Picture a chocoholic running to a store’s register, already holding chocolate with a couple of other items, trying not to see any more chocolate before paying. And then she sees a tiny sign, “The Ultimate Dark Chocolate Fix.” Back up. Is it a hoax? Is it true? Then I saw this tin. Needless to say, I grabbed it and went on my way, despite the four dollar price tag.
I’ve been wanting to buy some cacao nibs recently, but they’re usually even more pricey since they’re sold in greater quantities. Plus, these are dipped in 70% dark chocolate with espresso and come in this cool little tin.
In fact, it’s a very unique tin. It refers to the coated nibs as ” ‘peaces’ of intense yum.” So I just had to check out Sweetriot’s website, which is equally unique. It defines “Sweetriot” as “a joyful celebration of culture, diversity, and understanding — it is the opposite of a civil riot, which is dangerous, violent, and oppressing.” In keeping, they call themselves “rioters,” saying that “employees is an uninteresting word”. Uninteresting Sweetriot definately is not: their site has interesting tin reuse ideas, a cacao story, and a list of how much you could buy with cacao beans when they were used as money.
It seems I bought the darker of their three chocolate-dipped nibs. The other two are 50% and 65% instead of 70% and don’t have espresso. The chocolate is a bit sweet, but with the bitter taste of the nib coming through. The espresso taste comes in just before it melts, leaving the slightly fruity, bitter nib to chew on. Which, by the way, if you haven’t yet tried them, cacao nibs have the most wonderful odd texture. This progression of the senses is all very well, but if you start chewing right away, all of the flavors meld in a miraculous combination of sweet and dark that will be a bit more friendly to those with some fear of the dark.
Sweetriot ensared me, starting with the tricky way this tin snuck up on me. Not that I mind: this is a great emergency chocolate fix. Small enough to even fit in a pocket, mostly immune to melting, and filled with chocolatey goodness.
(Also great fun to play with… make shapes with… pretend they’re pearls for necklaces…)