There is so much shimmering happiness in my life at present that I can’t yet even start squeezing it into typed words. Not only do I have more tales from SoCal and #VVC2013 to share, I also spent last week with the magnificent Alayna and, right now, am perched at Gena’s table in Washington, DC wearing a borrowed pair of so-comfortable-I-may-never-give-them-back pyjamas, drinking a matcha latte made with hemp/rice/quinoa milk, feeling simply beyond.
So let’s talk chocolate.
Talento Milk Chocolate with Brazil Nuts
This Talento Milk Chocolate with Brazil Nuts marked not only my first experience tasting Brazil nuts in chocolate, but also my first taste of Brazilian chocolate. The block was an unexpected gift from Maíra upon her return to Toronto, and my heart received it with glee.
The aroma of the milk chocolate put me in mind of Cadbury with its sugar-forward sweetness, but there was also a hint of sweetened condensed milk to it.
As I took my first bite, though, I knew that Talento was going to far trump Cadbury. The chocolate was firm to the tooth, and the nubbins of Brazil nuts so plentiful that they contributed both a unique buttery-savoury flavour and great textural contrast, too.
The overall flavour had notes of vanilla milkshakes and Bulla ice cream, but also something a little resiny, a slight tannin and herbalness. This, of course, makes no sense within the framework of milk chocolate and Brazil nuts, but it was tasty and moreish nonetheless.
If this is the standard for baseline Brazilian milk chocolate, then I want more.
Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups
You would think, seeing as the oh-so-generous Shen sent me four entire packets of them, that I’d have taken photos of the actual gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups by Go Max Go, and not just the blue wrappers.
Alas, no. These confections became so deliciously melty-squoodgy-not-quite-the-salty-kick-of-Reese’s-but-incredible-in-their-rich-smooth-natural-peanut-buttery-filling-goodness-and-oh-hey-there-thick-rice-milk-chocolate-coating as soon as the weather warmed up in Toronto that I found myself gobbling them down quicker than a dolphin on a tricycle*, and so all I have to say to you is: gooooooooood.
* Made that up.
Milka Joghurt/Yogurt Milk Chocolate
Last but not least (for today’s chocolatepalooza, at least), we have Milka’s milk chocolate with yoghurt filling, which Carolyn bought for me during a grocery store adventure in SoCal. I remember enjoying Ritter’s yoghurt chocolate bar, so was excited to dive into this one.
Aroma: WOAH tang cardboard candle what? Tangy like vanilla yoghurt, the kind from little plastic tubes for lunchboxes, the kind my friends had in primary school and I didn’t. Taste: soft WOAH so creamy inside… mild, silky-oily, I think Ritter was tangier? This is more like, again, a mild marketed-at-kids vanilla yoghurt. Also it is melting because it is very warm here in Orange Country HOLLA SUMMER yeah I’ll take this.