Without feeling queasy in the extreme, I’d run right out andget me some of this:
Still, Escazu is a single-origin dark chocolate, which to me is at its best when at its purest. Thechocolate is sold in bars,
a format which conveys clarity, and I do think that the pure dark bar
is a serious accomplishment. The chocolate is clean and true, with a
dusky characteristic I can best liken to a medium-roast Guatemalan
coffee. Among the flavored bars, Escazu is at its best when true to the
aesthetic of Latin American flavors: the troika of dark chocolate,
chili and pumpkin is rendered with a true artist’s touch, as is the
deft duo of chocolate with coffee beans. Of other flavor pairings, sea salt
was the one I liked best. I was surprised to find tiny bursts of
velvety salt crystals not at odds with the chocolate. I can’t say that
I think salt enhances the taste, but it doesn’t tussle with it.
Chocolate, chili and pumpkin? OM NOM NOM.