Several months ago, I received a lovely parcel of chocolate all the way from Germany. As I carefully opened up the padded envelope and did a happy heart-dance over the two marzipan chocolates and two Vivani chocolate bars hiding within, I paused to think about how generous it was of Kath – my dear thesis-conquering, inner-strength-finding, piano-maestro friend – to take the time to find and send me such sweetness. (And yes, just to be super-duper-diamond-crystal-sparkling-clear, by “sweetness” I mean both the sweetness of the chocolate and the sweetness of Kath’s thoughtfulness.)
Thank you, Kath. I truly appreciate your support for my sweet tooth, particularly in light of the fact that you’re a savoury girl yourself. I hope that, one day, we’ll finally be able to have dinner and play a piano duet together.
I’m definitely going to have to practice a bit more before that day comes, though.
Vivani 70% Cacao Feine Bitter Grüntee Mango, aka 70% Dark Chocolate with Organic Green Tea and Mango
I’ve only reviewed one other Vivani chocolate on this blog, so I was more than a little bit excited to try this 70% dark chocolate flavoured with green tea and mango. Now, I may not be as utterly devoted to mango as 98% of my fellow Australians are (hi Mum!), but I’m a sucker for any chocolate that has been pepped up with interesting flavours (hi Zotter!).
Upon unwrapping this Vivani dark chocolate and taking in its appealingly dark and glossy appearance, I was pleasantly surprised by its deep and forthright chocolate-y aroma tinted with tangy apricot and tannin notes. I’d be lying if I said that there was a noticeable mango aroma to this chocolate, so I won’t say it.
I don’t like lying.
My first bite of this chocolate brought forth one clear thought in my mind: BITSY! BITSY BITSY! (That’s direct from my tasting notes, in case you were wondering.) The mango pieces and green tea in this chocolate may comprise only 6% and 2% respectively of the total ingredients, but by golly do they make themselves known texturally.
For some people, the tiny crispy-crispity-crackly-like-autumn-leaves texture of the tea leaves and mango pieces may be unwelcome. In my opinion, however, the textural contrast made the eating all the more fun.
The flavour of the chocolate itself was (almost) right up my alley, marked as it was with notes of clotted cream, earth, and even wet leaves (in a lovely way [don’t judge me]). I wasn’t the hugest fan of the tangy twist that came with the chocolate’s finish, but that’s because I’ve never been keen on sour red fruit notes in my chocolate.
The mango flavour wasn’t overly strong, and I found myself thinking more of lime and pineapple as the chocolate dissolved on my tongue. The green tea contributed the subtle tannin aspect as well as a light and grassy matcha flavour.
This Vivani dark chocolate melted with a welcome fudginess, and I found myself growing to like how its deep cocoa flavours blended with the tea and subtle fruitiness more and more with each consecutive square that I popped into my mouth.
Sadly, though (as is the case with all chocolate), eventually the whole block was gone and all I was left with was the memory of richness and the happiness that Kath’s kindness created in my heart.
Come to think of it, that’s a pretty great way to end a night. Wouldn’t you agree?
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