Friday, February 10, 2006

Pink peppercorn chocolate

A yummy pressie from Miss Liss.

Having coffee at Two Good Eggs in Goulburn St., this unusual flavour of Belgian choc was spied and hastily purchased. Now, even though I’m not an ultra sweet-tooth type, I still relish an unusual flavour combo. This particular variety is a rich and ultra dark chocolate with warm bitterness, and well complemented by the mild zing of the ‘pepper’.

Pink peppercorns are the semi-ripe berry of the schinus bush and therefore not a true peppercorn but more closely related to the cashew family. Originally they come from Peru (see Peruvian pepper tree pictured below) and Brazil, but grow wild in warm climate countries today. Their flavour is sweeter and milder than green or black peppercorns, with a hint of mild aromatic citrus zest and sweet spicy berry.

Given its profile, it works deliciously with dark choccy, almost imperceptable on first taste but building up in your mouth to a warm, lush pepperiness as you roll it around your tongue. It stops just short of being actually ‘hot’ but rather leaves a tingle like sherbert fizz on your tastebuds. Very, very different and a new experience!


Anonymous augustusgloop said...

I keep meaning to try this entire range. The orange one sounds good too, and the Chai spice as well! *drool*

10:00 AM  
Blogger Reb said...

What does pink peppercorn say about your chocolate personality, I wonder?

12:11 PM  
Anonymous augustusgloop said...

lol. You are adventurous at heart, enjoying the spice of life but appreciative of the simple pleasures as well.

3:16 PM  

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