I’m ridiculously excited about this chocolate review. Truly, I am. Do you remember when I told you about my chocolate windfall and then my karmic real fall? In that post, I mentioned that there was something stupendous about a chocolate I’d received from my ever-innovative friend Heidi, The Curious Chocolatier.
Actually, each new flavour that Heidi has come up with this season is stupendous in its own right. However, for you and I, this is the really thrilling chocolate. Read on to find out why…
The Curious Chocolatier Milk Chocolate with Banana and Honey Roasted Peanuts
Here lies the story of how the above (and below) chocolate came into existence, and why we should all be giving ourselves a pat on the back right now.
Once upon a time, at the end of reviewing The Curious Chocolatier’s Dark Chocolate with Blueberries, I asked the following innocent and off-the-cuff question: “What fruit do you wish you could find embedded in a chocolate bar?”
In the comments section, many of you (being the wonderful, interested, and chocolate-lovin’ people that you are) responded with a plethora of fruit combinations that you wished to see enveloped in sweet cocoa goodness.
Little did any of us know that our Chocolate Fairy Godmother was sparkling in the background, reading our every word. Yes, folks, Heidi looked at the flavours people were interested in, and she created this very chocolate bar as a result of our desires.
It turns out that Heidi had been trying to figure out a way to employ banana in her chocolate, but was having trouble thinking of what to pair it with. Enter us and our talk of banana, honey, and peanuts…
When Heidi told me that my blog had helped inspire this chocolate, I all but spontaneously combusted with delight. And then I scampered home to gobble-gobble, because I knew that it was my solemn duty to ascertain whether this chocolate could be as delicious in reality as it was in our imagination.
Heidi uses a 34% cocoa content milk chocolate for this bar, and its aroma is pleasantly sweet with overtones of fudge and Jersey Caramels. This rich caramel aroma also translated into the flavour, with clotted cream and dulce de leche comprising the milk chocolate’s strongest notes.
Of course, it’s not really the chocolate alone that we’re interested in here, is it? Nope. We (okay, I) want to know what the banana and honey-roasted peanuts brought to this chocolate party.
In a word? They brought awesomeness. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the biggest fan of bananas, and I unreservedly hate the artificial banana flavouring used in milkshakes and mass-market icecreams and lollies. Heidi avoids the pitfalls of such artificiality by using unadulterated freeze-dried bananas, which are subtle in flavour and therefore contribute a lovely light, tropical, almost-floral tone to the bar.
And then the peanuts. Oh, the honey roasted peanuts. Each whole nut (or legume, if we’re being pedantic) is coated in a thin layer of crackly I-don’t-know-what-but-by-golly-it’s-delicious, and tastes of toffee, peanut brittle, roastedness, and glee. Yes, this deep near-burnt crackly caramel toffee nuttiness combined with the soft fruitiness of the banana and the fudge-like rich melt of the milk chocolate tastes like glee.
As you know, I don’t often enjoy chocolate that skates upon super-sweet ice. However, the interplay of flavours in this bar, and the way each bite brought a different taste to the fore, ensured that I was completely won over.
Well done us, but more to the point well done The Curious Chocolatier. Heidi, you pulled this one off with aplomb.