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02 October 2016 @ 01:22 pm
Darker than Black, Week 25: Vosges Super Dark Pomegranate & Goji  
Time to work through our backlog!

That's not the only reason we picked this chocolate, though. Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Head of the Year. We had a party last night with a ton of food prepared by softlykarou, and among the choices she made for ingredients were pomegranate seeds. There's a lot of reasons for this, any or all of which might be true. One story is that pomegranates have 613 seeds, matching the 613 mitzvot, though that makes me wonder who counted all of those seeds to figure that out. Another story is that we're hoping that our fortunes in the new year will be as bountiful as the seeds of the pomegranate. Yet another is just that Israel was praised for its pomegranates in the Bible so it's just an association. You may choose one that fits your desire to eat pomegranate seeds.

I like the waterfall of seeds.

When I opened the package, softlykarou said she was worried that all she would be able to taste would be the salt, which is listed on the package but isn't part of the chocolate bar branding. And you know...thats exactly what happened. I'm sure there were pomegranates in here somewhere, but I couldn't taste any of it. Just chocolate, a faint taste of goji berries, and that's it. There wasn't any sweetness at all that wasn't from the chocolate already.

Checking the ingredients, I think that we found the problem. The chocolate lists "goji berries, pomegranate powder, sea salt" (emphasis mine). Looking up pomegranate powder on Google returns approximately 95% bullshit superfood claims, but does seem to say that it's made from actual ground pomegranate seeds, so then I have to turn to the fact that we let this bar sit on top of the fridge for months before we decided to eat it. That may have thrown the balance of flavors off such that all the pomegranate taste vanished. Or maybe it's just not well-balanced in the first place and we made a mistake. This is another one that I'll want to get again and eat to see where the flaws are actually are, because as it is, I can't tell. Shrug photo shrug001.gif

I mean, if it had been advertised as a sea salt bar, I'd be writing an entirely different post here.

I don't know what the patterns on the bar mean.

softlykarou's Opinion
I had a prediction that the pink sea salt would dominate the bar and I was right. I could pick up hints of goji, a light sweetness cutting through the salt and the bitterness of the chocolate. However, I wanted more. I looked on the back of the bar to see how the pomegranate was used and it was a powder. Salt is such a strong flavor that equally powerful ones are needed to stand up to it. The others flavors were pretty timid.
I wonder what the bar would have tasted like without any salt at all, and if I can find such a bar somewhere? That might be fun to try.  photo emot-sg.gif
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