I don’t have time for a vacation recap post today, so I thought I’d share a bit of what’s actually going on right now. I donated blood today! I actually really enjoy donating blood. I’ve been donating ever since I was 17 (in the USA you can donate at 17 with your parents’ permission) and I try to go about twice a year. Even though the experience isn’t always perfect— my vein can be tricky to find and I have occasionally developed a huge bruise afterward– it’s such an easy and quick way to make a huge difference in somebody’s life. I’m thankful that I’m healthy enough to donate and that I’m not horribly afraid of needles. If you’re physically able, I encourage you to donate blood too!
Now onto the chocolate! When we were in the States we were given two Salazon Chocolate Co. bars. All of their chocolate is organic and sprinkled with sea salt, which is of course a natural match for chocolate! We opened this bar first– Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Crushed Coffee.
The back of the bar was liberally sprinkled with tiny bits of crushed coffee and grains of sea salt. It’s too bad I didn’t flip the whole bar over, because I later realized there’s some kind of pretty image (maybe the same as the label?) molded onto the bar. We still have another one, so when I open than one I’ll be sure to photograph both sides!
The dark chocolate is smooth and sweeter than I expected– no bitter chocolate here. The coffee does lend some bitter notes but it comes across as toasty and subtle, and the salt hit is substantial, especially if the bite hits your tongue salted side down. The overall effect flavor-wise actually reminded me a lot of a cookie, with the toasted flavor, creamy and deep chocolate, and salt. I liked that, but I guess there’s no surprise there!