Salt and chocolate. I think we’ve established that I’m a fan, so it should come as no surprise that when I heard about Salazon Chocolate Co., a self-described “salted-chocolate based brand”, I immediately contacted the founder to ask where I might be able to locate his chocolate.
Thanks to this blog, I was offered samples of each chocolate flavour to review. In the interests of transparency, I was under no obligation to review these in a positive light. The following constitutes my honest opinion of these products.
Salazon Chocolate Co. produces three different types of chocolate, and is currently asking for customers to submit travel photos to be used as labels. In the meantime, the labels depict a salt farm in Southeast Asia, with a similar picture used as the mold for the chocolate itself.
Salazon Chocolate Co. Organic Dark Chocolate with Natural Sea Salt
Salazon Chocolate’s original bar is comprised of dark chocolate with sea salt crystals sprinkled liberally on its underside. This results in little bursts of salt in every bite that both heighten and provide a counterpoint to the sweetness of the chocolate. The aroma is slightly woodsy but also reminds me of salted butter caramels, which is only ever a good thing.
The chocolate itself is very sweet, but this works well with the assertiveness of the salt. The combination creates caramel and brown sugar notes, and ensures the bar is quite difficult to stop nibbling on.
Salazon Chocolate Co. Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Turbinado Sugar
As a concession to the world’s milk chocolate-lovers, Salazon produces a slightly sweeter version of its original bar by adding turbinado sugar to the formula.
I did find this bar noticeably sweeter than the first, as the turbinado sugar provides a honey-like sweetness that overlays the salt. This flavour should work as a lovely option not only for fans of sweeter chocolate, but for vegans and the lactose-intolerant who may struggle to find such chocolates without dairy as an ingredient. The turbinado sugar flavour was, however, my least favourite of the three, simply because I preferred the way the original bar was more strongly tempered with salt.
Salazon Chocolate Co. Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Organic Cracked Black Pepper
I was very keen to try the third of Salazon’s chocolate flavours, as this one replaces the turbinado sugar of the previous bar with cracked black pepper. As someone who can never have too much pepper in her meals, I felt this would be right up my alley.
The chocolate is again pleasantly rich, sweet and, as is the case with every Salazon bar, incredibly smooth and silky in texture. The salt is again prevalent on tasting, but the pepper is actually very subtle. After extensive tasting and pondering, I’ve decided that the subtlety of this bar makes it a worthy contender for introducing one’s friends and family into the world of more “exotic” chocolate flavours.
A part of me would have loved a slightly stronger pepper heat in this chocolate, but there were definitely moments when the pepper shone through enough to create an extra layer of flavour. The rest of the time, I simply found myself enjoying the silky texture and salty-sweet base of Salazon’s chocolate.
And that, readers, is what makes these bars worth seeking out.