Congratulations to Karen, the winner of my Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway! I hope your home is filled with delicious joy upon receiving the jar of goodness.
It’s happening again. I’m eating chocolate at a rate that far outstrips the number of reviews I’m writing. You know what this means, don’t you? (No, Mum, it doesn’t mean I should replace every second chocolate bar with a sandwich.)
Lindt Excellence Wasabi Dark Chocolate
As a dedicated lover of all things spicy and hot (both in terms of chocolate and life in general), I snatched up several bars of this previously-unknown-to-me Lindt Excellence Wasabi Dark Chocolate as soon as I spotted it in a Toronto drugstore.
The aroma was strongly spicy, almost pungent, though more like horseradish than wasabi. (Yes, wasabi is a type of horseradish, but you know what I mean.)
There was even a little burn in my throat by the time I’d finished half the block in one sitting. Oh yes.
Camino 55% Dark Chocolate with Almonds
Camino’s Fair Trade, organic, and vegan dark chocolate with almonds appeared in the stocking that the wonderful Teresa, Lisa’s mum, gave me at Christmas. Teresa has provided amazing support to me here in Canada (in fact, she was instrumental in providing the contacts that led to my internship), and for this I will be forever grateful.
Just as I am always grateful for gifts of vegan chocolate.
The aroma of Camino’s chocolate was headily enticing, giving notes of toffee, hot fudge sundaes, and almond croissants in Parisian patisseries. The chocolate was firm but smooth, the almonds crispy, and the overall flavour spoke of tropical fruits and pear, malt and, again, toffee.
Snickers Peanut Butter
I thought to myself: “Surely this will be enjoyable. Yes, it’s mass-market candy made from likely terrible ingredients, but it’s all about peanut butter. How can that be bad?”
After eating both squares, I thought to myself: “That was not enjoyable. My heart is the colour of sad. How can so many different components coalesce into a flavour of nothingness? Why was every aspect of this bland? Where did I go wrong in my life?”
Note to self: dipping Lindt directly into peanut butter will always be a more satisfying experience than anything from the Snickers pantheon.