As is often pointed out to me, I’m quite open about myself on this blog. However, one thing I’ve never written about is dating. Oh, dating. Dating dating dating. This past year has been filled with both semi-serious and fleeting (some of my stories are corkers, believe me) dating escapades, but I’ve so far managed to resist the urge to tap-type about them.
Suffice to say I’m still single, but not stressed about it. Life is golden, whatever happens.
I mention this today because the below chocolates were gifts from someone I was seeing at the end of last year. He was lovely, dating was lovely, the chocolate was lovely, he certainly thought I was lovely, but ultimately… look, I don’t know. Even I don’t understand myself sometimes.
Let’s just enjoy the chocolate.
Koko Black Hazelnut and Caramelised Cocoa Nib Dark Chocolate
Gorgeously presented with tiny cocoa nibs and golden hazelnuts studding one side, Koko Black’s Hazelnut and Caramelised Cocoa Nib Dark Chocolate was off to a good start when its aroma had notes of toffee, toasted marshmallows and vanilla. At only 54% cacao, the chocolate was on the sweeter end of the spectrum but, as long as you embrace the sugar, it’s rather nice.
The chocolate was rich and smooth, and tasted like chocolate icing mixed with praline-esque nibs which, in turn, crackled with woodsy-walnut-cacao flavours. The hazelnuts were fresh and crisp, and the bar overall likely to appeal to anyone who prefers a bit of fun to intense and robust flavours in their chocolate.
Koko Black St Ali Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate
Speaking of we who look for intense and robust flavours in our chocolate, Koko Black’s St Ali Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate was even more of a winner. (I swear I’m not just saying this because I had a magical brunch at St Ali with my girl Heidi earlier this year.) The chocolate used here comprised a hefty 80% cacao, but had no acrid bitterness to my mind. In fact, for a high percentage cacao bar, it was almost mellow.
There was a slightly cooling quality to this chocolate’s deepness, with cedar, smoke, clotted cream, melted butter, and brazil nut notes present. The coffee beans were crunchy-crackly and, again, not acidic in their intensity.
I might have picked seven coffee beans from this bar to eat on my way out the door to the office yesterday morning, after working at home until midnight three nights in a row and getting only four-to-five hours of sleep each night.
Sometimes, you just have to keep going. Chocolate and coffee in hand.