Last week’s warning about the very hot chilli chocolate has turned into a hearty recommendation. I’ve had a stuffy head this week, the sort that feels like heavy cement when you bend to pick something up. I had a few pieces of Ramon’s Carolina Reaper, steadied myself for the ride and, boof, better than any pharmaceutical decongestant.
When a chocolate is called Duck Shit Dancong, as Fossa’s is, £8.95/50g, I have to taste it for you, don’t I? Beautiful wrapper btw. Ya Shi Xiang – Duck Shit – is an Oolong tea, so named, apparently, because the farmer who originally grew it wanted to hide his delicious tea and so called it something disgusting. It’s very floral with an acceptable astringent-tea aftertaste. I think if you love tea and you love chocolate, you’ll really like this. It’s definitely a bar to savour and not scoff, and it’s billed as a dark milk, but I didn’t really get that, it feels like a dark chocolate to me.
I mentioned Island chocolate buttons a few weeks ago and this week I also tried their Cocoa & Hazelnut Spread, £10/300g, which is so yummy. It’s super runny, so be careful, but very tasty (over 50% of it is hazelnuts). It’s perfect on pancakes, because why can’t you have a pancake day once a month?
Cocoa Amore’s 65% Tumaco Colombia bar, £2.25/30g, was delicious. By the time I’d got to it on a Tuesday afternoon I’d tested so much chocolate my palate was really jaded and my heartbeat on an unfettered gallop. Yet still, I found it quite hard to stop eating. It’s the sort of dark bar that feels like a real treat.
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