Salted Almond (Milk)

by Theo
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Flavored   (Salted Almonds; 45% Milk Chocolate)
Strain Blend   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Mainstream      
From the school of marketing that sells proverbial fish-flying-over-the-rainbow comes this bar containing Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

Scripture tells that the Lord moves mountains & parts waves.

The twain -- the ocean floor / the highest peak -- somehow join together... in your mouth at the soaring depths of savor.

Add in the other inclusions... dairy from maybe the Land of Milk 'n Honey, Madagascan vanilla no doubt, almonds out of California, cacáo from who knows how many sources & this forms a piece of globalism writ small.

Clearly globalization works -- at least in this instance -- but more like 'gobble-ization', as in Pac Man of the rest of us by this filthy rich confection.
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: pecan
Surface: nuts busting their britches
Temper: glassine to see every scratch
Snap: snap, crinkle, & pop
Aroma   9.1 / 10
breakfast scent-surround: almond dripping in oil onto full-fat Milk Chocolate cream (with a draft of funk-cheese) -> cereal grains 'n butter (to shunt any granola bar off to the ghetto) -> pizza dough
Mouthfeel   12 / 15
Texture: tectonic
Melt: episodic shifts & lurches
Flavor   46.1 / 50
toffee brittle shelf the sliding surface for buttered almonds with some salt friction (wondrous) -> flan crust (superb) -> MC rushes over -> phenomenal mash-up at climax as vanilla-almond infuses Milk Chocolate toward a bahri date (sensational)
Quality   16 / 20
Geologic in its depth & tension.

Nothing conflictive as with Theo's Ultimate Dark (presumably the parent formula blend for this) nor contrastive as its Salted Almond Dark. Just straight up as the elements stack atop each other in a steep vertical drop... deep... deepest... & deeper still.

Theo, best known for some party flavors -- Hazelnut Crunch, Coconut Curry, Bread & Chocolate & the spice daddy of 'em all, Fig Fennel Almond -- throws another one here.

Technical problems aplenty but the goods still overwhelm to cover up the fault lines in an echo of Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki (1904-71) who spent a fair amount of his life's journey in Theo's neck of the woods on the West Coast USA: "Everything is perfect & there is a lot of room for improvement".

ING: sugar, cocoa mass, milk powder, cocoa butter, almonds, Himilayan pink sea(?) salt, vanilla

Reviewed September 1, 2011


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