Before we get onto the chocolate, I’d just like to say thank you to everyone for the lovely comments on yesterday’s post. I always feel a bit nervous posting stories that are simply my life/thoughts/giggles, for fear they come across as self-indulgent and/or dull. And gosh, maybe they do, but thank you all for chatting with me anyway. If I could send each one of you chocolate, I would.
For the moment, though, I’ll have to settle for sending you chocolate-love. In other words, Chocolove. (Segue win!)
Chocolove Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate
So far on this blog, Chocolove’s Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate has received a rave review (and tiny pictures! Oh, the early blog days…) and its Peppermint in Dark Chocolate was described as nice but boring. I just realised that those two, plus this Coffee Crunch, make up the trifecta of Chocolove’s newest flavours, and yet none of them appear on the website. I can’t help thinking this is a bit lazy, as these bars have been on [American] shelves for at least a year.
Time to see if such laziness translates into the flavour, then. (What? Lazy chocolate? Yep, I don’t really know what I mean either.)
Heralded as being the equivalent of three cups of coffee, I wasn’t surprised when this bar greeted me with an intense coffee (nay, espresso) aroma. Add in the plethora of coffee bean fragments clearly visible on the bar’s underside, and this chocolate was definitely establishing itself as a potential winner for a coffee-flavour-lover such as myself.
And hurrah! It was! To be perfectly honest, I’d still pick Michel Cluizel’s Noir au Cafe bar over Chocolove’s version in a pinch (for the former’s slightly more intense chocolate base), but I don’t normally engage in low-key violence whilst choosing my chocolate. So I think we’re golden.
The initial burst of flavour in this chocolate is absolutely coffee, and an assertive espresso coffee at that, but almost immediately the honey-sweet dark chocolate slides in like an undercurrent. These two contrasting flavour notes sing well together, with the strong (yet not at all bitter) coffee playing off the sweet richness of the chocolate symphonically*.
I was pleased with the lack of burnt or acidic flavours in the coffee bean and chocolate components, and while I’d opt for a less-sweet chocolate were I eating it on its own, I agree with Chocolove’s choice to use a sweet blend here. The smooth melt of the chocolate also marries well with the crispy jolts of coffee bean, making this chocolate bar a study in pleasant contrasts.
Oh, and my decaf-lovin’ self wasn’t at all affected by eating half of this at once, but I’m pretty sure my high level of chocolate consumption has steeled me somewhat against the Crazy Caffeine Tizzies.
* All these musical metaphors have reminded me that my clarinet is no longer holding up a shelf in my room and that, therefore, it’s about time I dusted the old boy off. Especially as my parents are still refusing to give me the family piano#. Wouldn’t you say the piano is rightfully mine, seeing as I’m the only one who plays it.
# I’m also still waiting on my pony.