Oh, what’s this? More chocolate with wacky and amazing Australian bush tucker ingredients and flavours? Why yes! Yes, that is this! This is that! Over here! Right here! Where you’re looking! More chocolate! Yes indeed!
I am so very, very tired right now.
It turns out that spending the last few months working full-time plus taking on a constant stream of freelance work on evenings and weekends plus lengthy commuting plus carving out time for socialising (because the soul needs friends and gigglefits) plus staying in touch with people all over the world plus being there for family (even if only by Skype) plus cooking and grocery shopping and Christmas-present finding and dancing and cleaning and all the things, all the life things, can be rather exhausting.
But at least we’re in this crazy-busy-hectic-madcap-laugh-laugh-laugh-because-we-must life together, right? And there’s always chocolate. Chocolate that I am eating right now, because I’ve got a Christmas party in an hour and We Must Rally. We Really Must Rally For The Party.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Bush Tomato and Jindilli Nuts Milk Chocolate
Did you know that “jindilli nuts” were a thing? I didn’t. Now that I do, I find myself pondering whether I could call my first-born Jindilli. Probably not. Naming a child after a nut likely wouldn’t bode well for playground teasing. There aren’t many Pistachio Smiths or Cashew Nicodemous on the jungle gym right now, after all.
Did I mention I was really tired?
This Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Bush Tomato and Jindilli Nut Milk Chocolate bar broke into shards marked by extremely large roasted jindilli nuts which, um, I’ve just discovered via The Almighty Google are actually macadamia nuts.
I breathed in the aroma of this chocolate and found myself staring agog at the world around me, for the aroma reminded me of Doritos. For real, Doritos. Like really. For real. Did I mention I was tired? The texture was a bit gritty, and the flavour quite savoury. The bush tomato spice used in the chocolate created notes of tangy savoury brightness and, somehow, oregano. Oregano? THIS IS THE MOST CONFUSING CHOCOLATE I’VE EVER EATEN I’m so tired.
The nuts were gorgeously fresh, buttery, and strongly nutty (“the nuts were nutty”… go Hannah), but my mind couldn’t get past the whispers of Doritos that snuck through the lightly sweet chocolate.
I don’t know how to feel about this chocolate. It was astonishing, fascinating and fun… but I’m not entirely sure it was delicious. I may need to eat another bar to be certain.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Wild Lemon Myrtle Dark Chocolate
But here’s a photo of one of the other dark chocolates! Aw lookee the footprints!
This bar was perhaps the simplest of the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie Bush Tucker Pack line-up, as the dark chocolate was blended with nothing more than 5.3% lemon myrtle (a herb which I have, in years past, used often in marinades and spice mixes). The aroma reminded my strongly of lemongrass tea, which made me think of Sunday morning catch-ups with my lovely friend Fi in Canberra.
And the taste? The taste encapsulated lemongrass tea with a hint of anise, all swept up in sweet silky vanilla-and-marshmallow-tinted dark chocolate. This may have been the least complex chocolate of the bunch, but it was lovely in its straight-forward lemon myrtle herbal chocolate-y sweetness.