Of course, when I say “come to you”, what I really mean is that they came to me, because let’s be honest: while you might be presently reading about these chocolates*, I’m the one who got to enjoy tasting them.
And oh, the enjoyment.
Ethiquable Chocolat Noir Café Cardamome / Dark Chocolate with Coffee and Cardamom
Adding a dash of ground cardamom to my coffee as it brews has long been one of my ways of creating excitement on a dull morning (what can I say? I’m a wild child. Watch out, world!), so I was thrilled to find Ethiquable’s 68% dark chocolate with coffee and cardamom in my package from Antwerp-via-Emma. Ethiquable Chocolate is certified fairtrade and organic, with the cacao and coffee beans in this bar coming from the CEPICAFÉ and CEPROAA cooperatives in Peru.
If you can read French (hi Camille!), then you can find out more here. However, my high school French is limited to such phrases as “J’adore les chameaux”, so I’m going to step right on over to the chocolate review part of this post.
The aroma of this chocolate had strong spice notes, but I’d hesitate to proclaim that the cardamom was definitive. I do love me some spice, though, so the aroma was certainly appealing. I took a bite, and from the first crisp snap tasted vanilla, sweet caramel, and then whizzbang! cardamom! there you are!
The coffee wasn’t overpowering; in fact, it contributed more smokiness than true coffee intensity. The flavour of the Café Cardamome bar swirled with dark smoky butterscotch notes, toasted pralines, molasses, and an ebbing undercurrent of cardamom.
Ethiquable Chocolat Noir Badiane Sesame / Dark Chocolate with Sesame and Star Anise
Following on from the success of Ethiquable’s coffee and cardamom dark chocolate, I felt confident that its 64% dark chocolate with sesame seeds and star anise would be equally, if not more, delicious.
Unlike the aromatic ambiguity of the first chocolate, this Chocolate Noir Badiane Sesame sent forth a strong scent of star anise. The taste was equally forthcoming in intense herbal anise notes, with the crisp-fresh-crunchy interludes of sesame providing a fun respite from the rich intensity of the dark chocolate and star anise flavours.
The chocolate itself was quite sweet, with flavours of toffee, pears, and caster sugar balancing the smoky woodsy nutty incense-and-antique-store-esque seductive gorgeousness of the sesame and star anise.
Dear Emma: please come visit me in Canada soon so I can thank you for these wonderful chocolates in person. Love, Hannah.
* Unless you’re my grandma, because she’s told me many times that she doesn’t read my chocolate posts. Fair enough, I say. It’s not like I’d ever be interested in reading about, say, the mechanical intricacies of a lawn mower^.
^ My grandma doesn’t write about lawn mowers, by the by. However, she does edit dictionaries, which is awesome. No, I really mean that. She knows All The Words.