For the first time, I feel like the preparations for my gallivant are all falling into place. Have already mostly fallen into place. Are in place. Almost.
The remaining tasks are, knock on wood, manageable within my remaining in-Australia time (fingers crossed the removalists show up tomorrow), my parents and I have booked dinner for Wednesday (my last!) night at one of our favourite fancy restaurants in Canberra, I have seen and hugged many of my dear friends, I’ve bought new check-in and carry-on luggage, and booked flights and accommodation for the first half of August.
New swirly-black-and-white carry-on! And what looks to be antennae and a bauble growing from my head!
Within the first half of August, plans are afoot for so many magical moments that I’m giddy-beyond-excited. Also, I just whipped up a gorgeously vibrantly deeply pink bowlful of banana cherry soft serve with cacao nibs and vanilla, which was delicious. And ate the following dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s. Segue?
Trader Joe’s 70% Dark Chocolate Bar Caramel with Black Sea Salt
Thank heavens I’m flying to America, rather than sailing. If I were going by sea, I’d be utterly terrified of being attacked by a marlin bigger than my ship, or by a bird-winged schoolbus-turned-airplane. Trader Joe’s, were you high when you designed this chocolate package?
That aside, lookee the pretty! Pretty sparkles of just-plain sea salt and Hawaiian Black Sea Salt! According to the package, this “Exotic Hawaiian Black Sea Salt hails from the Pacific seawater that surround the Hawaiian Islands. This stunning black salt is evaporated in above ground pools that form naturally from lava flows”.
Well. Surely the ship should be being attacked by lava, not marlin, then?
It is undeniable that this 70% dark chocolate block was gorgeous, with its glossy dark shiny chocolate, sparkling salt flakes, and thick golden flowing (albeit messy) caramel.
When I took a bite, the chocolate shattered into a whisper of lace-thin rich fruity meltingness. The caramel immediately rushed forward to steal the show with a smoky, fruity, and butterscotch sweetness that was tempered, and at times overwhelmed, by the intensity of the two types of sea salt.
The black salt and sea salt did, I must admit, sometimes attack the overall flavour of this chocolate bar just as a marlin attacks a ship.
Overall, I wish I could say that this Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Caramel with Black Sea Salt bar was wonderful, but it was simply a bit too salty for my liking.
My new luggage isn’t salty, though. Just so you know.