Purists would never think to eat anything other than good dark chocolate, the reward being the chocolate high from an unadulterated bar.
But supermarket shelves these days are filled with interesting additions to chocolate and I confess I cannot just walk on by when I see them. That would mean missing British company Seed and Bean's Organic Rich Milk Chocolate with Cornish Sea Salt And Lime ($7.95 for an 85g).
With just 37 per cent cocoa, this is the sort of bar I might scoff at for not being dark enough.
However, it lives up to the rich milk description and the salt and lime add instant zing. I find the creamy texture very comforting when deadlines loom.
The brand's organic Fine Dark Chocolate Espresso ($7.95 for an 85g bar) also does not seem dark enough, with 58 per cent cocoa.
But as every baker knows, coffee enhances the taste of chocolate and the ground-up coffee deepens the flavour and adds a caffeine kick as well. If coffee does not wire me up so much, I could eat this all day long.
Belgium brand Nirvana Chocolate has some of the most interesting flavours I have seen in chocolate bars and it embeds them in properly dark chocolate, barely sweetened.
The 72 per cent Dark Chocolate With Toffee And Sesame Seeds ($8.95 for a 100g bar) get a bit of sweetness from the toffee, which also adds a caramel vibe. But the most satisfying part about this bar would have to be crunching into the sesame seeds sprinkled throughout.
Chocolates from Meidi-Ya Supermarket, B1-50 Liang Court, tel: 6339-1111, open: 10am to 10pm daily
This article was first published on March 8, 2015.
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