While I love collecting boxes, I don’t usually get many tins from chocolate – it’s usually mints that come in tins. However, I took a closer look at this yellow-toned tin just in case, and lo and behold, the label told me there were in fact milk chocolate leaves inside. A pretty tin, chocolate, and something related to trees means three of my favorite things all coming together.
The design for this tin comes with a historical setting. The Amatller family began making chocolates in Spain all the way back in 1797. Around the turn from the 19th century to the 20th, Antoni Amatller started sponsoring arts and culture; he also had artists design posters and cards to promote the company. The picture on this tin is from a poster, designed by Alphonse M. Mucha, for the 100th Anniversary in 1900. In 1972, Amatller joined with another family company, Chocolates Simón Coll.
After admiring the tin and imagining what the chocolate leaves must look like, I was a little disappointed by the reality of their appearance. While I had pictured oval leaves, these are more circle-like, and the veins have a disappointing, impersonal look. However, they are a nice shape and size, roughly around that of a medium to large coin, to eat.
The flavor puts in mind the El Rey Caoba I looked at a couple of years ago–perhaps, then, this chocolate is also of Venezuelan origin? While that bar was a 41% cacao solids, this one is lower down at 32%, yet certain of my comments still apply. There is a flavor that reminds me of Hershey’s, yet this chocolate has more clarity, is not quite so sweet, and melts slower. It fits the expression of the picture that drew me in: light, soft, yellow/caramel, and even artsy.
Plus, the small leaves are all too easy to keep on eating, one by one.