There comes a day in a girl's life, 'bout once a month to be exact, when she must have chocolate, and lots of it, or someone's gonna get hurt. Last Friday was such a day, and not being much for Godiva (too fruity) or Valentino (too stale =/), I probably would have raided the ol' Halloween stash and stolen all the KitKats had it not been for jschyun's brief but so very tempting overview of her Chuao chocofest last week.
So at 1pm, with about thismuch work done, I ditched the office, headed over to The Spectrum, did some impulse shopping (package deal with the monthly chocolate binge) at Anthropologie, and waltzed on over to Chuao to choose my Tease selections:
1. Gran Cacao - Bittersweet ganache, 73% cocoa. Pure, unadulterated chocolate. Ohmygawd good, and my favorite of the bunch.
2. Wild Truffle - Dark ganache in dark chocolate, rolled in cocoa powder. Pure, slightly less unadulterated (as in just the tiniest bit sweeter) chocolate. Just as good as the Gran Cacao, but in a dark, versus bittersweet, way.
3. Tiramisu - Mascarpone cheese and coffee liqueur butter cream inside dark chocolate. Creamy, luxurious and not too sweet. Truly a tiramisu in chocolate form.
4. Modena - Dark chocolate bonbon filled with
caramel deglazed with strawberry pulp and balsamic vinegar. The balsamic really made the strawberry more complex and interesting. But then again, you don't have to sell me too hard on balsamic anything.
5. Parchita Dark - Fresh passion fruit blended into caramel, covered with dark chocolate. The passion fruit flavor was exquisite with a hint of guava behind it, the caramel not too sweet. In hindsight, I think I would have liked it better with milk chocolate.
6. Melao - Salt butter caramel filled bonbon covered with milk chocolate. Good, but pedestrian.
7. Coco Canelle - Roasted almond covered with coconut flakes with cinnamon in milk chocolate. Ditto.
8. Mulato - Marzipan and pieces of roasted macadamia nuts covered with dark chocolate and decorated with bronze glitter. Having a fondness in my heart for See's dark chocolate marzipan, and finding that the bronze glitter and roasted macadamias don't add much, I'll stick to my See's on this one.
9. Chevere - Goat cheese and pear Williams butter cream with crushed black pepper corns with dark chocolate. I just HAD to try it but quickly discovered that not even REALLY GOOD chocolate can make me like goat cheese.
Goat cheese and uninspired marzipan aside, that was some gooooood stuff. Chuao makes wonderfully uncomplicated yet rich, complex and satisfying chocolate that tastes like nothing but chocolate and fillings that deliciously complement that chocolate.
Mad choco-binge fulfilled, my babies can sleep easy knowing that their KitKats are safe, at least for another 4 weeks. ; )
Thanks, jschyun, for that sweet little tip!