In dire need of psychoactive food lately, I've been earnestly searching for good chocolate.
I will admit that I am sometimes seduced by sexy packaging. This bar had it -- very understated, very elegant, very masculine, very European. Never mind that I needed a magnifying glass to actually read the writing on it -- it still looked fab. Just look at that sexy inner wrapper.
It's Dolceria Bonajuto pepe bianco, (dark chocolate with white pepper).
How disappointing to unwrap it and find that this $5-for-less-than-two-ounces bar had gone out of temper.
It's still edible; it's just that the cocoa butter has risen to the surface. The bar probably got too hot somewhere along the line when it was being transported. It makes it less appealing visually, and it affects the texture as well. If one were a chocolatier, one could melt the bar, temper the melted chocolate again, and remake this bar. Nothing would be lost.
The flavor, after I set aside the looks and the texture, was quite a nice experience. The texture was confusing, though, and I don't know if it's the bar itself or because it was "environmentally damaged" by the time I ate it. It was oddly dry and granular, which at first I found to be a turnoff. But the more I chewed and savored, that granular texture seemed like it could have been intentional. I'm not sure. It was a very fine sugar-granule feel, in sort of a good way. I hate to spend a lot of money on these bars to fully taste-test, though. I would be reticent to buy another one at the same place any time soon, since coming from the same case before hitting their market shelves, I'm sure the bars have all been affected the same way.
This bar is flavored with white pepper. I'm all about the spices and the chocolate. Supposedly that's the way the Mayans and Aztecs enjoyed it for centuries. At first I did not sense the pepper at all, but it hits you in a very subtle and pleasant way, after the chocolate has been swallowed -- the tingle lingers on the tongue, and there is no denying that the experience lifted my mood. Could it be that the pepper potentiates the chocolate drug effect? Whatever it is, it's very, very nice.
In other news, I wonder what mind-altering substance Roxie was on when she made these for me:
Question: If I had an extra finger on each hand, could I steno even faster?
Answer: Made me laugh, Roxie. You are da bomb. Thank you!
Progress on the sock is proceeding at an astonishingly fast pace, and it's very pretty. There is only one problem: It's a bit too snug on my leg and foot, so the pretty pattern is stretched out and doesn't look nearly as pretty when worn. Question: Do I have the intestinal fortitude to rip it out and start over on bigger needles or with more stitches?