For our sixth date date as a part of Project 52: Date Nights, I decided to plan a chocolate taste-testing. I have always wanted to try those fancy chocolate bars, but could never find a reason to spend $5 on a chocolate bar. Now I had my chance!
I picked up four chocolate bars: Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate; Hazelnut & Currant Dark Chocolate; Milk Chocolate with Hickory Smoked Almonds and Sea Salt; and Dark Chocolate with Appelwood Smoked Bacon and Alderwood smoked salt. After doing some research, I chose a Merlot to accompany the chocolate.
We started with the Cherries and & Almonds. It was delicious and had just the right taste of cherries and almond texture while allowing the chocolate to come through. It would also turn out to be the highlight of the taste-testing.
Next, we tried the Hazelnut & Currant. I was really looking forward to this one because Nutella (chocolate and hazelnuts) is one of my favorite foods. However, neither the taste of hazelnuts or almonds came through. Still, the chocolate was good.
Then we tried the Almonds & Sea Salt. Whoa, this was extremely salty. It was overpowering for me, but I'm not a big salt fan. My husband liked it.
Finally, we tried the Bacon & Salt. It was disgusting. Actually, it was beyond disgusting. I haven't been able to eat chocolate since. Bacon does not make everything better. Please, allow my suffering to not be in vain - never, ever eat a bacon chocolate bar.
Although the main focus of our date turned out to be a dud, we ended up playing Trivial Pursuit, which was fun. I'm so glad that our next date night will be a dinner out. Hopefully I can't mess that up too much!
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