Belgium-based Dolfin Chocolat , started by Michaël and Jean-François Poncelet in 1989, offers unexpected chocolate combinations to satisfy your sweet tooth and spice up your taste buds all at the same time. Smooth Belgian chocolate is married with ingredients like crushed pink peppercorns, Earl Grey tea, candied orange peel, or even Indian spices (masalas) to create unique taste blends. The combinations are carefully thought out – pure milk chocolate is joined by gentler flavors like cinnamon, while dark chocolate takes the pizzazz of green aniseed.
My favorite: the “Hot Masala” chocolate (a mix of mild milk chocolate spiced with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper).
Just as with good wine, these treasures are not to be merely consumed, but to be savored slowly. Take a small bite and allow the exquisite chocolate to tantalize your taste-buds. Then wait for the explosion of pronounced flavors to create a glorious harmony of sweet and spicy.
The chocolates are sold individually or as small-sized gourmet squares. Individual bars come in special re-sealable wrappers that ensure the chocolate stays fresh longer. Available at Selfridges (London), La Grande Épicerie (Paris), the KDW (Berlin), the Sony Plaza (Tokyo), and in the U.S. at select boutiques; http://www.amazon.com/Dolfin-Milk-Chocolate-Bar-Masala-70g/dp/B000MW3XWI