Having tried out some plain chocolate from Bradley’s in Knoxville, TN, and not being entirely impressed, I was hoping that they had some more complex creations with more to offer. Onto the citrus-based chocolates, starting with a dark chocolate orange pate.
The dark chocolate, like the plain dark chocolate I’d sampled before, featured coffee and vanilla, and was just a tad bitter.
That bitter flavor was helpful in cutting the sugary pate, which also had a pleasing but not overwhelming orange flavor. The texture was firm and just a bit gritty, but was well-matched to the chocolate coating such that there was minimal flaking. I generally enjoyed the contrast of flavors, balance of sweet and bitter, and the notable texture matching. Far more enjoyable than the plain chocolate.
Yet another orange-based creation was available in the box: a white chocolate orange truffle.
The white chocolate coating is sweet and soft, but a bit gritty.
Unfortunately, the interior is also quite sweet, and only offers a bit of a tangy orange flavor to offset the sugar overload. It also happens to be a bit dry, which made it fairly difficult to enjoy at any level. Give me another dark chocolate orange pate, please.
Have you had fruit pate before? What did you think?