Today, I got into my car after a busy day at work. I slid into the front seat, flicked my hair out of my eyes, and put the keys in the ignition. I looked up, and a movement directly in front of me caught my eye.
Ah, I thought to myself. That car across from me is getting ready to pull out of its parking space too. Better wait for it to go first.
And then I realised I was staring at the reflection of my own car in the full-length window of my office building.
Ah, I thought to myself. The driver in that car opposite is clearly in need of some chocolate.
The Curious Chocolatier Dark Chocolate with Blueberries and Almond
This chocolate bar might look vaguely familiar to those of you who’ve been visiting my blog for a year (or more). But I assure you, this chocolate is different to the already-reviewed Curious Chocolatier Dark Chocolate with Blueberries of 2010.
This 2011 chocolate has blueberries, almonds, and cinnamon, instead of just blueberries. Yep, Heidi’s chocolate just keep on getting more interesting. I’m barracking for the 2012 version to have blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, sesame seeds, merlot, and peanut butter chips in the shape of fairies. Who’s with me?
The aroma of The Curious Chocolatier’s 60% dark chocolate blend is one of familiarity and comfort, as I can now easily recognise its sweet vanilla and marshmallow-laced tones. This particular bar also had some fruity notes, assuredly from the blueberries hidden within.
With each smooth, rich, slowly-melting bite of this dark chocolate, I let the waves of marshmallow sweetness wash over me. This is a very accessible dark chocolate; there’s no hint of bitterness or earthiness, just a sweet and full-flavoured chocolatiness that enables you to keep nibbling, nibbling, nibbling.
The blueberries are, as per The Curious Chocolatier’s modus operandi, freeze-dried, which means that there’s more of a true fruit flavour than the cloying sweetness that comes with standard (and often sweetened) dried fruit. The blueberry flavour is nicely tangy here, and the pink-purple-blue colour of each hidden berry is gorgeous. I must admit that I found the cinnamon hard to pick up on, but the almonds provided a nice subtle nuttiness threading through the dark chocolate and blueberry flavours.
Other flavours of note in this chocolate include lychee, demerara sugar, toffee and, as ever, the recurring sweetness of vanilla. The Curious Chocolatier’s Dark Chocolate with Blueberries and Almonds is incredibly easy to eat, and I find myself yearning to visit Heidi again soon to see what new flavours may be awaiting me at her Old Bus Depot Market stall.
And that, my friends, is the reality, not simply the reflection of reality.