See? My head isn’t an entirely loopy place to be. Sure, I like to keep things interesting by adding Tabasco to my peanut butter cookies and, when given the chance, designing a customised chocolate bar topped with edamame, curry powder and granola. But sometimes I do tend towards the tried-and-true. Sometimes, I aim for overall harmony – my years in a clarinet ensemble certainly showed me the value of being in tune with one’s surroundings.
And so I present to you the second of my personalised Chocomize creations. The creation intended to be less-crazy and more harmonious…
Chocomize Dark Chocolate with Mini Pretzels, Cinnamon Toast Cereal, and Poppy Seeds
After admiring the burnished pretzels, sugar-coated cereal, and little bitty blue-black poppy seeds embedded in the chocolate, I attempted to break off a few rows. I say “attempted” because the pretzels, in crossing over the bar’s demarcated squares, made it impossible to break the chocolate evenly. Is this a bad thing? Not for me. I see no issue in getting a larger chunk of chocolate than I intended. I figure it’s just the universe telling me that abstemiousness in the face of chocolate is ridiculous.
Still, it might make sharing tricky. Perhaps slightly smaller pretzels would work better? But that’s enough about boring old functionality. We all know that the important thing is the taste.
For the sake of continuity, I’ll stay with the pretzels. They worked magnificently here. Not only were they as crisp and fresh as they day they were born (erm, baked), their malty, toasted wheat, and indubitably “pretzel-y” flavours played off the sweet dark chocolate wonderfully. As we know, I’m a fan of using flavours on the savoury spectrum (salt, chilli, curry, roasted edamame/nuts) to counteract the sweet side of chocolate. These pretzels did exactly that. Bravo, Chocomize.
The Cinnamon Toast Cereal was a little bit disappointing. The positives were the cereal’s light and crispy texture and the jolt of sweetness from its white sugar-coating, but sadly the cinnamon flavour was lacking. For a true cinnamon hit in your Chocomize bar, I’d recommend choosing the cinnamon powder instead of this cereal.
Poppy seeds have a nostalgic place in my heart, as my mum makes a poppy seed cake that, well, has a nostalgic place in my heart. Yep. (I may just have to blog it one day.) These poppy seeds provided a nice little textural crunch, but their flavour was a bit hit and miss. Sometimes the slightly-spicy, slighty-nutty poppy taste came through well, and other times… nothing. I’m not going to fault Chocomize for this, though, as poppy seeds aren’t the most striking seed in the birdfeeder, so to speak. Also, there’s a chance my senses were clouded by all the opium.
Last but not least, let’s chat about the chocolate. Surprisingly, if we’re talking about the straight-up chocolate, I far preferred Chocomize’s milk chocolate to its dark. And I’m a die-hard dark lover. In my experience, the milk chocolate had a lovely caramel complexity, whereas the dark chocolate was one-dimensional and a bit flat in its sweetness.
Don’t get me wrong, the chocolate wasn’t terrible by any means. Just very sweet, and definitely best when paired with strong, not-sweet flavours like pretzels. In fact, I’d very happily order another bar of Chocomize’s dark chocolate with only pretzels in it. That combination was brilliant.