When I went vegan, Lindt was my gateway drug - it started me legitimately enjoying dark chocolate, instead of tasting that 'dirty' bitterness. Now I'm a hopeless choccy snob. My favourites are fruity darks and raws (Pana Chocolate anyone? - reviewing on Friday) - and so, I figured I'd better blog about this brand. They've been far and away my favourite dark chocolate for a good few years now and everyone should know about them! Meet Madecasse's sea salty nibs bar and the pink pepper and citrus:
Cute packaging, right? They come foil-wrapped in adorable paper sleeves, folded over and tied with a bit of raffia. I like this. It's like buying yourself a present!
The bars have a gorgeous almost reddish colour to them - different to most other dark chocs I've tried. And the flavour is fantastic. The salty nibs bar has a subtle crunch and the salt in it appears to be quite large, so the occasional bite is really intense. The pepper is more obviously flavoured - you can taste it in every bite, but it's not overpowering and works well with the chocolate. The citrus I find really faint, so I tend to just think of this as the "pepper" bar. They're on the "darker" side of things, and I'm not generally one to understand all that flavour profiling bullshit that comes with labels, but there is a definite fruitishness to these. They're rich and smooth and utterly fantastic, but definitely a chocolate for dark chocolate lovers. (If you're vegetarian, I have it on good authority the Arabica Coffee milk bar is brilliant too.) They also have plain milks and darks, as well as a fascinating sounding cinnamon-pepper dark bar.