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Review: Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado
Moonstruck Dark Chocolate
Posted: 18 November 2011
Moonstruck's bar has the right amount of chili to blend with
the dark chocolate base. Moonstruck makes sure you know it's there without burning the inside of your mouth out.
price/gram: USD 0.05
Cocoa %: 68
The Moonstruck Chocolate
Company from Portland, Oregon just continues to move from
strength to strength. Their
dark bar was merely
okay. Their Mayan
bar was fantastic. So was their
milk. With the
company's Dark Chocolate Chile Variado, I was coming full
circle, re-sampling the acceptable but unmemorable dark
chocolate but with chipotle pepper and ancho pepper added.
Moonstruck says that "the
first bite of Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado
entices your senses. Let each nibble melt on your
tongue. Inhale the intoxicating aroma. The last
bite comes far too quickly. Get the last bite."
For once, the back wrapper didn't lie. The bar did
entice my senses. I did let each nibble melt on my
tongue, and I did inhale the intoxicating aroma.
[Okay, I remained sober]. I haven't yet finished
the last bite, but whenever that moment finally comes, it
will be far too quickly. Considering no one else
in the family likes dark chocolate or chilis in their
chocolate, getting the last bite is no major achievement.
A month ago, Ladbrokers and myself were
putting the money on
Theo's Chile. All organic ingredients, three types
of chili, bean-to-bar manufacturing. Moonstruck's Dark
Chocolate Chile Variado wasn't a contender. In the
mouth, however, marketing hype melts away quickly.
Moonstruck's bar has the right amount of chili to blend
with the dark chocolate base. I couldn't taste any
sharpness of chili in Theo's version. Moonstruck makes
sure you know it's there without burning the inside of
your mouth out.
Moonstruck as an American
chocolate brand grew on
me and I now respect it enough that I'd go an hour out of my
way on any future trip to Oregon to pay a visit to one of
the company's chocolate cafes. For now I'll head back
into my kitchen and grab the last bites.