My friend Laura is one of the most talented chefs I know and when it comes to hosting dinner parties, Martha has nothing on this one. Laura is the kind of friend who will casually ask you “hey, what are you doing tonight? It’s Tuesday, wanna come over for a quick dinner?” and before you know it, you are part of a last-minute 5-course meal. Truly amazing.
Now, Laura’s weakness is chocolate. It’s also at the center of a new project she’s working on. So when Paula asks her friends if anyone wants to taste test a dozen of the world’s best bittersweet chocolates, you raise your hand real fast. And once again, what started as a “hey, let’s get together to eat chocolate” turned into a masterful lesson with one delicious outcome: the best darn chocolate bark you’ve ever tasted!
Here is where we started: 12 of the world’s best chocolates including Guittard, Valrhona, Callebaut and El Rey.
Think of it as tasting wine. We took our time, chatted about each one, talked about texture, melting factor, hints, lingering notes… a tough job I tell you. Each sample had its own style, from bitter and coffee-like to floral and even tropical. If you’re a chocolate lover, I highly suggest you give this a shot. It will blow your mind.
And then after a good hour of bliss, Laura had the best idea. “Should we make some bark?” Yes Laura, we should =)