Having been fairly impressed with two types of chocolates by In tem pe ran tia that aren’t generally to my liking, I was becoming convinced that these folks really do use top-notch ingredients, as they advertise. I moved on to two final creations from the box, each of which looked particularly appealing to me personally; first, I tasted the chocolate-covered almond, which featured a faint vanilla aroma.
The surrounding dark chocolate is intensely flavored, with caramel notes evident, but is soft with a somewhat buttery texture that offers a nice contrast to the crisp, tasty almond inside. The cocoa powder is a tad bitter and possibly unnecessary, though I didn’t find that it detracted from the overall effect. I could use a jar of these. It’d be a nice thing to pack for cross-country flights, and having several handfuls of these would make me calmer during inevitable delays.
I moved along to a 73% cocoa dark chocolate pavers – a treat that falls right into my 70-80% golden range for dark chocolate that I’m bound to enjoy as long as the component ingredients are of sufficient quality.
The aroma is a bit nutty, and the cocoa powder dusted over this chocolate is intense, with woody and coffee undertones.
The chocolate itself resembles a dense, firm ganache, and melts nicely with just a tiny bit of grit. The flavor of the chocolate is also intense, with a strong coffee flavor and hints of red fruits. As I suspected, the ingredients here are quite good, and the cocoa percentage made this treat a great way for me to end this box.
When you enjoy a chocolate box, do you like to save any of your favorites for the end?