What you want most after the Christmas period and its associated feasting is to read about chocolate, right? Lots of chocolate? Rich, sweet, dark, milk, candy-studded, curl-up-on-the-couch-with-your-new-book-a-cup-of-tea-and-this chocolate, right?
I thought so. Me too. Not for us the languid cries of “oil-free salads! master cleanse! no sugar for a week!” No, you and I, we’re beyond that. We see the sugar drifting away as others proclaim that they simply. cannot. eat. another. bite. of. pudding, and we reach out with delighted hands for just a little bit more. As always, I’ve got your (chocolate) back.
Zazubean Cheeky Dark Chocolate With Salted Toffee, Banana, and Maca
Be the sassy banana. Go on. BE THE SASSY BANANA.
What does that even mean? Is this a Canadian thing? I don’t know how to be a sassy banana. What does being a sassy banana entail? Is this why I’m single? I don’t understand any of this. It troubles my soul.
Zazubean Organic Chocolate is a Canadian chocolate company that produces “dark, organic, fair-trade chocolate for PMS, anxiety, energy, sexual stamina, and more”. Make of that what you will.
I was impressed with the plethora of freeze-dried banana and salted toffee bits mixed through this Zazubean 70% dark chocolate bar. The aroma wasn’t noticeably banana-y or toffee-y, but there was something a little complex hiding in the notes of vanilla sweetness.
The flavour was rich with a nice depth of darkness, and the maca contributed an interesting smoky woodsy flavour. The chocolate itself had a red-fruit tang, and the toffee was crisp albeit not strong in caramel or salt notes. Despite being able to see a great many pillows of freeze-dried banana, only rarely was I able to taste anything reminiscent of banana.
I enjoyed this chocolate, but I wanted more from it. More toffee flavours, more banana notes, more smoky maca. And I still want to know how to be a sassy banana.
Chip’n Dipped Chocolatier Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
We know how I feel about chocolate peanut butter cups. Thus it should come as no surprise that I couldn’t resist this Chip’n Dipped Chocolatier bar when I spotted it in New York’s Union Square Whole Foods store. “A mini peanut butter cup in every bite?” Oh yes.
Except, well, NOT ENOUGH. Not enough mini peanut butter cups. The mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups were studded on the back of the bar rather than mixed through, which meant the bulk of the bar was plain milk chocolate. Thankfully, the milk chocolate wasn’t overly cloying in its sweetness, though it was certainly sugary. The chocolate had pleasant enough caramel, custard, and malt flavours that worked well with the mini peanut butter cups.
The mini chocolate peanut butter cups were lovely. The peanut butter filling was much smoother than is found in a Reese’s cup, but Chip’n Dipped’s cups had a similar slight salt kick, and this brought out the peanut flavour.
Chip’n Dipped Chocolatier is based in Huntington, New York, and produces a variety of handmade chocolate bars and cookies. Although this particular chocolate bar was a bit too sweet for me, I’d definitely give the dark chocolate cinnamon graham or dark chocolate wasabi almond bars a try if given half a chance.