I love that my family has not only gotten used to this blogging gig but have embraced it. But I have to laugh when there’s something new in the house, particularly food, and my husband asks, “Am I allowed to eat this?”
It’s as if he knows that everything must be photographed and documented fully before simply being enjoyed. And then, even as we enjoy it, I might be there to capture some video.
So when my shipment of Wild Ophelia chocolates came into the house, I knew I’d have to act fast.
My husband is a self-confessed chocolate freak and I think my son inherited those genes. I, on the other hand, have been known to snub many chocolates in favor of something more fruity or even more salty. I knew that they would take one look at my box of chocolates and dig in without hesitation, even if a blog post might be dependent upon it.
So I declared that Friday night would be a “tasting night.”
Sean and I have often done wine tastings and I usually have to edit poor Evan out of the video (not that he’s drinking – he’s just trying to get on camera). Somehow, kids in wine videos just don’t seem right.
Chocolate is something the whole family can enjoy. Even me. Because it’s THIS chocolate.
I was introduced to Wild Ophelia chocolate when I attended BlogHer13 earlier this year in Chicago. It even got a brief mention in my swag video. That’s how memorable it was. And I had since forgotten that when I was sampling their chocolates that I had signed up to be considered for the Wild Ophelia Blog Posse.
Well, four chocolate bars later and here I am to tell you that there’s a new love in my life. And my family now has to share, dare I say, compete with me for chocolate.
Here’s how the tasting went down. We all grabbed our tasting beverages.
White wine for me, red wine for my husband, and organic skim milk for my son. All fine choices, if you ask me. Although I hear a nice port wine goes well with chocolate. We made do with what we had.
And then we began the sampling.
First up: New Orleans Chili dark chocolate bar.
Using cayenne chili peppers sourced from the Bayou Country of Louisiana, this chocolate has a flavor profile of “dark chocolate with a warm, zinging hot spice and underlying tones of earthy red pepper.” And my opinion is HOLY COW, that chocolate be SPICY! I like some kick to my food but this one didn’t do it for me. My husband, who has yet to find a spice hot enough for him, loved it though. My 6 year old took teensy tiny bite and immediately said no thanks.
Next up: Beef Jerky milk chocolate bar.
Yeah, baby. When it comes to salty and sweet, I’m your gal. This is the flavor I tried in Chicago that made me change my thinking about chocolate. The flavor profile uses Idaho-sourced beef jerky and says “natural smoked fruit woods and peppered spices perfectly match our rich milk chocolate.”
My husband liked it but I was the only one who went gaga over it. It was my favorite. At least I think it was my favorite, until I tried…
Next Up: Southern Hibiscus Peach milk chocolate bar.
So I feel a little ambiguous about fruit and chocolate. I mean, I like chocolate covered strawberries but that’s whole fruit not a hint of fruit. I was worried I would be underwhelmed. Using California peaches, the flavor profile said “these fragrant, tangy peaches and puckering, tart hibiscus flowers mingle in the southern tradition of tart and sweet.” It was tart and sweet and fruity with a real fruit flavor. It’s kind of refreshing to not have to think about (artificially flavored) for once.
This was sweet with crunchy peach chunks in the chocolate and this was declared my son’s favorite, although we all loved it.
Last up: Peanut Butter & Banana milk chocolate bar.
And finally, a peanut butter and chocolate bar. How cliche, right? NOT SO, my friend. What sets this apart is the bananas from Uncle Mikey’s Hawaiian Food. You get a flavor profile like this “a sweet, mild flavored banana with honeyed smell, blended with roasted peanut butter and rich milk chocolate.”
All I can say is ZOMG. I claimed the beef jerky was my favorite but this was a very close second, except for the hibiscus peach which was also a close second.
Yeah, I think they all simply tied for first with the New Orleans Chili coming in a distant second.
If you want to hear it straight out of our mouths, here’s what we thought the night of the tasting.