I’m typing this at the Canberra Airport, looking out the window at a yellow-grey opaque and invisible world cloaked in fog, waiting to hear whether my second flight to Sydney has also been cancelled*. What better time to bust out the next Chocolatepalooza post?
* It was.
Alprose Deluxe Dark Chocolate with Dark Praline
My lovely Sydney-based colleague Vicky brought this block of kosher and parve (dairy-free!) chocolate to the office when she last came to Canberra. I may or may not have squealed a little bit whilst hugging her.
Comprised of sugar, cocoa mass, hazelnuts, cocoa butter, and vanillin, this chocolate’s aroma reminded me of Easter chocolate and, by extension, my mum’s rhyming-clue Easter Egg hunts. Nostalgia yay!
The hazelnut praline filling made this chocolate reminiscent of Nutella and Guylian Seashells. It was quite sweet, and proved a lovely accompaniment to a flagon of black coffee made with beans from Lonsdale Street Roasters.
Darrell Lea Choc Peanut Brittle Fingers
I have fond childhood memories of eating samples of Darrell Lea’s peanut brittle with my brother, if we were lucky enough to find the Darrell Lea Sample Lady spruiking her wares during my family’s Saturday morning grocery trips to Woden Plaza.
The milk chocolate that Darrell Lea used here was acceptable. It was mostly just sweet, though a bit greasy and chalky. But who are we kidding? This treat isn’t about the chocolate. It’s about the brittle.
The taste of the peanut brittle did bring back those mornings of dawdling around the shopping centre, smelling the soaps at The Body Shop and poring over books in Angus and Robertson. The brittle had a pleasant butteriness with discernible peanuts and a hint of salt, but I must admit that my heart longed for something darker, something saltier, something closer to the burnt caramel than caster sugar end of the toffee-brittle spectrum.
It seems growing up changes many things, not least one’s tolerance to sugar levels. On the plus side, at least I’m no longer embarrassed to be seen with my parents.
Scarborough Fair Decadence Dark Espresso Chocolate
Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley chocolate rosemary and… a really unoriginal start to this review. I’m sorry. I should be trying harder. Maybe if I’d started singing about lampposts feeling groovy, and then relied on your intelligence to take you from that Simon and Garfunkel song to Scarborough Fair?
Or maybe I should simply stop typing every single thing my wonky tired brain thinks.
The texture was dry and slow to melt, but the flavour developed nicely into strong black coffee mixed with, well, chocolate. There were some lingering notes of vanilla custard, Kahlua, and (don’t laugh) custard apple. Yes, custard apple. Leave me alone.
A big thank you to Vaala for sending me the Scarborough Fair chocolate, Vicky for the Alprose deliciousness, and Canberra Airport for the Darrell Lea chocolate. Which, in truth, it should have given me for free, on account of the whole destroying-my-work-trip-with-fog-and-cancelled-flights thing.
Question Time: What’s your favourite Simon and Garfunkel song? Or, for you kiddlywinks out there, your favourite Justin Bieber song**?
** Psyche. If you have an honest answer to that, then you and I are going to have words.