This is a blurry picture of the Chocolove Cherries & Almonds dark chocolate bar I ate last week when I was in desperate need of some chocolate with a bit of substance. Hershey Dark Chocolate Bliss pieces are good when one is in the mood for a small sugar fix, but I had some serious craveage for the type of chocolate experience that can only be achieved when sinking one's teeth into a bar. My sweet-toothed companions know what I'm talking about.
I wanted "the snap."
As in, the bar snaps when I bite into it, evoking a pleasurable sensation akin to popping open a can of Dr. Pepper or chomping down on a hard-shelled crunchy taco.
It is a feeling worth fighting for -- a feeling that not even the highly-revered Vosges can engender due to the exceedingly creamy texture of their bars. As such, I was happy to discover that Chocolove's dark chocolate (made with 55% cacoa) has the snap factor on lockdown. Even more importantly, the bar is easy to break into pieces to allow for partial consumption -- ie. eat some now, save some for tomorrow and the next day (barring any disasters/hormonal fluctuations).
My one "beef" about this snapolicious treat that boasts 160 calories and 10 grams of fat per serving (30 g) is that the "cherries" are sadly lacking. While there is a distinct possibility that I got a bad bar, I only found three dried cherries during the entire course of my three-day ingestion process. Not ideal, my Chocolove friends, not ideal at all.
Regardless, this is a good chocolate bar, made even sweeter by the sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that is printed on the inside of the label.
"If thou must love me, let it be for naught
Except for love's sake only...."
Eh, that's enough for now. Thou can Google the rest if thou so desires.