When I started out my box from Bradley’s in Knoxville, TN by diving into the double-layer gianduja, I broke one of my rules of chocolate tasting: try the plain ones first.
My love for gianduja is stronger than my self-discipline. There. I said it. Happy now?
After devouring the gianduja, I moved right along to a nicely wrapped plain milk chocolate.
There were aromas of caramel and cream, and it had a soft texture with a medium, pleasing melt.
As with the aroma, cream and caramel dominated the flavor. It was a decent milk chocolate, but others, such as El Rey and Valrhona, are appreciably better. I’d rather have a box with some extra giandujas.
The box also happened to include a nicely wrapped plain dark chocolate, which I was obliged to sample before I moved on to other chocolates.
The chocolate had a simple aroma of coffee and vanilla, and a smooth texture with a fairly slow melt.