It’s not every day you eat a chocolate that was brought all the way to Australia from Finland, especially for you.
It’s not every day you eat a chocolate that leads to the words “squoodgy!” and “goopy!” appearing in your tasting notes (yes, the exclamation marks were included).
It’s not every day you eat a chocolate that, cocoa butter and berry notes aside, tastes of bittersweet nostalgia and a longing for a different longing, all because it was a gift from the supervisor of the PhD that you had to close your eyes and step away from.
Dear Ally, thank you for this chocolate and, more importantly, thank you for your support.
Kultasuklaa Lingonberry White Chocolate, or Kultasuklaa Puolukka Valkosuklaa
Having never heard of lingonberries before having this chocolate placed into my grateful hands, I found myself momentarily torn between the desire to google the fruit and the desire to simply taste and see for myself what it was like.
Ever the daring adventurer (when I was in primary school, I used to hang from the monkey bars by my knees with my arms pointing down to the ground, swing myself backwards and forwards to build up momentum, and then flip myself off to land right-side up. TOTAL DARING ADVENTURER.) I decided to go into this chocolate blind. Taste-blind, anyway. It’s not like I closed my eyes or anything as I ate. I don’t think. Where was I?
As I unwrapped this chocolate, I was overwhelmed by an aroma that took me right back to my back-flip-monkey-bar days: tutti-frutti. Yes, this classy-looking good-quality white chocolate with its obscure dried berries had the perfume of ye olde tutti-frutti lollies. Concentrating a little more, I also picked up on raspberry, blackcurrant, strawberry, and mixed berry fruit roll-ups notes, followed closely by yoghurt and cream.
I took a nibble. Creamy, tangy, raspberry, tangy, sweet… my mind flicked through a variety of taste memories like a librarian would thumb through a filing cabinet of index cards from the 1960s, and then I hit upon exactly what this chocolate tastes like.
This chocolate tastes like Fruits of the Forest Yoghurt. Like sweet and slightly-goopy Fruits of the Forest Yoghurt, complete with squoodgy bits of berry.
Lest you think that the terms “goopy” and “squoodgy” cast this chocolate in a negative light, I must state outright that this is a fun chocolate to eat, and would appeal to the sweet-minded amongst you. The white chocolate itself is smooth and creamy, very sweet but also tangy, and would surely be the perfect energising snack before an intense game of “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?”
Now I really want to play “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?”
Anyone want to meet me at the playground? I’ll be the one hanging upside down from the monkey bars.