I can’t help feeling sheepish when I look back at this post about Chocolat Moderne’s Espresso Toffee chocolate. As much as the three separate shots of my chocolate-lovin’ visage beg to differ, I don’t really delight in taking photos of myself. What I do delight in, though, is reviewing another of Chocolat Moderne’s toffee-filled chocolates (and leaving my own face out of it).
Chocolat Moderne Lime Chocolate and Toffee Bar
Just like the Espresso Toffee bar before it, this lime-infused toffee creation is made with 65% Valrhona chocolate. Pleasingly dark and glossy in appearance, there was definitely a citrus tinge to the aroma, although I’m not sure I could pinpoint it specifically as lime. Upon breaking the chocolate up, I was happy to find the bar jam-packed with toffee chunks. I must admit that the toffee didn’t seem quite as crisp in this bar as it did in the Espresso chocolate, but that’s probably because I carted the Lime bar halfway across the world before eating it.
The lime flavour in this bar is pleasantly subtle and smooth, forming a light and tangy undertone to the buttery-caramel sweetness of the toffee pieces. The chocolate is equally enjoyable, melting easily on the tongue and contributing a deeper, darker edge to the bar’s sweetness. This Valrhona blend isn’t as complex or swoon-worthy as the Guanaja Grué, but its richness definitely indicates a high-quality chocolate.
Bear with me… whenever I see this photo, I think of The Land Before Time. Except instead of a scary swallowing-creatures-whole chasm, we’re looking at a delicious chocolate chasm.
As you might be able to tell, I liked this chocolate but I wasn’t blown away. There was nothing untoward in the taste, and yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was having to work for the flavours. If I didn’t concentrate, this chocolate seemed to offer little more than a pleasant, unexciting sweetness. Every now and again, a big punch of lime juice or buttery toffee would surprise me, and in those moments I thought far more highly of this creation. For the most part, though, I’d rate Chocolat Moderne’s Espresso Toffee chocolate as more worthy of a repeat purchase than this Lime version.