Friends, Romans, Countrymen-and-women-and-transgenders-and-the-elderly-and-people-who-don’t-want-to-be-pigeonholed-in-any-manner-oh-dear-heavens-I-promise-I’m-equal-opportunity-where-was-I-did-you-know-Kick-Gurry-was-in-an-episode-of-SeaChange-and-so-my-housemate-and-I-watched-Looking-for-Alibrandi-last-night-and-oh-my-it-was-odd-seeing-Matthew-Newton-before-he-was-a-wife-beater-I-seem-to-be-really-off-track-hi-there-welcome-to-the-first-real-post-here-on-my-new-blog-can-you-tell-I’ve-eaten-a-lot-of-sugar-today-because-I-have-hi-there!
I’ve been remiss. I’ve held back from you. Not intentionally, I promise. But I have held back.
You see, months ago I showed you two of my personalised, customised chocolates from Chocomize, the American chocolate company that lets you pick your own chocolate flavour combinations. I showed you my magical mystery milk chocolate with roasted edamame, curry powder, and pomegranate granola, and then I showed you my less wacky dark chocolate with poppy seeds, pretzels, and cinnamon toast cereal.
But there was a third chocolate, Friends, Romans, and Country-people. A third chocolate that was so beautiful, so Adonis-like, that it almost didn’t matter how it tasted. (But I’mma gonna tell you how it tasted anyway.)
Chocomize White Chocolate with Crystallised Violet Petals, Honey Roasted Soybeans, Toffee, and Cocoa Nibs
Shall I say that again? White Chocolate with Crystallised Violet Petals, Honey Roasted Soybeans, Toffee, and Cocoa Nibs. Read it and weep, my Friends, Romans, and Country-bloggers. Read it and weep. (And I mean that in the most affectionate sense.)
I believe this chocolate is one of prettiest I’ve ever seen, albeit in a gaudy and glittery way . Normally I subscribe to my mother’s Less Is More philosophy but, in this case, More is More. Not only aesthetically, but because every bite of this chocolate contained multiple flavours and textures that all came together in a delicious harmony.
(You lot are tremendously lucky right now, because I can never hear the word “harmony” without singing a line from a The Little Mermaid cartoon that trills and darts all over the place, into different octaves and registers and keys and all that good stuff. Yes, I’m singing it now. Yes, you should be grateful you can’t hear me.)
The white chocolate used here is a creamy off-white and, though sweet, does put forward some nice butter, cream cheese, and vanilla ice cream notes. But really, this chocolate is all about the plentiful toppings, and how they interact with the chocolate and each other. So let’s break it down, hip-hop-style. (Krump with me, people! Krump!)
Honey Roasted Soybeans: The soybeans were wonderfully crisp and contributed a strong roasted nuttiness, which was a welcome contrast against the sweetness of the chocolate, toffee, and violet petals. I was quite happy to find that the “roasted” flavour overwhelmed the “honey” flavour here, as more sweetness is not what this creation o’ mine needed.
Toffee (both plain and chocolate-covered): The toffee was softer than I expected, but thankfully had discernible butter and caramel notes. It wasn’t as flavourful as, say, a Werther’s caramel, but it was far tastier than plain melted sugar.
Cocoa Nibs: At first I thought these nibs contributed naught but visual appeal, but then I experienced a little explosion of woodsy chocolate bitterness on my tongue and I was satisfied (get your minds out of the gutter, people. I’m talking about chocolate, nothing more).
Crystallised Violet Petals: These amazed me. Really. I was expecting (as you would) the flavour of violet, such as popped up in this Belgian chocolate. Instead, these sugared flowers tasted like raspberry and blueberry boiled lollies from my childhood, which I’d find at Old Fashioned Lolly Shops in country towns on family vacations. I don’t normally go for fake fruit flavours, but there was something so sweet, and innocent, and sparkling, and fresh, and sparkling, and crisp, and sweet, and reminiscing-making about these petals, that I couldn’t help loving them. I mean, look below – I even found a stem hidden beneath some of the petals. How can you not fall in love with that?
As you can tell, I really enjoyed this bar. The white chocolate made me think of custard, sweetened cream, and vanilla frosting, and it combined beautifully with every ingredient I’d chosen for it to play with. Sure, this creation falls more into the “candy” than “high quality nuanced chocolate” category, but sometimes that’s just what you want. Nay, need.
I can’t recommend Chocomize enough for the Willy Wonka-esque experience of creating your own chocolate bar of wonderment. Those of you in America really ought to save your pennies and try out some chocolate ingenuity. And then tell me about it, because otherwise I’ll keep weeping and singing about under-the-sea harmony.
And no one really wants that, do they?