Box Chocolate Review


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Country USA   (NYC)
Style Mainstream      
Nurse Ratched of chocolate (as portrayed in Pink's pop vid Please Don't Leave Me): “angel of mercy” who flew into the cuckoo's nest becomes sinister hospital bandit with surgical mask on; the terrifying proximity to blood (which cacáo symbolized in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica...), death (... for Mexícâ human sacrificial rites...) & the devil incarnate (... propitiate the gods to ward off evil with, this, the food of...).
Presentation   3.4 / 5
plain despite every shape imaginable, from machine-mold to hand thrown, & veneers flat to dusted & hi-sheen
Aromas   4.3 / 5
chocolate 1st, then infusions sneak in
Textures/Melt   6.7 / 10
Shells: solid, semi-thick, shells
Centers: thin creams
Flavor   37.2 / 50
reversal of aromatics – flavored-up but chocolate hangs around enough to complement
Quality   21.8 / 30
Artisan mostly in name. Limited, rather anonymous work.
Couverture: Callebaut
White – misses everything but the floor; pink cake
Raspberry – fresh-picked along w/ lean chocolate backbone, melts thru to liqueur-like fusion; excellent & well ahead the rest of the curve in this collection
Plain Dark – red jelly retreats to blackberry / currant cocoa
Vanilla Dark – starts synthetic, goes bolt-upright bean-on-bean where cocoa just gets worked by vanilla; malted aftertaste
Plain Handcut Truffle – seemingly using Dutched stuff, then cherry dominant
Port – blaring; decent pairing

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