Friday, April 2, 2010
Iowa Chocolate #3
While I have a list of the different types of products that Drew's sells, the sample I bought wasn't labeled. I do know what pieces they gave me for that Sacrament but this will have to be a more general evaluation since I can't be certain which pieces I'm trying out. I'll split it into two groups. The Milk and then the Dark Chocolates.
The first piece is sort of bumpy and I fear may be a coconut so I take a very tiny bite. Either this is not coconut or it is such a crunchy fine one that I don't notice the flavor and texture that normally turns me off. Since I can't say what has nuts and what doesn't, I can't share it with my normal sidekick, the Milk Chocolate Acolyte, so I'm on my own. It isn't a crispy cereal but I don't what it is only that the primary taste is a smooth, creamy, rich chocolate with a lot of sugar.
The next piece is a round and rather flat topped chocolate with simply a milk chocolate scent. I take a bite and identification is easy: peanut butter cup. The center is very peanut and firm, a bit dry and it blends well with the chocolate. The piece after that oddly shaped but again only smells like milk chocolate. This one has the crunchiness and texture of crispy rice in it plus a sort of malt flavor added to the milk chocolate.
The next piece is a cube in shape and like every milk chocolate piece it turns out, I took whiffs ahead of time, only smells like the cocoa itself. This has a semi-soft, medium tangy flavored caramel at it's center that turns sweeter over time and starts to overwhelm the chocolate. The next oddly shaped piece turns out to be another crisp rice piece -- did I really need two of them since I was paying for them? Really? Finally is the domed, traditional shaped truffle chocolate that may or may not be a truffle. Nope, not a truffle but full of marshmallow and caramel which is sticky, sweet, tangy and cocoay all at once.
The longer piece tastes good but I'm not sure what this beige, semi-firm center is really. I can't be sure it isn't a nut variety so I don't pass it on to my Milk Chocolate Acolyte. There does seem to be some crunchy piece in it though not strong, clearly identifiable flavor. The dark cube piece is smaller than it's milk counterpart and has a simple marshmallow center with a strong, very strong, mint flavor that actually burns my tongue before being calmed by the chocolate.
The third piece is a traditional truffle shape which breaks open with a loud snap to reveal a soft very vanilla center that blends perfectly with the darker shell. The flatter oddly shaped piece may be another crispy rice but a crunchy bite reveals roasted peanuts that are a nice combination with the dark bitterness -- no sweet taste in this piece and I like it! Finally the last piece sort of looks like a flat box but clearly has splashed out on one side. This has a lighter chocolate, semi-soft center with a sweet flavor that seems slightly minty as well; I can't really identify it but it is very cooling in my mouth as well as uniquely pleasant.
If these sound good to you, then you want to check out the Sacrament in May for the full report complete with individual photos. Or perhaps this is enough information and you want to place an order. You can phone them at 800-243-7397 and hopefully they can send you a flyer.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.