When I wrote my recent post about the beautiful kindness of you fabulous people out there in the blue wide yonder, I indicated that I would get back to reviewing the chocolates that many of you have so deliciously and generously sent me.
Casey, I’m starting off with you. It’s been an embarrassingly long time since you first arrived on Australia’s shores for your exchange semester with, unbeknownst to me, three chocolate bars in your suitcase destined for my happy heart and belly. And by “embarrassingly long”, I mean that I’m well aware of the fact that you’re already back in America.
Please forgive me, and accept this post about the first of your chocolate gifts, just as I forgive you for posting about your Salted Maple Rice Krispies when I have no access to vegan marshmallows. Teehee.
Chocolove 70% Strong Dark Chocolate
One of Chocolove’s shticks is its ability to create both interesingtly-flavoured and quality straight-up chocolates. Its other shtick is that each chocolate comes wrapped in a love poem. For example, within the paper folds of this Chocolove 70% Strong Dark Chocolate, I found the following stanza by Charlotte Brontë:
Oh, would I were the golden light
That shines around thee now,
As slumber shades the spotless white
Of that unclouded brow!
It watches through each changeful dream
Thy features’ carried play;
It meets thy waking eyes’ soft gleam
By dawn – be op’ning day.
– Watching and Wishing
What I also found, upon unwrapping this slightly-scuffed-but-mostly-glossy darkly blue-black chocolate, was a strong aroma tinged with smoke, bourbon or whisky (I don’t know my spirits; *lightweight waving*), and deep cocoa mixed with herbal and woodsy tones.
The bite was very crisp, and the texture smooth and slightly resistant before melting slowly, thickly.
But the taste, Hannah! What about the taste?
(Did I really just talk to myself in third person? Surely not. Hannah would never do that.)
Chocolove’s 70% Strong Dark Chocolate skillfully balances richness, sweetness and darkness, carefully avoiding the bitterness that can turn some people off dark chocolate. There are initial notes of muscovado sugar and marscapone cheese, which are quickly covered by an edge of smoke, golden syrup, and roasted walnuts. There’s a hint of tannin but also of clotted cream, and Chocolove’s decision to forego vanilla in this bar proves a winning one, as the cocoa’s richness is allowed to shine.
Chocolove’s 70% Strong Dark Chocolate is, ultimately, a delightful chocolate with lingering notes of toffee, almonds, brazil nuts, smoke, and golden syrup, all brought together in a slightly fudgy texture and silky melt.
Casey, thank you for this lovely chocolate. When did you say you were you coming back to Australia? *wink*
Question Time: Third person – amusing or incredibly irritating? Hannah would like to know for future posts. Also, any other pet peeves you want to throw in the ring today?