The more chocolate I eat, the less chocolate I have.
Rationally, I understand this. And it’s not an issue when the chocolate I’m eating comes from the supermarket across the road, or the fancypants deli a half hour drive away.
But it makes me sad when the chocolate I’m munching goodbye to is chocolate from overseas. Chocolate that I have no hope of seeing again, unless I manage to convince my brother that his upcoming America holiday is about buying chocolate for me rather than experiencing the country of his birth*.
Alas, I don’t think I’m that good at persuasion. So goodbye, Chocolat Moderne. We’ve had some good times, haven’t we?
Chocolat Moderne Kashmir Spice Chocolate and Toffee Bar
Like the previously-reviewed Espresso and Lime chocolate bars, this Kashmir Spice Chocolat Moderne employs Valrhona chocolate as its base and uses the toffee as a vehicle for the range’s different flavours. In this case, the toffee is flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, which are described as “the prized spices of Kashmir”. Okie-dokie then.
However, whereas the previous Chocolat Moderne bars I’ve tried have been dark chocolate, this one is milk chocolate. Unfortunately, I think this weakens the taste overall. I say this not just because of my own personal preference for dark chocolate, but because I think the milk chocolate in this bar, being a darker milk chocolate that lacks both the caramel notes of milk chocolate and the assertiveness of dark chocolate, somehow “mutes” the spices.
The aroma of this chocolate is more sweet toffee than strong chocolate, accompanied by hints of chai tea. With the first bite, I noticed two things: the spices were subtle yet nicely balanced, but the toffee was chewy in a way that makes me think it was slightly stale. The latter is probably my fault, though, as it’s been months since I bought this chocolate in New York.
Neither the cinnamon, cloves, nor cardamom stand out distinctly, instead blending together into a mellow sweet-and-slightly-savoury chai-like flavour that compliments that sweetness of the milk chocolate quite well.
Ultimately, this chocolate was mellow, sweet, and pleasant to eat, but nothing about it grabbed me by the shoulders and begged me to find a way to get more. The Espresso Toffee Chocolat Moderne is still my favourite, both for its coffee punch and overall richer feel. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say no to this Kashmir Spice chocolate were it to come knocking on my door one evening.
Oh, and before you ask, yes. This chocolate was the inspiration behind my Mini Chai Meringues.
* I will never, ever forgive my brother or my parents for the fact that he was born in America. And is an American citizen. And could live there. When he has no desire to. When I would give my left ear to live in the States and be close to my favourite Amercian peeps. Now look, see? I’m crying again.