If I ever get around to writing this PhD thesis that I’m theoretically working on, I know I’ll have to be up-front about any personal biases that may affect the outcomes of my research. For example, if I were to write 100,000 words on the social construction of “soulmates” and the search for one’s “perfect partner” as reflective of Western society’s emphasis on individualisation and self-projects, I’d have to acknowledge that my conclusions might be affected by the fact that I am tremendously single.
Or if I were to rabbit on about the current trend towards the vilification of feminism (which seems predicated on forgetting that feminism is simply about equality), I would probably admit that while I believe women and men should be treated as fundamentally equal in both the public and private spheres, sometimes I do just want to be pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen.
Funnily enough, I have no photos of me pregnant or barefoot. Instead, here are the heels I bought on a whim in New York in April. Sadly, I still haven’t even tried these on, because of my stupid slow-healing toe.
It’s unlikely I’ll be writing on either of the above thesis topics, but I thought it would be a good idea to practise a little self-disclosure now anyway. So here’s the disclosure:
My recent exposures to the bland and cloying one-dimensional sweetness of Cadbury chocolate may have favourably biased my perception of TCHO’s single-origin fancypants dark chocolate, as reviewed below.
But I’m kinda okay with that.
TCHO Dark Chocolate Fruity 2.0
As you can see from these posts here, I’ve already reviewed TCHO’s other single origin dark chocolates (Nutty, Citrus, and Chocolatey). After a false-start with the first version of the Nutty chocolate, I’ve been very impressed with the quality and flavour nuances of TCHO’s organic and Fair Trade blends.
And this Fruity 68% dark chocolate, made with cocoa beans from Peru, was no exception.
Keep in mind that, as with all of TCHO’s chocolates, no flavourings have been added here to create a “fruity” taste. (That is to say, there is no citrus in the Citrus bar or nuts in the Nutty bar, although there is chocolate in the Chocolatey bar… of course.) It’s all in the cocoa beans, baby.
While I’ve found TCHO chocolate to be slightly hit-and-miss when it comes to embodying the flavours it’s named after, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this Fruity chocolate was, in fact, wonderfully fruity. Most fruity chocolate I’ve had has tended towards tanginess, yet this was utterly different and unique.
The aroma hit me with sweet notes of blueberries underpinning the cocoa, and while there was an element of raspberry, it was more like raspberry jam that acidic fresh raspberries. The first bite followed through on these impressions, with the sweetness of cherries and sugared berries playing off the lingering taste of good-quality chocolate.
As each square of chocolate melted in my mouth, fleeting “zings” of tart blueberry flashed by, yet never once did this chocolate veer into sourness or acidity. Other notes I picked up on while savouring this chocolate included pear, demerara sugar, and chocolate fondant.
All told, these flavours made for a rather beautiful piece of chocolate. And while my pleasure might have been heightened by the prior experience of Cadbury’s mediocrity, I stand by my assertion that TCHO makes some mighty fine chocolate. Sadly for me, it’s Cadbury and not TCHO that I have access to in my neck of the world-woods.