First and foremost, a shout-out of gratitude and excitement to two wonderful ladies, who have each brought me inexplicable happiness by posting about adventures inspired by this lil’ old blog. I would never have dreamed of finding such camaraderie after less than two months of blogging, and I’m utterly chuffed.
Surely all I have to do now is sit back and wait for another incredibly clever blogger (who, unlike the current me, has ample access to a kitchen) to come up with a chocolate-chili-lime pudding, as inspired by today’s chocolate?
B.T. McElrath Chile Limón Bar
While rifling through my ever-growing chocolate stash yesterday, I realised that I needed a break from salted flavours. Taste fatigue? Subconscious fear of hypertension? I may never know, yet what I do know is my hand picked a winner when it landed on this bar by B.T. McElrath. Described as “[d]ark and milk chocolates infused with chilies and lime”, this Chile Limón bar is visually stunning. Comprised of ten squares, the front showcases milk chocolate with splodges of dark while the back integrates the dark into the milk via a swirling pattern.
My first impression upon tasting this chocolate was of a pleasantly milky sweetness overlaid with hints of hazelnut praline… and then KAPOW, whizz-bang, and other such comic strip terminology, the chili kicked in at the back of my throat. No sooner had I registered this much-welcomed heat than the tang of lime whooshed through my mouth, lingering on my palate with the chili long after the chocolate itself had dissipated.
To elaborate, the chili’s effect is a strong heat at the back of the throat rather than a burning on the tongue. The lime flavour is (thankfully) not reminiscent of lime peel but lime juice, so that instead of a citrusy bitterness we get the zip and zing of a key lime pie or a lemon and lime delicious (I make a mean lemon delicious, for the record).
With each subsequent square of this chocolate, my mind jumped from ooh-sweet to mmm-lime-tangy to hurrah-heat! I was slightly surprised at how consistently well the combination of chili and lime worked here, both in the sweet milk chocolate sections and the more muted dark chocolate areas.
I now can’t wait to try the other B.T. McElrath bar currently hiding in my suitcase, although it is, I must admit, a salted toffee chocolate…