So as I mentioned last week, I've discovered the DIY chocolate website, Chocomize (chocomize.com), and in a flight of sugar-fueled fantasy customized my own bar of dark Belgian chocolate and proceeded to wait for its delivery.
Just to refresh your memory, I called the thing "Tropical Madness" (probably due to a slight overdose the night before of Appleton's excellent Jamaican rum) and gilded the bittersweet lily with roasted pistachios, candied papaya, cocoa nibs, hot curry powder, and veggie bacon.
The website makes it a snap to create your own customized bar, which unadorned costs under $4. After that, you add garnishes for modest amounts of change. My Madness bar clocked in at $8.55; with an additional $4.95 for the inevitable shipping and handling, the total came to $13.50.
So all right, already... How did the damned thing taste?
First, let me say that Chocomize promises four-day shipping, and damned if it didn't deliver.
I ordered mine on a Tuesday, and by Friday afternoon, it was in my
mailbox. And if you're wondering how it survived the hot 'n' steamy
trip from New Jersey to South Florida, it did just fine, being shipped
with a bunch of fist-sized cooler packs that kept it in pristine
And about the taste: First, the chocolate is of pretty good
quality, creamy, not too sweet, with a nice tang and good chocolate
intensity. The pistachios, papaya, and cocoa nibs were great additions -- a
bit of nutty crunch, candied chewy, and a hint of cocoa sharpness.
was looking forward to tasting the curry in the mix, but it was applied
so lightly that it barely registered. I gave a couple of squares a dusting of
Neera's curry masala (the best commercial curry powder I've found), and
the flavors jumped. Not surprisingly, the veggie bacon was as tasteless
and insipid as all vegetarian "meat" products, contributing only red
color and a vague flavor of salt. If you really want a meaty sweety, go
with the beef jerky.
The verdict? Well, at $13.50 a Chocomize
bar isn't exactly the cheapest sweet treat around, but where else can
you get a one-of-a-kind chocolate bar tailored to your own specifications?
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It's a fun indulgence, makes a great gift for your foodie friends, and
is a helluva lot better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
that for a recommendation?