After Cadbury’s Toffee Crunch and its sweet assault on my palate (not as fun as it sounds), I needed something darker. Something with vim. Something with pep. Something with pepper, maybe?
Bovetti Dark Chocolate with Espelette Peppers
Comprised of four pristinely-embossed squares in a rectangle of come-hither dark chocolate, this French bar was studded with espelette peppers on its underside. I loved the design aesthetic of this bar, with its nigh-on-sparkly (in the non-Twilight sense) pepper flakes shining against a backdrop of glossy chocolate. Add in an extremely crisp snap indicative of good tempering and a deeply chocolatey aroma tinged with spice notes, and you’re looking at a hypothetically-Hannah-approved edible creation.
What was interesting about this chocolate was its initial lack of… anything. For a second I thought I was tasting a repeat of the Carmel Valley chocolate, yet before my disappointment could take hold, the flavour came. And lo! It was delicious. First came a slight dusky flavour, then a transition into cinnamon with hints of tropical fruit, and then the final subtle intertwining of brown sugar and clotted cream. And throughout all of this, there was something playing in the background, nudging itself into prominence: the espelette peppers.
Much more akin to the fruity heat of pink peppercorns than the spicy heat of chilli, the espelette pepper flakes in this Bovetti chocolate teased out the dusky notes of the chocolate whilst also countering the bar’s sweetness. I was also impressed by the length of the chocolate – while there was little in the way of flavour when first placed in the mouth, the bar’s rich chocolate flavour ultimately lasted long after the chocolate itself had melted away.
Plus, it’s pretty. Guess I better see how the other four Bovetti flavours in my stash compare, hmm?