Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Xocolatl de David: Parmigiana-Reggiano (!?)

I like to keep an open mind. Especially when it comes to chocolate. Things like pop rocks and curry can go much better with  chocolate than you might think. I thought of those experiences when I bought this very strange sounding Xocolatl de David Parmigiana-Reggiano bar.





The base of the bar is a 72% cacao bittersweet bar of Ecuadorian origin, and parmesan-reggiano cheese is added, as is salt. The cheese is coarsely ground and well-distributed, as obvious from the first glance at the bar.





The bar has a promising aroma of caramel with just a hint of cheese, so I anticipated a subtle note of cheese.

Wrong. Halfway through, the overly salty and pungent cheese, which is gritty and irritating against the smooth texture of the chocolate itself, totally takes over the chocolate.  There was perhaps a bit of mint flavor in the chocolate, but it was hard to tell with the overpowering and not very tasty cheese there.

Eating this bar is kind of like signing up torace an Ironman: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

9 comments:

  1. Ughh i cant imagine cheese in a chocolate bar! I dont think id particularly be a fan of this either!

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  2. Even with your review, I think I would have to try it.

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  3. I am intrigued by the idea of putting cheese in a chocolate bar. Maybe they just put too much in.

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  4. Bummer it wasn't good. I've heard of chocolate bars with Parmesan cheese but haven't tried one myself yet.

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  5. What a strange sounding bar! I've had chocolate with vinegar, but this just seems weird! Where did you get the bar from?

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  6. I would be helpless before this chocolate. Although my main dream is to track down a blue cheese chocolate one day. I know they exist :)

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  7. I would totally buy this, even though you found it irritating. I just would be sure not to let this one sit around too long, it might start to smell...

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  8. 1. That is TOTALLY my catchphrase :)

    2. That is disappointing. I wanted to like a cheese-and-chocolate bar.

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