PastaCheese. We looked at 8 pieces on Saturday and so we'll finish the final 8 today with a bit of help from some of our Acolytes. Five of the reminding eight pieces have something added to them that your Chocolate Priestess doesn't really love -- coconut, coffee, tea -- rather than just tell you that each piece has that flavor in it, we have volunteers who help me out for nothing more than chocolate. But then I also don't get paid for our work here on The Chocolate Cult so we're all volunteers trying to help of you spend your money and treat your body more wisely. With Valentine's Day approaching you want to offer your loved one, or yourself, something really worth the money but also something a little different or lovely. Let's see if the second half of the collection is as good as the first half we wrote about on Saturday.
Tim, one of our regular Mocha Acolytes tried the other coconut sample, the Caffè Cocco which did not have the shredded coconut on top as the photo indicated. He ate this piece in quarters, slowly, letting each piece stand on it's own but only gave me a few sentences. The milk chocolate taste is the most powerful, then coconut, then a hint of coffee. The coffee flavor lingers in the background nicely but the chocolate was the principle ingredient. Over all Tim seemed pleased by this one.
Our new volunteer also tried the Thè, or tea chocolate that she describes thusly. Very dry, but only mildly bitter. Tasted hints of the tea filling but it was overwhelmed by dryness. Inside looked powdery but was actually quite smooth. Flavors blended reasonably well, but overall tasted very much like dark chocolate without any additional fillings. Good for fans of dark chocolate but fans of other types might find it too dry/bitter. Sounds like fans of tea flavors may also be disappointed as well, doesn't it?
Our final two coffee chocolates were also sampled by Tim. Caffè Turco has the name inked right on it so you can easily identify it. This balanced well, the spices mingling nicely. He told me it reminded him of our 2011 Chocolate of the Year winner in terms of the spices because he thought he tasted anise. The coffee flavor is the after flavor of the darker chocolate. Not being a big fan of our historical chocolate we had last year, he didn't seem terribly pleased by this though I'd say he liked it more.
Finally Tim tried the Caffè Sambuca that looks almost identical to the Caffè Cocco though darker all around. This has both espresso and Sambuca liqueur in it so we were curious to how strong those flavors would be. He wrote: Sweet, no alcoholic aftertaste. Flavor similar to the Caffè Turco but still very chocolatey. From his expressions I'd say he liked this one best of the three he tried.
Now that you've had a chance to check out this entire 16 piece collection in two posts, what do you think of it, Sisters and Brothers? How many of you went and check out the website for PastaCheese? What other chocolate goodies did you find there? Don't forget the special offer they have for The Chocolate Cult.