October 19, 2010 - chocolate
If you want to pick a random chocolate bar the next time you’re in the store, and that store happens to carry Chuao chocolates, just pick one. Any one will do. That’s what we did, and this time we picked the Panko.I had hesitations – there’s breadcrumbs in my chocolate bar, they belong on a piece of cedar-plank grilled salmon, not in my chocolate. But, after tasting this, I’ve come to realize that this is actually a good complement to the Chuao Firecracker. What really makes this bar is not the chocolate, not the panko, but the sea salt. It’s almost as thought the salt was embedded int he breadcrumbs, so that once the initial bitterness of the chocolate has dissolved into a smooth creamy sweetness and starts to reveal the grit of the breadcrumbs, that’s when salt hits. Perfect timing, perfect proportions.
This is, simply put, another winner from those crazy chocolate crafters in Carlsbad.