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19 June 2016 @ 07:44 pm
Darker than Black, Week 16: Raaka Thai Basil, Toasted Coconut, & Lemongrass  
I almost was going to skip this week because I did a bunch of Baldur's Gate-related writing already, but at the last moment I changed my mind and decided to do it after all. softlykarou turned over the choice of chocolate to me, so I picked this one. Unfortunately, if it sound good to you, this is one of the chocolates that we got from the Raaka subscription service we signed up for. That means that it's a limited batch and not for general sale, which is too bad because right now I want to buy another few more. A few dozen more. It was really good, is what I'm saying.

Minimalist packaging.

This was amazing. I'm really sad it was a limited run, because if it went into general production--well, general production for a boutique chocolate store--I'd buy it by the truckload. The lemongrass and Thai basil added a little bit of sweetness above and beyond the slightly sweet ("semisweet," if you will) taste of the chocolate, and the unsweetened coconut on the bottom was the perfect complement to the other flavors. If the coconut had been mixed in, I think it would have been too much, but it the crunch was great. Like I mentioned when talking about dark chocolate haystacks, it lets the coconut be itself. And since I love coconut, and in fact just tonight put shredded coconut on my yogurt with dinner, this is entirely a plus for me.

I was expecting it to be spicy before I bit into it, but it wasn't. It had a bit of a tang to it from the basil and that's it. And that's probably for the best, because any real amount of spice would have destroyed the other flavors and been just spicy chocolate. And there's nothing wrong with spicy chocolate, but it wouldn't have been as good as this bar. For only 69% cacao, I liked it a lot better than I expected.

It was also incredibly soft. Maybe now that the weather is 32°C, we shouldn't keep all the chocolate together in a bag on top of the refrigerator. Proximity isn't helping that much.

This is what I mean by letting it be itself.

softlykarou's Opinion
I can neither confirm nor deny that I jumped up and down when I saw Thai basil chocolate. It's one of my favorite combinations since I tried it two years ago in one of my gluten-free vegan chocolate tarts. Thai basil has subtle, spicy-sweet flavor to it. It plays well with others, as opposed to Italian basil which likes to be center stage (at least in my experience). Raaka made good use of it and adding toasted unsweetened coconut flakes on the bottom for crunch really rounded out the chocolate. I'm super sad it's limited edition but my wallet isn't because I would probably sign up for a lifetime supply of this bar.
This makes me extra sad that I never got to try any of softlykarou's LARP tarts. I wonder if it would go well in chocolate cheesecake? For a while, it's been a tradition for softlykarou to make me a cheesecake for Valentine's Day, and doing it with Thai basil might provide that extra something.

This was such good chocolate. You have no idea.
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