As you may have noticed, my blog looks radically different today compared to how it appeared yesterday. I’d like to pretend this is because I put on my wizard hat and shouted “abracadabra!” at the screen whilst exploding a party popper over my laptop, but alas! such was not the case. My blog was, in the words of the Bluehost support team, “severely hacked”, and no amount of backup restoration could bring my blog back exactly as it was.
One site transferal and a great deal of time reinstalling plugins later, here we are. The timing isn’t even too shoddy, really, as I’ve been working on a blog redesign anyway. Long story short, please forgive any glitches that may arise as a consequence of yesterday’s hacking debacle, and rest assured a truly new-look Wayfaring Chocolate is on its way.
Until then, chocolate.
Recchiuti Sesame Nougatine Dark Milk Chocolate
Michael Recchiuti is a San Francisco-based chocolatier, but I picked up this Recchiuti Sesame Nougatine Dark Milk Chocolate bar in Washington, DC last year. As a devotee of all things sesame, I couldn’t resist this “dark milk chocolate with sesame nougatine and fleur de sel”. It’s a bit like how I can’t resist smiling when someone correctly uses a semi-colon on Facebook or Twitter, but that’s not really the point of today’s discussion.
I loved the look of this chocolate from the get-go; its oddly-shaped embossed squares, burnished red-brown colour, and jam-packed-with-caramelised-sesame-seeds nature sang to my soul. The sesame seeds shone through the chocolate like so many constellations of stars in the sky, except edible. And scrumptious.
The aroma had notes of caramel, praline, and toffee, and from the first bite I was swept away by sweetness and the crispity-crackly-crunch of toasted salted sesame seeds. The chocolate was silky and fudgy, melting quickly in waves of dulce de leche and caramel flavours which, in turn, mingled with the sweet yet deep notes of the dark milk chocolate.
For all its sugary caramel tones, Recchiuti’s Sesame Nougatine Dark Milk Chocolate was neither cloying nor sickly, as the rich toasted notes of the sesame seeds and occasional flurries of fleur de sel kept the sweetness in check.
I would most certainly buy this again. There ain’t not hackers in the world capable of ruining my love of chocolate.