Box Chocolate Review

Sweet Marguerites

Info Details
Country USA   (South Portland, ME)
Style Mainstream      (w/ artisan pretense)
Cuts the tongue with a shaker of salt while wastin’ away... in Chocolate Margueritaville.

At least she's her own boss.
Presentation   4.7 / 5
darksome; black-tie attire
Aromas   4.8 / 5
thick saps
Textures/Melt   8.1 / 10
Shells: reflects the Aromatics, lots of body yet soft
Centers: mostly a continuum rather than a juxtapose on the ganache
Flavor   37.3 / 50
generally unbalanced; amplified infusions while Tanzanian-origin Dark too reserved for this boxer’s aims
Quality   22.9 / 30
Small sample-size posits large questions whether this might be a weekend hobby or just another indictment of NASFT (“Fancy Food Show”) for awarding a silver medal.
Couverture: Barry Cacao; El Rey
Green Tea & Ginger - White gel-mousse enrobed in the darkest couverture, the twain canceling each other out (almost aridly blank) & parting in favor of a sodium spread at the very back recesses (on a 2nd sample this rendered a similar result except for more upfront flavor – albeit awkwardly balanced; on yet a 3rd round, the ginger blasted thru at near-wasabi strength)... all adds up to inconsistency
Sesame Tahini – very firm / very tahini’d (all-in , including both crushed & sprinkled seeds); chocolate at the bidding of salted-umami; a piece that scripted food-editors write-up as ‘OMG, sooooo yummy’
Milk Fleur de Sel - soft yet substantial & over-expressed in practically every facet (ham-handed salt, coarsely chopped macs, heavily-laden caramel)

Reviewed Summer 2010

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