There comes a time in the life of any chocolate blogger when the backlog of chocolates eaten but not reviewed becomes slightly terrifying. Of course, chocolate backlog panics are made far worse when you eat and take notes for at least three new chocolates every week but don’t manage to write any reviews in the same time period. Many weeks in a row.
The only plausible solution to this problem is a Chocolatepalooza. Here we go!
Lotte Vessel in the Fog Milk Chocolate
What makes a chocolate like a vessel in the fog? Is it that the flavour creeps up on you like pirates on a river about to attack so that they can steal your pantaloons to make hats with? Or is it more like the anticipation of standing in the mist at the bow of a cruise boat, wondering what island delight will be before you when the sky clears?
Apparently, a micro-grind vessel in the fog translates to Japan’s version of an Aero bar. I was given this bar quite some time ago by the ever-inspiring Helen of Grab Your Fork, whom I’m currently lulling into a false sense of security by letting her constantly beat me at Words With Friends. Just you wait, Helen. I’ll strike when you least expect it.
Oh, and the chocolate? Quite pleasant. This Lotte Milk Chocolate was certainly sweet but had nice strong notes of double cream, and the added benefit of novelty air bubbles. Thanks Helen!
Balance Sugarfree Dark Chocolate with Pistachios
I was initially disappointed in this Balance Sugarfree Dark Chocolate with Pistachios. I found it watery and insipid in flavour, with the cold-sensation muted sweetness that is often the hallmark of malitol-sweetened chocolates. However, over time the flavour began to remind me of the 150g block of pistachio torrone that I ate while sitting in the main square of Siena, and that’s never a bad thing.
Meiji Black Chocolate
This Meiji Black Chocolate was given to me by Fiona, back before she moved to Sydney and thus deprived me of our frequent coffee dates. However, seeing as the chocolate was far richer in flavour and more tasty than I was expecting, I forgive her for moving. (Almost.) Thanks Fiona!
Oxfam Australia Fairtrade Belgian Dark Chocolate
This Oxfam Australia Fairtrade Belgian Dark Chocolate was one of the goodies in my Christmas pillowcase-stocking, along with a Scratchie I won five dollars on, a delicate Christmas ornament, two adorable little dipping-sauce bowls, an even more adorable notebook that is also a quaintly illustrated version of Snow White, and much more.
I’ve totally already spent the five dollars from the Scratchie on lemon and ginger tea. I’m extravagant like that.
My overwhelming reaction to this Oxfam Chocolate (54% cacao content) was that it’s incredibly sweet, but also quite rich and enticing. The following is, I kid you not, a direct copy-paste from my tasting notes:
walnut and sugar… oooh agave, caramel, something woodsy.
another bite… SWEEEEEEET vanilla, turtle. what? ignore that. caster sugar but also burnt toast edge… texture slightly grainy. YUM but suuuuuper sweet. jellybeans.
If someone is able to explain “turtle” to me, I’ll be forever grateful.
Question Time: Would you mind if I interspersed Chocolatepalooza posts like this with my more detailed reviews of single chocolates? Which of these chocolates would you most like to try?