Hesitantly, I bring one of the bite-sized, ridged triangles to my lips. “It’s really good,” the woman at the store had told me when she’d noticed me eyeing the odd concoction. Now, I'm not so sure.
I like spicy. I love chocolate. I’m always game for a good dark chocolate with chili peppers. But, Tabasco Brand Spicy Chocolate?
I nibble. After all, a little bit of Tabasco sauce usually does the trick. At first, all I taste is…chocolate of the Dove variety: a perfectly fine store brand that doesn’t ascend to the chocolate heaven heights of some of the more artisanal varieties on the market (at least not to the palate of this chocolate snob.) The taste is good, but it’s a bit waxy and slightly sweeter than I’ve come to like my dark chocolate.
Then the heat hits me. Yowza! The spicy sensation begins at the tip of my tongue, then travels up mid-way…where it seems to stop. As the flavors meld, I start to enjoy this chocolate more and more, enough that I decide to have a second triangle.
My 9-year-old gives it a try and pronounces it “the kind of burning you like.” Yes, I do. In small quantities - meaning the triangular wedges are the perfect size.