Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chocolate Review: Michael Mischer Cayenne Spiced Mango

During Balticon weekend I made a side trip to Biagio Chocolate in DC. It's a blink and miss it kind of place, off Dupont Circle and situated in a basement style storefront. When you walk in, though, you're in Heaven. Just an amazing collection of chocolates from around the world - always something different when you go. One bar that wasn't there on my last trip was the Michael Mischer Cayenne Spiced Mango (72%). How can you walk away from a brand like that?

The packaging is certainly tempting - a clear plastic case turned backside out to showcase large chunks of dried mango coated in red and black speckles. Since the bar looks quite thin for the amount of fruit it contains, the mango appears ready to fall from the chocolate's hold. It's not so much infused in the chocolate as it is floating, embedded.

Though the aroma is bold and characteristic of a 70 percent cacao, the snap is almost non-existent. The makeup of the bar - small pillows connected by a thin bedding - could be the issue. Held on the tongue, the chocolate alone is rich with a smooth finish, and combined with the spicy fruit it provides a good contrast. Yes, there is a kick with the cayenne, a latent one that doesn't last. I think that's good - it doesn't take from the enjoyment of the chocolate and I'm not gasping for water afterward.

If there's one warning about a bar like this, it would have to be to eat it as soon as possible. I don't know if this is a bar to keep around in a stash while you whittle away at something else. Unfortunately, their website is not taking orders at the moment, so if you're looking for a bit of spice with your chocolate you'll have to search for this one. It'll be worth it, though.

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