However, today, I had two guest reviewers, one of whom, Juliet, urged me to try Dagoba’s Lavender Blueberry and then their milk chocolate.
…and with faces like these, how could I resist? Plus, they had chocolate to try!
First up was the Dagoba Lavender Blueberry, with 59% cocoa solids. When unwrapped we could detect the faintest whiff of lavender which was rather inviting.
This time, the dark chocolate did an excellent job of perfectly pairing up with tiny pieces of organic blueberry and the subtle lavender oil. Juliet’s view was, “It first just tastes like dark chocolate, then you chew it and the lavender flavour kicks in.” Carly added, “It’s a nice mild lavender taste – any more would ruin the taste of the chocolate which is very velvety on the inside.” Not bad for nine years old, are they?
Next came Dagoba’s 37% Milk Chocolate block.
Firstly, the 37% cocoa solids impressed me for a so-called organic milk chocolate bar, especially when other, larger manufacturers of milk chocolates consider 20% enough.
This bar was a revelation. Normally I find milk bars to be very sweet first with the creamy undertones emerging as the second flavour. This time however, the creaminess was decadently dominant and there wasn’t the sickly sweet factor that can sometimes put off Dark Side Dwellers. This is a puzzle to me because the first ingredient remains cane sugar, but somehow the cacao butter and milk have combined to produce something exquisitely velvety and creamy.
Carly summed it up as, “This is much creamier than the lavender. It reminds me of Cadbury’s Eight Moments.” Juliet nodded, adding that “Being slightly melted really helps the flavour of this one because I already know that it’s always better to keep chocolate in the pantry rather than the fridge.”
Their favourites? “Oh the milk, definitely”, said Carly, “But the lavender would make a nice present that’s a bit unusual for someone.”
Juliet was torn. “It’s too hard to pick between milk and dark chocolate because they are just too different.”
Wise words from two very eager guest tasters.