Some people view chocolate as a treat, an occasional pleasure to be indulged. I view chocolate as a necessity, a food group unto itself, if you will. I am always on the lookout for new chocolate - from pure dark chocolate bars to new recipes using chocolate. Unless I am subjecting myself to some extremely rigid dietary constraints (very, very rare), I have some sort of chocolate every day. Often more than once a day.
So, I thought it might be useful to record all of my chocolate experiences.
As Ryan was in London last week, he of course made a pilgrimage to the food halls at Harrod's. And, in his infinite wisdom he returned to Colorado with a bar of chocolate for me. So, that was my chocolate of the day: La Maison du Chocolat, Cuana, 74% cocoa (can't seem to find a link to the specific bar)
While I liked this bar, I think it suffered from overly high expectations. I think of La Maison as the pinnacle of the chocolate world, and while this was very good chocolate, it wasn't the best I've had. Not even the best I've had this month. (My current favorite is Michel Cluizel's )
I thought this was a fairly traditional decent-quality dark chocolate bar. But for such a high-end bar, I was surprised to find it somewhat harsh, rough, a bit chalky and overall lacking the depth I expect from great-quality high-end bars. Not as smooth or complex as some of the ones I prefer.