Divine Decadents in Shellsburg, Iowa, is a tiny chocolate shop, and they primarily work as a supplier to other chocolate shops and restaurants, but you can buy from them directly or stop in their store. When I visited the store, I bought a few things, as I try to do when I physically visit a chocolatier, and they gave me some products as well. Sacraments, as you may know, Sisters and Brothers, are only for products we are sent or given to evaluate and reveal to you, so this essay is about the four truffles and a cereal treat we were given.
The next piece, going clockwise is "Death by Chocolate," which is a dark chocolate shell with chocolate jimmies on the top. This had a very dark cocoa scent to it and again was easy to bite in half. Inside was a mostly solid cocoa center with a strong dark bitterness and a hint of vanilla, which created a slight burning sensation, which real vanilla can if you linger on it. Even half a truffle created a slight cocoa buzz.
Finally, we try the "French Silk" piece, which has both a dusting of cocoa and a drizzle of lighter chocolate on top of the darker shell. These three types of chocolate played out in the scent, each one impacting my nose when I took a whiff. The center was smooth, as a French Silk pie should be. The dark and milk chocolate combined well, though a bitter bite was the final flavor in my mouth, which suited me just fine.
Divine Decadents were exactly as their names promised, and you sometimes do not get that with chocolates. I can see now why candy retailers and restaurants order these from eastern Iowa. The cereal treat was just fun to eat and made me think about trying such a thing in my own kitchen. If you want to check them out, for a limited time, until the end of April 2010, you can get free shipping on any order, so check them out soon.
Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.