I’d been given a bar of dark chocolate some time ago – Montezuma’s Sea Dog. I loved the colour of the packaging and the idea of the unusual flavour – lime and sea salt. I kept it safe and sound wondering if I should cook with it or just savour it in its entire choclolatiness. Then I forgot about it. Working from home recently and feeling like chocolate was very much in order, I had a rummage around and found it. Well, no more thoughts of cooking with it, it was destined for immediate consumption.
Montezuma’s have been making organic chocolate for the past 11 years. Started by husband and wife team, Helen and Simon Pattinson they have grown from their first small shop in Brighton to selling their products around the UK and online. I have tried a number of their bars over the years, some I’ve really enjoyed and others not so much.
Sea Dog (71%) – Ecuadorian cocoa solids, sugar, vanilla, sea salt, lime oil.
Even though I’m not an especial lover of dark chocolate, I wolfed the entire 100g bar and enjoyed every square of it. It smelt deliciously of chocolate, but with a faint whiff of lime. It was delicious; smooth, subtly salty with just the right amount of lime. The salt came and went at irregular intervals, which I really liked and the lime was not overpowering. In fact a pleasant salty limey tang was left in my mouth long after the chocolate had disappeared. Interestingly, this bar contains no lecithin – something I’m always being told is essential to make good quality chocolate. My major quibble with this bar, is that it doesn’t appear to be organic. I had assumed that all their chocolate was, but that is obviously not the case.