Spice Rack Chocolates sent us their Spice Rack Collection which has five flavors in a 15-piece box. With this box there was a small guide book that identified the chocolates but also offered advice for eating them and for using them with wine. Given the spicy nature of these chocolates I think pairing it with a wine or a meal is a very good idea, complementing all the courses. However, please note that if you have food or wine between bites or pieces of chocolate you really are not cleansing your palate merely replacing once set of flavors with another. Water and time are still the best cleansers if you want the fullness of the individual flavors; that is how we review all chocolates here, giving you the chocolate and nothing else in our descriptions.
Here's the story. I tried these at a convention. As you may know from reading me here or reading my other work, I'm a published author and book reviewer. I got to 6+ conventions a year, most of these from May through August. I often take offerings with me and what I don't need I share at my table where I sell and sign books. When I had the 10 extra pieces from this box set out, people stopped, looked and then asked "what is this flavor" and they'd point to a piece. All except for one guy who just picked up the flower with the red center and popped the entire thing into his mouth. My eyes went wide and I asked what he just ate. He told me as he chewed. I informed him that it was a very hot flavor but he laughed for a moment then stopped. He assured me that he liked hot food. Within a minute he was sprinting for the water fountain.
Also ask what a chocolate is before you pop it into your mouth, Sisters and Brothers!
All of these chocolates are dark (54%) and well made, the cocoa content itself means that even milk chocolate lovers might be open to trying these. Every one of them made a sharp snap when I took a bite, a sign of purity, but they also all had a bit of grainy texture to them probably from the added spices and flavors. These are not chocolates to gobble down as the one man who put an entire piece in to his mouth above demonstrated. The result is that these are not chocolates for everyone and you need to be aware of that before you buy or give these as gifts. But if you like spice, if you have an adventuresome palate and you want to try something very original, these can make a good Sacrament for you.
There is Spice Rack Chocolates for you all to consider. Remember if you are eating spicy chocolate do not pig out on them. Give your mouth time to adjust to each combination of spices and determine what you like best. You might enjoy flavors you couldn't have imagined even went together if you take the time to slowly try them. If you are thinking of adding spice to your chocolate please remember that the cocoa, the chocolate, still needs to be the last and lasting flavor.