Seed and Bean Chilli and Lime Dark Chocolate Bar Review
Chilli is something of a fashion in chocolate of late. There is a theme of going back to the way the Mayans had their chocolate around but frankly I like my chocolate roasted, well refined, conched & tempered. Nonetheless there has been a spate of chilli bars that have hit the market.
There is an absolute smell of chilli on the chocolate. It is faint but present. Given the smell is a strange cross between chocolate and chilli, each struggling for supremacy, I wonder at the taste. This is another bar where oil and not actual product is used. The initial top note takes a time to develop and that lime does come through as a dry citrus with a flavour that also hints at pith as much as lime. The chilli is a heat at the back of the mouth and a faintly strange flavour that mimics the scent I caught earlier. Again, this bar is hardly aggressive in its flavours and if I didn’t know it was lime and chilli I was supposed to be tasting, I would never have guessed it.
Overall not the best bar in the stable. I can understand the flavour combination as it is very Mexican. While I can see why that combination was chosen, the flavourings need to move beyond oils into the actual product and the even more difficult balancing act of infusing a dark chocolate with flavours from the natural ingredients.