Another Christmas present! This time from Paola.
First things first though. Paola mentioned she bought this bar from Little Green Men, an online chilli store, but also that she had extremely poor customer service from them. As such, I have to recommend you go direct to the maker’s web site – The Chocolate Cellar – if you want to buy one of these.
The first thing you’ll notice about this bar is the very plain packaging. A plain white cardboard box with home-made stickers… and the best before date written in biro. For me, that kind of thing gets my attention much more than fancy packaging. This is obviously handmade, and that usually means it’s either going to be really good or really bad.
So which is it?
Well luckily, we have a winner here.
Aside from the fact that my bar was broken (hardly surprising, given it’s been through the UK postal service at least twice), this is a deliciously warming bar of dark (53.5%) chocolate. Perfect for cold winter nights.
Biting into a chunk, the first flavour to hit you is the rose oil. This is the same stuff that Turkish Delight is flavoured with, and the taste is very reminiscent of a good quality Turkish.
The next flavour that hits you is the smooth, rich dark chocolate. It’s fairly sweet and complements the rose flavour perfectly.
Finally – and only when most of the chocolate has melted away in your mouth – does the chilli start to make itself known. But it’s not a strong kick, just a subtle warmth that builds in your mouth as the chocolate disappears.
In summary, a rather delicious bar with wonderful flavours. I would have no hesitation in recommending this as a first-time chilli chocolate bar. It will leave you feeling warm inside without kicking you to the floor and stamping on you like some “hot” chocolates can.
This is definitely a case of a product that speaks for itself. No fancy packaging or expensive web site. Just delicious chocolate. Perfect.