If you like chilli chocolate, dark chocolate, raw chocolate, vegan chocolate, Australian chocolate, herb-infused chocolate, or chocolate sprinkled with sea salt, then today’s chocolate review is for you. If you don’t, then feel free to toddle off to look at some Raw Vegan Mini Huckleberry Cheesecakes or Red Lentil Dal with Cranberries.
Is it only we chocolate lovers remaining here now? Fantastic. We’re in for a treat; Loving Earth’s raw chocolate and Seat on Fire’s creative chocolate are wonderful. ‘Course, what that really means is that I had treats and you get to read my thoughts about eating treats, but that’s almost like being in for a treat yourself, right?
Loving Earth Mild Chilli Raw Dark Chocolate
My brilliant brother sent me today’s chocolates from Australia for my Christmas present last year. Loving Earth is a Melbourne-based company that specialises in organic, fairly-traded, raw, and superfood ingredients and products, ranging from raw olives and chocolate coconut butter to caramelized buckwheat granola, kale chips, and raw chocolate bars.
I want everything they sell and make (except for the orange & gubinge dark chocolate, because, well, devilfruit).
Loving Earth Mild Chilli Raw Dark Chocolate is made from nothing more than organic raw cacao nibs, organic evaporated coconut nectar, organic raw cacao butter, and organic chili powder. My bar was weighty, dark-black-brown, and had a pretty good firm snap for raw chocolate, with just a little graininess once nibbled.
And once nibbled? Hoooooly hot. Hotty McHotHot burning spice heat glorious burning tickling my throat glorious spiciness. I almost coughed, and I have a high tolerance for chilli.
The chocolate itself is dusky and a bit fruity. Admittedly, it’s not the richest chocolate out there, but it hints at pineapple, vanilla, and the chocolate powder-dusted froth of a cappuccino before the chilli intensity rushes in.
If this is what Loving Earth calls “mild”, then I need to get my hands on whatever they think is truly spicy. Bring it.
SeatonFire Wild Rosemary Sea Salt Chilli Chocolate
Let us for a moment glory in the beauty of SeatonFire’s Wild Rosemary Sea Salt Chilli Chocolate packaging with its flaming chilli cut-out. Glory glory.
I was giddily excited about this chocolate, for a favourite (no longer available, sob) chocolate bar of mine is/was The Curious Chocolatier’s Dark Chocolate with Apricot and Rosemary. I adore the use of intense and typically-savoury herbs in chocolate, plus salt with chocolate is usually a guaranteed winner.
Let us for a moment glory in the beauty of SeatonFire’s chocolate with its popping green real dried rosemary and sparkling sea salt flakes.
(Okay, I just realised that the reason this aroma reminds me of summer and Christmas is because my parents have a rosemary bush that is constantly threatening to take over the world, and it is often heady with fragrance during Australia’s summer Christmastime.)
I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that salt, chilli, and rosemary are too much, too many, too strong for a single chocolate bar. But it works. It really does. The first thing you notice is a flicker of salt and vanilla, then the rosemary comes through in a pine-y, herbal, deep and wonderful way as the smooth fudgy sweet chocolate hot chocolate hot chocolate melts in your mouth, and lastly sneaking in through the forests and spice and sweet is a growing chilli burn that flames in your throat with just. so. much. goodness. so. much.
I’m going to need a moment alone with the rest of this chocolate.