A week or so ago I reviewed NewTree’s Pleasure chocolate, which I designated Anzac biscuit-esque in flavour. At the end of that post, I hinted that I’d also bought and enjoyed a few other flavours in NewTree’s Alpha range. Sure, I could have stretched out these other flavours into two separate posts, but I’d hate for you lovely readers to think of me as withholding. Truly, I’m all about the generosity.
NewTree Piment and Thym:
Chilli and Thyme Dark Chocolate
A primary reason for my compressing these chocolates into one review (apart from my afore-mentioned kind spirit and the fact that I have a squillion already-eaten chocolates to review and many more yet to be eaten/reviewed) is that there’s not a lot to say about the chocolate itself. For the most part, the chocolatey part of the chocolate is merely (say it with me!) chocolate: sweet, simple, pleasant, a binding agent, there.
As with the Noir Biscuit, the first taste I had of NewTree’s chilli chocolate offered little but crunchiness from the roasted flax seeds and crispy rice inclusions. Repeat after me, readers: Crunchy Is Not A Flavour.
Luckily for NewTree, after chewing my way through the rice and flax crispiness I did start to experience a chilli burn at the back of the throat. A few more squares in, and the sweetness of the chocolate combined with the slight nuttiness of the flax seeds and the growing heat of chilli started to move my thoughts in appreciative directions.
Soon after that, the advertised omega 3s in the chocolate did as they’re meant to do and bumped my IQ up a few notches, thus leading me to create this superb little ditty for your pleasure:
Sweet Plus Heat Is Good To Eat!
Once I slipped the Thyme chocolate out of its foil and cardboard packaging, I noticed two things. First, that it seemed to be slightly lighter in colour than the Piment and Pleasure bars, and second, that the aroma of thyme was incredibly strong.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love thyme. Big fan, but I’ve only ever had it in savoury dishes. As a result, the strength of the thyme made me hesitate for a moment, but then I realised that, somewhere deep inside, I knew this was going to work.
And dear heavens, did it work! I loved, love, this. The thyme was just as strong in taste as it was in aroma, and I found the earthy, dusky, herbal-y flavour to be a perfect match for the sweetness of the chocolate. It somehow played into the woodsy notes that I love to find in chocolate, and my tasting notes speak of my excitement over this flavour combination as I started imagining thyme-infused soufflés, pannacottas, cakes…
Plus, all those omega 3s? I’m practically a fish right now. A really intelligent fish.