After eating my weight in chocolate truffles recently I wanted to go ‘back to basics’ – but with a twist. So out of my chocolate collection I found this 70% dark chocolate bar which is enhanced with Columbian Coffee beans to give it one heck of a kick.
I react badly to caffine so am reviewing this during the day so I wont spend the small hours buzzing with the after-effects of the caffine that just dominates every mouthfull.
Normally I don’t like coffee-flavoured chocolate. But that’s because its usually found in a mild form in milk chocolate and because I’m scarred with the coffee chocolates in the Cadbury Roses. Thankfully this dark chocolate bar is rich and full of expresso flavours which make the flavours robust and delightful. I just love it.
When you first open the packet you are knocked out by the rich coffee aroma which is all-pervasive and serves to entice you into the bar.
When you do get up close and personal with it you’ll notice the bar has a very ‘thin’ crack as you prepare the right-sized piece to enjoy. The bar may be weak in terms of thickness, but it packs one heck of a beautiful punch. This karate chop is completely effecient, it doesn’t waste any energy on any other sensation or flavour, but just gives you a one-dimentional expresso flavour which ‘does exactly what it says on the tin. There’s no complex flavours, just the transition of the coffee flavour from intense to a soft, post-coitus glow.
This bar is a must try if you’re ever passing the Artisan du Chocolat shops or if you’re buying from them online anyway.