Monday, February 15, 2010

pure dark = pure ectasy

Pure Dark
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©2010 Ron Dunlap/Doglight Studios
For all you chocolate lovers who think you have seen it and done it all, all I can say is, you need to try Pure Dark chocolate. Immediately.

Pure Dark chocolate comes in several forms but I am especially enamored with the slabs. The slabs are massive, thick pieces of chocolate, pocked and rippled like a moonscape. They basically look like what a chocoholic caveman might eat if he were a foodie.

There are three varieties of slabs but the one I enjoyed the most was the Serious Dark Chocolate with Caramelized Nibs and Coarse Sugar. The caramelized nibs along with coarse sugar add a wonderful texture that combined with the deep, rich chocolate gives you an unearthly, primordial chocolate experience. After savoring a chunk you feel as if you want to beat your chest and holler.

But, Pure Dark slabs are not for the Miss Manners and gracious living crowd. In order even to break off a chunk, you will need to reach down into your inner caveman because they're not fooling around with these slabs. The slabs are almost 1" thick. I recommend a cutting board and using a fork, pushing downwards (interesting, a knife doesn't work well). However if you are serious about chocolate, I have faith that after your first piece you will find a quick solution even it is to just to pick up the entire slab and gnaw on it - not that I would ever do something as crude as that.

For those with less Herculean strength, Pure Dark offers Rounds, Fruits and Nuts and Bark.

What is great about Round and Fruits and Nuts is that they are perfect on-the-go chocolates. Everyone knows that any chocoholic worth their salt needs to have an on-the-go chocolate. This is the kind of portable chocolate that, among other qualities, is small enough to secrete in your purse or briefcase and lends itself well to road trips.

Pure Dark Bark is a thinner chocolate (but then again anything is thinner than the Pure Dark Slab) and the sophisticated cousin to the Pure Dark slab. It is studded with plump dried fruits, toasted nuts and what I think makes the bark really special, the caramelized nibs. I never thought I would say this, but I heart the caramelized nibs. Let's just say if the nibs were running for office, even with the fruits and nuts as second in command (which is of course not much different from our government), they would win by a landslide.

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