, as I’m about to describe something that may not immediately sound appealing. However, I stand by the claim that this chocolate’s aroma reminded me of the land after heavy rain – that delicious, fresh, clean, wholesome smell of wet earth (which we’ve been sorely missing here in Australia, what with the drought that’s seemingly been going on half my life).
With such a promising and enticing aroma, a part of me was nervous that the taste wouldn’t follow through. Thankfully, it more than followed through – Kallari hit this chocolate out of the ballpark (okay, so I know many people are currently experiencing World Cup fever – what’s an equivalent soccer term?).
My first thoughts upon tasting this chocolate weren’t very complex – I merely felt that it was simply, and perfectly, deeply rich, and that I wanted more. Like Lindt’s 90% bar reviewed here, Kallari’s 85% chocolate had malty, wheaty, vanilla-y flavours akin to a chocolate chip cookie (if said cookie had most of its sweetness removed). I might posit that Kallari has an edge on Lindt, as the former has a slight cooling element and a thicker, richer melt. Really, though, I mightily love both.
Seeing as Kallari’s utterly delicious, I-want-more 85% chocolate has this cookie element to it, I can’t think of a better way to close off my review than with the immortal words of a certain Sesame Street character:
C is for Cookie[-like chocolate], that’s good enough for me!