Do you ever have those moments when something inside your mind clicks into place, and the world suddenly makes sense in a way it didn’t before?
Maybe you’re in university, and you’ve been struggling to tie together the theories of Bourdieu, Veblen, and Baudrillard. Then, at 1am over a bowl of cereal, you unwind the knot that is cultural capital, conspicuous consumption, and hyperreality.
Maybe you’re doing a jigsaw puzzle with a friend, and one of you cries “aha!” upon finding the final missing edge piece. Maybe you like interior decorating and, in a wacky antique store, you chance across the perfect vintage tablecloth to complete your home’s look. (Can that happen? Are tablecloths that powerful?)
Or maybe you’re me and, after several afternoons every week (for months) spent waiting at a certain intersection for a streetcar, you realise with an almighty giggle of laughter that the recorded voice coming from the traffic lights is not, in fact, saying “Walk like a dog for your crossing”, but “Walk light is on for all crossings”.
But you’re still going to imagine all the ways that different breeds of dogs could prance around Dundas Square, anyway.
Lindt Excellence 90% Cacao
This Lindt Excellence 90% Cacao dark chocolate bar is, in my heart, exactly what it says on the package: supreme. I first reviewed this chocolate (please excuse the terrible photos) three years ago, and I love it as much now as I did then.
My tasting notes this time moved slightly beyond noting earthiness, cookies, and vanilla. I also picked up on nuttiness (walnuts in particular), a hint of vodka, and the deep true intensity of rich cocoa powder and smooth cacao butter. I love.
Lindt Excellence White Coconut
In my tasting notes for this Lindt Excellence White Chocolate with Coconut Flakes bar, I jotted down the ingredients and, upon copying out the words “artificial flavour”, added in capitals letters “BETTER NOT BE THAT HORRID FAKE COCONUT ESSENCE AGAIN”. I was, of course, referring to the disappointment of the Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate Coconut Intense.
The aroma indicated a potentially nice flavour to come, as I found myself thinking of coconut buttercream frosting, strong vanilla, Kinder Surprises, and Bounty bars. The bite was a lovely blend of buttery softness and crispity-crisp coconut, and the white chocolate was strong in sweet cream dairy notes. However, Lindt unfortunately did choose to mar the natural sweet flavour of coconut by adding in an extra dose of fake coconut flavouring. Ugh. Why doesn’t Lindt trust its audience to appreciate natural flavours? Why must it destroy its coconut confections with an artificial ingredient that tastes like sunscreen?
I don’t love.
I’m going to have to cheer myself up by imagining the different struts of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Irish Wolfhounds now.