Funny thing is, though, when I first tasted it, I thought it was a total failure. I didn’t care for it at all. I came THAT CLOSE to chucking it.
BUT, I decided to let it sit for a couple of days and then give it another go. Just because. You know how I hate wasting food!
Let me tell you that this habit has served me very, very well this time.
WOW. I have no idea what happened during those few days, but when I took this out of the cupboard to taste it again, it was like some sort of magic had taken place.
What had originally tasted horribly bitter, almost like burnt wood or something, had developped into this beautiful, suave, intense dark chocolate with a rich toasted almond and coconut flavor.
It’s still a tad on the bitter side but it’s also got a pleasant hint of sweetness to it. It’s very chocolaty, and sort of reminds me of what dark roasted coffee beans taste like. Plus, it has that great texture that makes you just want to go back for more. It’s super dense and extra firm, yet it has all that chewiness from the coconut… it almost feels like you’re eating chocolate bar filling by the spoonful.
Now seriously, I made this only last week and I am already down one and a half jar! And, since I’ve been such a super nice girl and gave one of my precious jars to a very good friend of mine, I am now left with only half a jar, and already, I am starting to exhibit severe symptoms of “upcoming withdrawal”. I sort of begin to shake uncontrollably whenever I approach the cupboard that I have it stored in.
Alright, maybe not that bad, but you can be sure that my finger gets a dippin’ every single time. So I need to stear clear!
I’m already thinking I have to make another batch, but this time, I’ll make it even MORE decadent.
Oh yeah… I can already taste that new and improved version. Can anyone say toasted coconut and hazelnuts?
I think I’ll have to make actual chocolates out of this, or even truffles, why not?
I am so totally infatuated.
Maybe even a little lovesick?