Put a little spice in your life this Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 14, 2009
Chocolate and Chili peppers? Lindt must be insane, right? Probably not but I can see why you might think it. Who in their right mind would put these two ingredients together? However, I was eager to give this hot chocolate a try as soon as I saw it on the shelf at the local grocery store today. Big Brother makes a killer brownie with chipotle peppers which I could easily inhale within nano-seconds. I’ve also tried chocolates with black pepper thanks to the Sister in Law which, while not great, were an interesting combination that I would certainly be willing to try again.

SO...how was Lindt’s Dark Chocolate with Chili Peppers? I opened the wrapper and took a deep sniff. No hint whatsoever of chilis. Damn. This doesn't look promising. Oh sure, there was the always delightful fragrance of rich, dark chocolatey goodness but no spiciness whatsoever. I broke off one of the squares (about 1" square) and took another sniff. Nope. Rather than putting the whole square in my mouth and allowing it to dissolve as I would normally do with their regular dark chocolate, I broke it in half and put one piece on my tongue. Delicious dark chocolate goodness. No trace of "hot" or "spicey". Wait... I spoke too soon.

Within about 30 seconds, I felt a slight tingling in my mouth. Hmmm, could there actually be a little "ooooomph" in this little square? Oh yes. Don't be decieved folks, one little square packs a delicious punch. You know those little red cinammon hearts you see everywhere at Valentine's Day? Have you every eaten a few too many at once and tongue felt as though it was being burned by cinammon flavoured fire? That's the exact same tingling sensation I received after a full square. The aftertaste is definately chili-ish and my mouth is still feeling a bit zingy five minutes later.

The verdict? Yes please. While not something I could eat a square of every day (unlike their dark chocolate or Green and Black's Dark Chocolate and Mint), it's a delightful change that will get your taste buds in the mood...

Thumbs UP!

9 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Sweet heat, mmmmmmmm.

sp said...

It is a good combination. Camino makes a chili and dark chocolate bar that I have on special occasions. It's one of my favorites.

Today my chocolate of choice was Camino's mint dark chocolate. It's so so good.

Wandering Coyote said...

Ugh...I just can't do it.

tweetey30 said...

Not into the chili thing in my candy.I mean like those red candiees you mentioned.. So this wouldnt be my thing either. But glad you enjoyed and thanks for sharing what you thought..

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I've been curious about these too. Thanks for taking the plunge and checking them out. I think I will try it myself.

Gardenia said...

I've been playing around with the idea of a big time cheat centered on chili-chocolate - I've been so intrigued with it - -

yum, I can't wait -

to take it even further - I think a chocolate fountain running(which my friend hattigrace owns) chili chocolate would be insanely delicious - we have a party coming up - I thinkIif I have time I might experiement with some mixture -

in the mean time the great chili-chocolate hunt begins....

Milla said...

In my village in Italy there is a bar that makes hot chocolate with chillies (hot chocolate as in the dense and drinking kind of chocolate). Zorro said it was great.

Heather said...

I can't do it either. Sorry, captain - the cut of me jib just ain't cut for that.

Anonymous said...

The Aztecs have been mixing chili and chocolates for centuries.

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