I’d like to think I have a pretty good memory, but there are parts of my life that, try as I might, I simply can’t recall.
I can’t remember what my parents gave me for my eleventh birthday.
I can’t remember why, when I was twelve, I thought it would be a good idea to deliberately touch my hair to a shimmering-with-heat electric hotplate.
I can’t remember what happened in American Gods, although I remember thinking it was fantastic.
I can’t remember when I stopped eating half a hot buttered (okay, Nuttelexed) bagel for afternoon tea every day after school.
I can’t remember what it’s like not to yearn for travel in a way that, honest-to-goodness, sometimes feels like I’m endlessly stamping my foot inside.
I can’t remember eating this Tesco Finest Organic Ecuadorian 39% Milk Chocolate with Caramelised Salted Almonds. However, I have the photos and tasting notes to prove that I did, so let’s have a go at this review anyway.
Tesco Finest Organic Ecuadorian 39% Milk Chocolate with Caramelised Salted Almonds
I do remember where I bought this chocolate. It was in a Tesco supermarket in Gatwick, where I stayed for one night at a lovely B&B before my flight to Germany the next day. I remember finding Neighbours playing on the television (and not watching it), and I remember talking to the female B&B owner about allergy-friendly desserts that she could make for her guests.
I don’t remember that this chocolate was comprised of 39% milk chocolate (that’s only 1% less than Nestlé’s “dark” chocolate chips. Harrumph to Nestlé, say I.) I don’t remember that 25% of this Tesco chocolate was, in fact, caramelised salted almonds and not chocolate, but my photo of the packet says so, and photos don’t lie.
Except when they’re of photo-shopped celebrities, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
I don’t remember that the aroma was strong in butter toffee notes, and that the first bite similarly delivered flavours of toffee and nut brittle followed quickly by zings of salt.
I don’t remember that, at the same time, every bite of the chocolate was perfumed with floral almond notes, even the nibbles that were ostensibly almond-free. I don’t remember writing that “the salt doesn’t punch you in the face but is there, always, with almonds constantly threading through and complexifying the flavour”.
I don’t remember thinking that the chocolate had cream and caramel flavours as well as something enticingly dusky in tone, like golden syrup mixed with nuttiness and caramel fudge.
I don’t remember any of the above, but my words, saved months ago on the computer, prove that I did, in fact, once upon a time, enjoy this chocolate.
And who needs memories when you have tangible typed proof?