Life occasionally takes the form of a rather magnificent cause-and-effect, action-reaction, back-and-forth, ping-pong-esque stream of happenings that creates not chaos, but a welcome linear progression of fabulousnesses leading to even more fabulousness.
This fabulousness can involve adventure. It can involve new friends. It can involve chocolate.
And sometimes, it can involve all three at once.
Would you like to hear the story of the chain of events that led to my delighting in and reviewing this particular chocolate?
Sure you do.
Fremantle Chocolate Milk Chilli Chocolate
Once upon a time, I started a blog with a distinct chocolate focus. (Hey, guess what? I’m talking about this blog, right here. Who knew?)
Many moons later, my mother went on a work trip to Perth, and brought me back this dark chocolate by Fremantle Chocolate, which I found surprisingly delicious.
Around the same time, a lovely lass called Kari started reading and commenting on my often-chocolate-focused blog. (Hey, guess what? I’m talking about this blog, right here. Who knew?)
Kari realised that Fremantle Chocolate was produced right near her home town.
I expressed delight at this fact.
Kari discovered that she could visit the Fremantle Chocolate Factory.
I began needling her to make this happen.
Kari decided to visit the Fremantle Chocolate factory.
I expressed delight at this fact, and asked her to blog about it.
A few weeks later a parcel of goodies from Fremantle Chocolate arrived at my doorstep, carefully chosen by the stupendous Kari to align with my chocolate tastes, which she’d scoured my blog to ascertain.
I was overwhelmed with surprise and gratitude.
Kari, thank you! I’m very glad our lives careened off each other in this manner, bringing us not only friendship but much, much deliciousness.
In the hand-written note accompanying this (and other) chocolate(s), Kari mentioned that she knows milk chocolate isn’t my favourite type of chocolate, but that she hoped I would enjoy this bar regardless. As I read the note, I wanted to open my window and project my voice across the Nullarbor to Perth, telling Kari that any chilli chocolate is always welcome in my house (and by “house”, I mean “belly”).
With my previous positive Fremantle Chocolate experience firmly in mind, I unwrapped this milk chocolate with ground chilli and was immediately seduced by the gorgeous aroma. Hints of caramel (even crème caramel), chipotle and cinnamon spices, and something faintly floral emanated from the bar. Before long, I found myself breaking off a square.
The milk chocolate is soft and silky, melting smoothly in the mouth and almost tricking you with subtle flavours of clotted cream, muscovado sugar, and maple syrup before – WHAMPOPZINGSMACK – the chilli starts tingling in the back of your throat. You know what? It even burns a little bit.
But it’s a sweet, glorious, welcome, exciting burn. The chilli is not only a flavour in this chocolate, it’s a physical sensation, so much so that it tickles, slightly, and almost makes you cough.
But you don’t cough. Instead, you keep breaking off more rectangles of chocolate, delighting in the complex interplay of heat, spice, caramel, cream, sweet chocolate, and caramelised sugar flavours.
Fremantle Chocolate’s Chilli Milk Chocolate is good enough for even an avowed dark chocolate fiend to enjoy.