Shame on me.
About a million years ago (I didn’t stop taking maths in Year 12 for nothing), I told you about the time I went to the Bus Depot markets, was generously given the four newest Curious Chocolatier chocolate bars, and then found myself face-planting in the gravel for the privilege.
I quickly reviewed and raved about The Curious Chocolatier’s Milk Chocolate with Banana and Honey Roasted Peanuts… and then I went radio silent on that particular chocolate front.
Please don’t think this means that the other flavours aren’t up to snuff. They’re totally snuff. (Wait, what?)
The Curious Chocolatier Milk Chocolate with Lime and Coconut
I’m currently trying to relearn my childhood appreciation for coconut. What better way to help this task along than with chocolate? And, moreover, chocolate crafted by The Curious Chocolatier, whose innovative flavour combinations I’m coming to respect more and more?
Firstly, I love the packaging of this chocolate. Yay green! Secondly, the ingredients list is simple and decipherable, clearly stating that the milk chocolate is a respectable 34%, the coconut is flaked, and the lime flavour comes from lime oil. Tick, tick, tick, in my book.
(Okay, I have to link to something entirely irrelevant now. For anyone even mildly interested in Harry Potter, you should probably watch “The Mysterious Ticking Noise” by the Potter Puppet Pals. Like, now.)
The aroma of this chocolate is, in a [made-up] word, fan-diddly-tastic. It smells like Key Lime Pie, but with chocolate; there’s a fresh lime zing and a cocoa-based caramel sweetness that I found myself hoping-against-hope would translate into the taste.
After all, you put the lime in the coconut. Or whatever that lyric is.
When I took my first bite of this bar, I noticed the same caramel notes to the milk chocolate as I’d found in the aforementioned peanut banana chocolate, yet there was also a subtle freshness from the lime that made the chocolate a little less sweet. This is, of course, a good thing in my book.
The lime oil reminded me more of fragrant kaffir limes than bitter lime zest, but it was never an overpowering flavour. The lime is a subtle note playing at the edges of your consciousness, teasing you with complexity whilst your mind is focused on the milk chocolate’s creaminess and the coconut’s textural crunch.
Like the lime, the coconut in this bar is subtle. The toasted flakes are crispy without being burnt, and thankfully don’t get caught in your teeth or throat like desiccated coconut can.
The word I kept returning to in my tasting notes for this chocolate was “subtlety”. The milk chocolate’s sweetness, the lime oil’s fragrance, and the coconut’s nutty richness each seemed to be playing the role of quiet achiever rather than schoolyard bully, linking hands to play Ring a Ring o’ Rosy* harmoniously instead of standing apart to boss everyone else around during a game of Cops and Robbers.
Or, in less metaphorical Hannah-just-went-away-with-the-fairies-back-to-primary-school language, this Milk Chocolate with Lime and Coconut is a lovely, fresh, zingy, coconut-y, creamy and refreshing chocolate creation.
* Without the plague reference, of course.