Fresh peppermint – When I got home I read on the sheet they gave me that it was actually called Fresh Peppermint with White Chocolate, but there was no distinct chocolate flavor. Don’t get me wrong, the chocolate shell the inner filling had been dipped in was a lovely chocolate, the right buttercream percentage so it didn’t melt on my fingers, but melted almost immediately on my tongue, and the peppermint flavor was fresh and minty (though it was probably peppermint oil, and not actually peppermint leaves, so I’m not sure how that works with the whole ‘fresh’ promise) but again, it was like eating two very different items. The chocolate flavor didn’t permeate the peppermint filling (the white chocolate it was apparently mixed with was either very low in it’s own flavor, or completely overwhelmed by the peppermint) and the chocolate shell hadn’t had the time to absorb any of the minty flavor of it’s filling.
Ice wine – I was really looking forward to this one – I though about some of the lovely Ontario and BC ice wines that I’ve had – light, sweet, almost ‘bubbly’ on the tongue. Since I like sweet, I find them more refreshing than ‘sweet’ like some people do, and find them less heavy than other wines. When I took the first small bite, I was disappointed. There was a dark, heavy alcohol taste to me to begin with – something I’d associate with port or sherry (I don’t even pretend to know much about wines, only that this didn’t have the light, fruity taste that I had expected.) The wine flavor completely overwhelmed the chocolate. While I still had the texture of a chocolate truffle, I was very disappointed with the flavor.
Cream Cheese – There wasn’t anything really special to this chocolate actually, it seemed to be a soft, blended cream cheese ball dipped in chocolate. I had expected more of a chocolate flavor mixed in with the cream cheese, but the two seemed to be almost separate entities, just wrapped in the same foil wrapper.
My final thoughts – this experience was highly overpriced, and I’ve had a more enjoyable experience with far lower-cost chocolates. The sales pitch raised my expectations of flavor and quality, and since I don’t really care about the pedigree of my chocolate, this ended up seeming pretentious instead of informative. The sales pitch also reminded me a bit of election promises – ei: instead of telling me how good they were, they focused more on how everyone else was bad.
Between a product that didn’t live up to the sales pitch, a hefty price tag, and chocolates that were nothing to write home about, Choklat left a bad taste in my mouth.
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