Hey, guess what!
It’s Valentine’s Day, so I wrote you a poem:
VD is an unfortunate acronym
For a day celebrating a her and a him*.
For those of you rejoicing in coupledom
I hope that your dinner is served with aplomb.
I hope that your smiles are always returned,
And that vulnerability has not left you burned.
If you’re single, love yourself sick right now
Take a look in the mirror, then say “And how!”
I hope that there’s sweetness from morning to night
That your veggies stay crisp and your pasta has bite.
I hope that nothing about this day makes you sad,
And now let’s talk about chocolate.
Whittaker’s 62% Dark Cacao
This Whittaker’s dark chocolate is the first of five New Zealand chocolates (to be blogged in coming weeks) which came to me direct from The Land of the Long White Cloud itself. Yes, folks, this review is entirely thanks to the generosity of my fabulous friend Vaala, who I hope is by my side if I ever find myself lost in the bush or stranded on a beach with a kayak I can’t use**. Vaala sent me three blocks of Whittaker’s chocolate, two of which I can’t find in Australia. I decided to start with this straight 62% plain dark chocolate, so as to get a bit of a “feel” for the company’s chocolate.
The aroma of Whittaker’s 62% Dark Cacao hits you with intensity the moment the chocolate is released from its paper wrapping. Though I always feel silly saying this, the aroma is very chocolatey. Happily, it soon shows a bit more complexity, with notes of raspberry, red currant, pineapple, and sweet lemonade coming to the fore.
The best words to describe the flavour of this chocolate are fruity and sweet. Veeeery sweet. At times throat-searingly sweet, caster sugar sweet, Sprite sweet. Yes, Sprite. In fact, that particular flavour might have something to do with the speed at which I polished off this 250g block of chocolate. As a kid, I was only ever allowed Sprite when I was sick. In my mind, therefore, Sprite equals a momentary respite from nauseous misery. Surely that happy nostalgia explains how this hefty block of chocolate disappeared less than a day after I took my first bite? Surely.
This isn’t a complicated chocolate, flavour-wise, but its sweetness intermingled with notes of lychee, pineapple, toffee, and vanilla icing ensures that it is incredibly moreish.
And now I can’t wait to try the other four Vaala-bequeathed chocolates in my stash.
* Or a her and a her, or a him and a him. Neither love nor STDs discriminate in this world of ours.
** Vaala is, you see, a bit of an Orienteering and Outdoor Adventuring Goddess.