It feels remiss of me to have let Easter pass without talking about chocolate, but then again I’ve never been very good at scheduling my blog to reflect holidays in a timely manner. I’m the kind of person who tells you my ideas for Christmas treats in January, after all.
Also, chocolate is an every-gorgeous-day part of the food pyramid for me. Also, I’m rambling a little bit. Also, because the more I write the less I think about other things. Also, the less I start crying. Also, also, also. Anyway. Chocolatepalooza, anyone?
Chocolove Almonds and Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate
This chocolate was one of the very first I reviewed on my blog, but judging by the tiny and non-gooderest photos in that post, I thought it’d be worth giving a quick shout-out to this chocolate again. And a shout-out to the lovely Casey, who generously sent it to me.
I love this chocolate. It’s sweet but not too sweet, with the 55% cocoa content balanced by the buttery roasted almonds and the gentle-yet-ever-present salt. The chocolate itself has notes of muscovado sugar and caramelised pineapple, while the salt and almonds lead to thoughts of butter toffee, crème brulee (with its burnt sugar top), and almond brittle. Very easy to eat in large, large quantities.
Koko Black Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans
I was given these Koko Black Dark Chocolate Coffee Beans by a friend who knew I love coffee and chocolate. I must admit, though, that even before tasting these hyper-caffeinated creations I was drawn in by the gorgeous little bird drawn on the package.
I mean, apart from the fact that I first thought Koko Black had labelled this bird a “nipple feeder”. That somewhat terrified me.
These coffee beans weren’t just any ol’ coffee beans; they were “Kenyan peaberry coffee beans enrobed in 54% dark chocolate”. I wish I could give you detailed tasting notes for the peaberry goodness, but alas! I ate a large handful at work immediately after my 11am flagon of double-shot black black coffee, and am sorry to say that all I can remember is that I starting buzzing (literally; I was making bizarre humming noises in my office), nodded wildly throughout all conversations for a good hour, and found the light in my office very very bright.
Note to self: too much caffeine does not a calm Hannah make.
Artisan du Chocolat 70% Black Cardamom Dark Chocolate
The third and final installment in today’s chocolatepalooza came to me courtesy of Agnes, whom I HAVE NOT SEEN ENOUGH OF in the past year. Agnes, we need to fix that. The end.
Or not the end, because there’s chocolate to talk about.
The aroma of this Artisan du Chocolat 70% Black Cardamom Dark Chocolate (direct from London, because Agnes is fancy like that) was quite fruity and citrusy, with lemon zest and an overall tanginess coming forht more strongly than any scent of cardamom.
Taking a bite, though, showed that the cardamom was present in a lovely, subtle, warm, pervasive way. The chocolate had lovely cream and coffee notes and a slow, silky-fudge melt. As a big fan of cardamom in sweet things, I loved its spicy warmth in this chocolate. You know what that means, don’t you? I need to head back to London. Yep.
Question Time: Do you have any favourite bars by any of these three chocolate makers? I’m always on the hunt for recommendations.