So I was looking through my chocolate collection and realised that it’s just looking decidedly barren (nudge Geert, I know you’re reading this :p) and then came my latest order from Domori and tucked at the bottom of the box, covered by filling was this grey bag. I had forgotten my conversation with Simone about the donkey chocolate. I read Cioccolato al Latte d’Asina a few times and it didn’t twig what it was. St Frances came to mind and then I remembered the donkey chatter and couldn’t wait to tuck into it.
Of course Domori’s chocolates are piccolo. 25g just seems nothing. But we’re not talking mass-market chocolate here. Their 100% Criollo is perhaps the best chocolate of this ilk I’ve ever tried. And there are countless Domori origins that are stand out chocolates. But how can a Donkey milk chocolate stand up to their others? Even if it made with Criollo, I assume it’s from their Hacienda San Jose estate in Venezuela; can it still avoid the gimmicky chocolate context? I do think so. But it’s strange, very strange.
I generally don’t get on too well with milk chocolate; it’s just not my thing, even at 45% I’m being pushed to my limits. But as the Donkey milk chocolate has an edge that I find quite compelling. The nose offers nothing unique or indicative that this is a fairly unique chocolate. If anything the aroma is partially reminiscent of vanilla. The texture is, as you would expect from Domori: sublime. The melt is short but sweet but it’s the flavour that piques my interest.
The flavour isn’t as ‘left field’ as the Grandiflorum but there is certainly a different hue. Having never experienced donkey milk before, I don’t have anything to compare it to. But what I can tell is that the milk element to the flavour profile is much longer than cow’s milk. It also appears, if you’re able to differentiate between that and the other flavours, much more sweet than I would have expected. It is pleasant, and if I hadn’t known it was donkey’s milk, I might have preferred it more.
As you can see above, the finish isn’t up to Domori’s usual standard with the bubbles. I have no idea if the pre-set form of this type of chocolate is any different than normal, but I would have expected a better finish.
After doing some research I find out that it’s ‘considered to be the closest to woman’s milk‘ which does worry me. But then I read that ‘donkey milk can help children with milk allergies‘. Seeing that I have a child, and any parent will realise, you’re always absolutely paranoid about their diet, this could actually be a good thing. I’ll be getting stocking this in my chocolate shop in the future, but at present, I don’t know what the price will be. But if any of you don’t get on too well with cow’s milk but love milk chocolate, this could really be your thing. If you sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of my shop’s homepage, I’ll let you know when it’s available.
I wouldn’t put this chocolate at the top of either of my milk chocolate or Domori list, but it’s always nice to try something new.