A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WANDERLUST

It’s the journey more than the destination

When I started my chocolate tasting series, I said I would taste all 13 chocolates sent to me. Unfortunately, only after five types of chocolates, I decided not to continue because of my own bias to bittersweet and dark chocolate, and already I wouldn’t say I like the ruby type chocolate.

Most that were left in the mix are milk and ruby chocolates that I know I will not like, and based on what I have tasted so far. But to be fair to the artisan, she made an effort to make them look and taste good; I promised to give her my honest opinion, which I did and hopefully received well.

As early as now, I can say she needs to continue to hone her chocolate-making skills, and eventually get good at it and sell delicious artisan chocolates. It can be life-changing to her and online customers like me.

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I’ve done my last three reviews according to the wrapper’s color because I did on Christmas morning; I woke up feeling festive, and seeing the colors on my table, made me excited.

I made my review as straightforward as my last two posts – on the teacup and red chip. I will describe them and be on my merry way.

#3 – Peppermint Chocolates

Its milk chocolate base with a subtle taste of Peppermint. The kind I like in flavored chocolate. It was not an overpowering taste in your mouth, a pleasant experience. The flavor builds up in your mouth as you continue to chew on it and what remains is that freshness peppermint always leaves you with.

It’s hard chocolate; even when left overnight on the counter, it didn’t soften to the touch. When I placed it between my fingers, it took a while to have that melted feel on the surface but didn’t make the mess I was expecting.

When you peel the wrapper, it has a patterned surface. Not glossy but not dull also. Overall it’s an okay chocolate piece.

#4 – Blueberry Tint

When the chocolates were delivered, it came with a voice message explaining what to expect for each color and shape—for this, I’ve been warned that the color transfer to the mouth or tongue and, in my case, finger.

The blue tint is not mixed in the white chocolate. It was painted over; that’s why it transfers when the heat is applied. But the Blueberry taste was there. Unlike the Peppermint, this one is not as subtle, it lingers, but you get the same intensity from the moment you bite into it until it melts away. But I only have one piece to try to compare.

I don’t mind the color transfer; that can be rectified. I like the consistency of the chocolate and the taste in my mouth. The texture is better than the other chocolates I tasted, but it can still use more tempering and adjusting of the color and the flavor in the future.

#5 – Red Tuttifrutty

The base, as you guess, is the ruby chocolates, which are acidic, have a fruity base taste. Adding tutti-fruity makes the chocolate not appealing to me – I felt it’s sourer, not what chocolate is to me.

The texture of the chocolate is crumbly. I only had one bite and decided I will not continue eating it.

Ruby chocolates, in my opinion, are best paired or mixed with plain nuts, where it doesn’t increase the acidity of the chocolate—if not nuts, maybe dried fruits, not in the sour-side like cherries or tart and those with similar sour notes.

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I didn’t finish the rest of the chocolates. I’ve tasted at least forty percent of what I bought, and I think that’s enough to know what the rest are like.

I will continue to look for other online sellers that will get me curious to try their products.

For chocolates, understanding the temperaments of the different types of chocolates and taste is key to making them good. As we say we eat with our eyes, presentation is also crucial, which is a skill in itself that needs to be practice.

Knowing you’re clientele is another area in online selling that I think many seller miss when they start peddling their products online. They are more on prices, and the volume of products to sell that they miss getting the attention of those that really would want what they are selling.

But I understand that in the current state of the world, everybody can find their way to earn, and I am not the one to tell them not to do it; I can only give my thoughts when it’s needed and welcomed.

Social media is an excellent platform to be seen and an ideal platform to make it if you have the right attitude – consistency in marketing and quality of the product equals value.

Last food for thought, for the artisan or those that makes the product they sell, online or otherwise it is good to field test them before going full blast. I don’t know about the others, but I’m the kind of buyer that try whatever I fancy once. Unless I am impressed, never go back for seconds, and I can be honestly brutal in my opinion if I know it can help.

So until the next adventure, I’ll settle for flowers to give my friends next time.

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