Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Droste Pastilles: Extra Dark

Name: Extra Dark Chocolate (72%)
Brand: Droste Pastilles
Place Purchased: Trader Joe’s
Price: $1.79
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 164
Type: Chocolate

If someone told me that there’s a black hole at the center of these chocolates, I’d be inclined to believe them. I’d also wonder about the prowess of chocolatiers being able to implant a chocolate singularity at the center of each disk ... those Dutch, they’re really talented.

Anyway, these are the familiar Droste Chocolate Pastilles, which I used to (and still do) get in my Christmas stocking. Because Santa thinks I’m very good. I usually get the mixed Pastilles that are half milk and half dark chocolate, because I’m inclusive like that.

These are new to me, so I picked them up. I’m fond of very dark chocolate, though as a snack item they’re more difficult to eat a lot of because of the flavor density. Droste’s 72% Extra Dark Chocolate is super-duper dense. Unlike some super dark chocolates, Droste strikes the right ratio of cocoa butter so that the chocolate actually melts on the tongue. The scent is a wonderful nutty/smoky aroma. On the tongue the disk melts right away without a hint of grain. There’s a pretty immediate bitter bite to it though followed by a puckering dryness that’s at once intriguing and thirst inducing.

As a solo snack item, I’d probably pass on these, but the cool thing about the Droste Pastilles is that they’re in these wonderful little disks in an easily reseable foil package (just twist it shut and it keeps the air out and pop it back into the hexagonal cardboard tube for later). I think this would be paired really nicely with some red wine, maybe some dessert cheese or put it into a bowl of coffee or vanilla ice cream as a garnish ... or maybe with some nuts and dried fruits.

Rating - 7 out of 10 (I know, I’m giving out a lot of 7s lately)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:54 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewDrosteChocolate7-Worth ItNetherlands

Comments
  1. I really dig dark chocolate over milk chocolate so these Droste Pastilles are something I’d probably check out.. and at TJ’s which fits in pretty well with my once a month visit.  72 percent sounds pretty durned nice and strong!

    Comment by Bryan on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #

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