Good day chilli fanz!! After many emails nagging Hot Juan to send me some chilli choc goodness, he finally relented and sent me a few bars, as you all know by now, I’m a chilli fiend but I also have a HUGE passion for dark chocolate, so when someone comes up with a product that combines the two its like a confectionery swingers party for yours truly!
The chocolate I have for review comes from Phil and Kay Palmer over at www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk and if you’ve read a couple of Hot Juans reviews of their chocolate then you’ll know full well just how nice it is!!
Without any further ado lets get this review under way!
Dartmoor Chilli Farm - Ginger Chilli Chocolate
Orange chilli chocolate: Cocoa butter, cocoa mass, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), orange oil, Dartmoor CF chilli powder.
Ginger chilli chocolate: Cocoa butter, cocoa mass, sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), ginger, Dartmoor CF chilli powder.
Dartmoor Lava: Cocoa butter, cocoa mass (28.1%), sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin), whole milk powder, natural vanilla flavouring, Bhut jolokia chillies 5%
So there you have it, three bars of goodness, the labels on these bars are of a very high quality, with a sort of sheen to them, theres a picture of what I believe to be one of the many “Stone rows” of Dartmoor which certainly gives the look of the bars a very “homegrown” feel, something I like alot as it sets them apart from chocolate with flashy graphics and such. All the bars come in 100G sizes and are wrapped in clear cellophne so you can see the quality of the chocolate you are buying, I’ll do my best now to describe the flavour of each and give them a rating
Ginger chilli chocolate:
The heat rating on this one if proclaimed on the package as “mild” and I think thats a fair description, the heat is a tingly one that hits the back of your throat and builds very slowly as you eat more of it, the ginger in this bar is subdued so as it does’nt take away from the beautiful flavour of the high quality dark chocolate, I suspect the ginger also adds a little something to the heat. This dark chocolate is quite unlike any i have tasted before, its ever so slightly bitter which works beautifully with the chilli and other flavours.
Orange chilli Chocolate:
Again this one has been given a heat rating of “Mild” and yet I found this one at least double the heat of the ginger, and it was more of a tongue burn than throat. The orange flavour is a little more pronounced in this one and thus its more orange and chilli I can taste, the chocolate in this bar seems darker and more flavoursome than the ginger even though they are both 70% cocoa, I preferred this one over the ginger!
Now this ones and interesting beastie, its white chocolate unlike the other two, I suspect this is done to drop the heat level a little as the chilli used in this bar is none other than my fave, the Naga! (Bhut jolokia, same difference!) This bar looks fookin deadly, running right through the middle of the white creaminess is a reddy orange line formed by the Jolokia, if this bar were done in dark chocolate i think the heat level would be alot higher, as it stands this one is above the heat level of your average chocolate fan who does’nt eat chilli, for ardent chilli heads this is the PERFECT blend of chilli and confectionary, it does’nt get too hot and builds slowly leaving a beautiful afterburn in the mouth, so its very enjoyable without blowing your head off, which I believe is what Phil and Kay were after after I spoke to them on twitter about this one.
Right, thats the review over, I’m gonna go scoff the rest of this before I get my ass back into gym training, if you guys want to see these and the whole range of DCF chocolate then head on over to www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk and grab some for £2.75 a bar, which is relatively pricey but when you consider that “other” high quality chocolate from certain specialist shops costs more than this and doesn’t taste anywhere neear as good then the DCF bars look alot more inviting!!
Until next time my chilli padawanz, may the sauce be with you, always!