Raise your hand if you’ve started randomly crying while crisping waffles in the toaster oven this week.
Or maybe you’ve hidden in the bathroom at work to cry? Twice? Maybe three times?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Sometimes I miss my family so much that it feels like the edges of me are feathering away. Most of the time, when these feelings hit, I lift my head and remind myself that I chose this expat life, that I love this expat life, and slowly the waves recede.
But sometimes all I can do is cry in the work bathroom before walking home with the hood of my winter jacket pulled low over my face to eat more of the chocolate my brother sent from Australia.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Gum Leaf and Wild Honey Milk Chocolate
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s Valley Bush Tucker Milk Chocolate with Gum Leaf and Wild Honey was both the best and worst thing for me to eat while missing home, for its eucalyptus flavour tasted so much like childhood that, when I closed my eyes, I could almost believe I was back at my primary school, age ten, sucking on eucalyptus lollies from the canteen before playing What’s The Time Mr Wolf? and choreographing dance routines to The Spice Girls with Karly and Danielle.
I also just remembered that I made an entire scrapbook devoted to The Spice Girls in my tweens. And another to Dawson’s Creek. Also Green Day and The Living End.
Oh, the 90s.
To you, this chocolate might taste like sweet cocoa, vanilla, eucalytpus and a whisper of honey.
To me, it tasted like giving the kindergartners piggyback rides at recess and never ever winning Hats Lotto at lunchtime and school sleepovers (including the Indonesian-themed one in grade four and the one in grade five where the boys chased us all through the corridors at midnight) and climbing the wooden pyramid playground equipment that probably wasn’t very safe and rolling down the hills and laughing and…
This is definitely one of my favourite Yarra Valley chocolates.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Roasted Wattleseed and Forestberry Milk Chocolate
1. I brought a packet of wattleseed with me from Australia to bake with in North America, but I have no idea where it went and therefore have done no such baking.
2. I had a wattleseed cappuccino on my second date with my first boyfriend at My Cafe in Manuka years and years ago, and I remember that it tasted nutty and delicious and that his car smelled like pine air freshener.
This Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Roasted Wattleseed and Forestberry Milk Chocolate had melted and reformed by the time it reached me, so the texture was a little softer and squidgier than perhaps it should have been.
However, the chocolate was jam-packed with tiny crunchy wattleseeds which, combined with the forestberry, created a flavour that was somehow nutty and tamarillo-esque fruity all at once, making me think of the smell of the earth after rain, and perhaps a little bit of raspberry and mastic.
However, what I really want more of is the eucalyptus chocolate, please. I feel a Spice Girls dace party coming on.