You’d almost start to wonder whether I’m writing about long-ago-eaten chocolate because I can’t find the words within me to describe what it’s like to be back in Cedar City again.
Well, you’d be right. It is magic, being back here. It is leaping hearts and reunion hugs and old friends and new friends and stronger friends and the witching hours and shows that tear your breath away and songs like fire and hilarious ice cream adventures and epic pizza and hot springs and all of it, all of it.
But, for now:
Cocoa Rhapsody Chilli Dark Chocolate
Cocoa Rhapsody is a Melbourne-based chocolate company that makes handcrafted 100% organic chocolate from Fairtrade beans. My brother, who lives in Melbourne himself, recently sent me three Cocoa Rhapsody blocks to try. (Each bar melted a little in Southern California’s blazing heat, but not badly enough to affect the texture of the chocolate.)
I started with the Cocoa Rhapsody Chilli Dark Chocolate, a 72% cacao chocolate with an aroma more like fruity pear than chilli.
As I took a nibble, I was immediately inundated with thoughts of toffee, rich praline, toffee again, and the crispy edges of a pan of brownies. Then slowly, slowly, a malty-toasty-fruity hint of chilli started to sneak in, accompanied by a prickle in the mouth, a prickle that built alongside notes of palm sugar and vanilla until it burned burned burned the back of the throat, prickle-burning-almost-coughing glorious chilli heat, all of which was tempered by the toffee sweetness of the Swiss couverture dark chocolate. Fantastic.
Cocoa Rhapsody Salted Lime Dark Chocolate
Lest the simple name of this chocolate deceive you, Cocoa Rhapsody’s Salted Lime chocolate bar was a heady blend of 72% dark chocolate, vanilla salt flakes, and essential lime oil. (As opposed to superfluous lime oil.)
The aroma was headily, mightily, gorgeously rich in lime swirled through cocoa. With my hopes high that the lime would be as strong in flavour as it was in aroma, I took a bite of the silky-smooth chocolate and…
High five. Deliciously tangy, the lime in this bar was intense to the point of bitterness, putting me in mind of kaffir limes. The vanilla sea salt in the bar added occasional pops of flavour that helped balance the strength of the lime oil while also, somehow, in their flickering crunchiness, highlighting the buttery-smooth texture of the chocolate itself.
I’d eat this chocolate again.
Cocoa Rhapsody Green Tea Truffle Dark Chocolate
Before we go any further, yes, the packaging of this Cocoa Rhapsody Green Tea Truffle Dark Chocolate spells the word “exquisite” incorrectly. Yes, this was enough to make me twitch and consider immediately throwing the bar away, but then I got off my high horse and remembered that spelling is not synonymous with chocolate quality.
Unlike the other chocolates reviewed today, this dark chocolate with green tea truffle filling was not vegan. However, it was delicious. The filling was brightly green and the bar’s aroma evocative of quality matcha, sending me back to my 2006 travels around Japan.
I took a bite, and penned: grassy, green tea, liqueur (there’s champagne in the ingredient list), soft soft creamy soft, sweet sweet, shards of dark chocolate melting fudgily, texture and flavour like Japan’s Meltykiss candies, buttery creamy, creamy near-fruity matcha gorgeous silky smooth sweet melting wait a second wait a second now, where has the chocolate gone?
And that is the story of how I ate an entire bar of green tea truffle dark chocolate in a very small amount of time.