Some people get excited by sports. Others, by spotting birds in the bush. Then you’ve got your death metal devotees, your Gleeks, and your pansy gardeners (I am, of course, referring to the flowers). For me, one of the best feelings in the world is spending the first night in Smurf Kitchen snuggled up in blankets, eating delicious food, and laughing and talking with your new housemate – but more on that another day.
I couldn’t discuss chocolate in this context without first acknowledging that friendship does trump food – in most cases, at least. And while the glories of both can certainly be heightened by the addition of the other, it’s probably time for me to focus on the chocolate-at-hand. Otherwise we’ll end up in a quicksand of rhapsodising, and right now I can’t see any Wesley on the horizon willing to jump in and save us all. Anyway, point is, interesting chocolate makes me happy and excited.
Chocomize Milk Chocolate with Roasted Edamame, Hot Curry Powder, and Pomegranate Granola
Darn tootin’ you read (and saw) that right. Milk chocolate, edamame, curry powder, granola. In other words: crazy-awesome. Who, you might ask, came up with this ingenious combination?
*Takes a bow*
Chocomize is a U.S. company that allows you to make a custom chocolate bar by picking a chocolate base (dark, milk, or white) and then adding up to five ingredients from over 100 different options (including gummy bears, 23 karat gold flakes, bacon bits, and parsley).
You know the expression “like a kid in a candy shop”? I learnt the meaning of that when Nick from Chocomize offered to send me several bars of my choosing, free of charge. (As with TCHO, I had to use my lovely American friend as go-between in order to get the chocolate delivered to Australia.)
Lorraine, do you remember this conversation about jerky and chocolate? Well, Chocomize offers jerky as an ingredient, but I feared Customs would swoop in with its confiscating mitts if I chose it. I had to rule out many options for this reason, but I still managed to come up with two bars of plausibly-flavour-complimentary chocolates, and one bar of pure crazy.
This bar is the pure crazy. I threw caution to the wind and didn’t try to match the flavours, which means I’ll talk about how the flavours worked with the chocolate and on their own, but not about the bar in its entirety. Can’t really blame Chocomize for its customers’ gleeful craziness.
Enough jibber-jabber. How did this taste? Pretty darn wonderful, actually. You know me – I’m not usually a big fan of milk chocolate, but this version was surprisingly superb. It had strong caramel tones that lingered on the palate long after the chocolate itself had disappeared, and the flavour was (thankfully) never throat-searing in its sweetness. It also had a lovely silky melt.
I’ll get the low point out of the way first. The hot curry powder, whilst seemingly liberally sprinkled over the chocolate, had almost no flavour. I’ve had some stellar chocolate and curry combinations, so I was quite disappointed by the lack of flavour here.
Thankfully, the roasted edamame and pomegranate granola elements tasted fan-diddly-tastic. The edamame was crisp and fresh, and contributed a nutty-ish flavour that played off the caramel sweetness of the milk chocolate perfectly. The granola had no pomegranate flavour that I could detect, but no worries – the sweet, coconut-edged toasted oats was equally as brilliant with the chocolate, in their own way, as was the edamame.
I really enjoyed the novelty and flavours of this chocolate, and was mighty saddened to find I’d finished three-quarters of the bar in one sitting. I could easily have eaten the lot, but I decided to save a little for a rainy day.
Also, I wanted to be able to bring this chocolate out in Smurf Kitchen, so that I could see my housemate make the funny face she makes when I pull things like millet and nutritional yeast from my side of the pantry. Oh, what fun we shall have together.
P.S. Chocomize is generously offering all (U.S.-based) readers a 10% discount on any order of its personalised chocolate bars. Simply enter “hannah” into the coupon code section at the checkout, and Bob’s your chocolate uncle.
P.P.S. I’ll be reviewing my other two Chocomize chocolates in the future too – don’t you worry about that.