Chip’n Dipped Hot! Chocolate
May 30, 2013 - chocolate
On first bite, the dark chocolate in this bar (63%) comes through alone: it’s good, it’s okay, it’s dark chocolate. This is supposed to be spicy chocolate, so then I’m waiting for the heat to kick in, after all, this is called Hot! Chocolate.
So while I’m waiting, I start reading the label. This chocolate is made by Chip’n Dipped in New York. It’s kosher, no gluten, and no dairy. Ahh – that’s why the chocolate is okay, but not fantastic – the creaminess is missing. Most chocolates are gluten free, so there’s no surprise there. The heat is derived from the habanero pepper.
Finally, I get something that must be the heat, but it leaves a lot to be desired. It takes a while to appear, and by then most of the chocolate is gone – leaving more of a raw heat in the back of your mouth, into your throat – more like eating something you didn’t expect to have heat. The flavors are basic – chocolate, sans buttery creaminess, and habanero pepper, which is really just heat, not the smokiness from chipotle or ancho, and no other spices. At least cinnamon, or cardamom, might have given this a little more depth.