Fact #1: I am currently house-sitting for my parents.
Fact #2: I was lured here under false pretences.
No, really, I was. Picture the following scenario, which took place whilst luxuriating in the yumminess that was the Ottoman:
Dad: So are you all prepared to start house-sitting for us the week after next?
Me: Absolutely. I’m particularly looking forward to walking in the door and heading straight to the fridge, which will be stocked with fancy blue cheese, smoked salmon, cashew butter and Maggie Beer’s Quince and Bitter Almond ice cream.
Mum and Dad both: *laughter*
Now, honestly, what would you expect after this conversation? You’d expect to walk into your house-sitting abode and find a fridge stocked with fancy blue cheese, smoked salmon, cashew butter and Maggie Beer’s Quince and Bitter Almond ice cream, right? Right?
No prizes for guessing what I didn’t find in my parents’ fridge.
Before you all start thinking that my parents aren’t wonderful people, I should admit that when I walked into my bedroom, I found two blocks of chocolate on my bed. One was Lindt’s Chilli Excellence bar, which my mum and I love to snack on with coffee while watching SeaChange/The West Wing/Gilmore Girls/Ellen together, and the other was the below-reviewed bar, sent to my dad all the way from the U. S. of A.
Seeds of Change Organic Dark Chocolate
I’ve previously reviewed Seeds of Change’s Dark Chocolate with Mango and Cashew, which sadly didn’t impress me. However, I was more than willing to give Seeds of Change another go, as what would this world be like without second chances?
(Dawson’s Creek would’ve lasted a lot fewer seasons, that’s for sure. Oh, Dawson and Joey. All that back-and-forth and you still didn’t end up together? What a crock.)
This 61% “semisweet” dark chocolate had an intense aroma which wafted into the air as soon as I opened its packaging. Strongly fruity in tone with a sharp hint of yogurt, I started to feel a bit tentative about tasting the bar. After all, I tend towards the earthy, not tangy, chocolate flavour spectrum.
I needn’t have worried. For all that this chocolate’s aroma screamed “tangy!”, its taste simply whispered “subtle sweetness, demerara sugar, and hot chocolate with marshmallows”. I think the last came from the vanilla (which was – I checked – an ingredient), as vanilla always seems to heighten the sweetness of chocolate. In this case, the vanilla also contributed to a marshmallow flavour, which helped strengthen my perception of this chocolate as a pleasant, if not striking, piece of confectionary.
There was one interesting flavour note in this chocolate which, from memory, I’ve never before encountered: strawberry jelly beans. More times than I can count I’ve come across the tanginess of raspberries, red currants, and almost-ripe plums in chocolate, but never before the simple sweetness of strawberries. It was a very faint hint, for sure, but it was there. At least, this is what I thought.
But I also thought I was getting a fridge full of cheese when I house-sat, and we all know how that turned out.
NB: I simply cannot close this post without making sure everyone knows that the non-chocolate parts are in jest. My parents have given me unlimited use of their car and Iinternet while I house-sit, for which I am inordinately grateful.
Plus, there’s a dishwasher and a dog with whom I can snuggle when I’m lonely. So really, the blue cheese thing doesn’t matter at all.
NB Again: I think I’m making it worse by constantly bringing up the blue cheese. Parents, forgive me. I love you!