Our food would be gray and ordinary, if there were no sweets. One of the most popular products on the planet is chocolate. Only in 2011 it was sold for more than $ 100 billion. In many countries around the world, July 11 is celebrated as World Chocolate Day, a tradition that was laid in 1995.
According to statistics in Russia this sweetness is regularly consumed by 82% of residents, but in fact in America and Europe this figure is even higher. Not so long ago, predictions were made that global climate change could lead to chocolate becoming a delicacy. While this did not happen, sweeties fans experiment with it, coming up with more and more new fillings.
I must say that unusual chocolate can often be purchased at a completely humane price, which can not but please gourmets. The most unusual sweets are sometimes surprising with the courage of experiments with taste, we will tell about them in detail.
Chocolate from camel milk.
The exact price is unknown for this treat. In the United Arab Emirates, camel’s milk is a fairly popular product. In the country, even on its basis, ice cream is produced. Since the spring of 2012, the manufacturer Al Ain Dairy has offered consumers 6 new flavors of camel milk. But the most popular is another product with such a favorite filler – chocolate. This delicacy is produced by Al Nassma. Its representatives say that their chocolate is more useful than traditional analogues, and the low fat content makes diabetic a treat available. In chocolate, usual for the East sweets are used as an additive – nuts, honey and spices. So far, to purchase a product based on camel milk can only be directly from the manufacturer, in airports and hotels. However, Al Nassma also thought about the conquest of European markets.
Chocolate with absinthe.
Adding chocolate to alcohol is a fairly common practice. You can recall at least “Cherry in cognac”, sold in Soviet stores. Later our compatriots got acquainted with the Finnish sweets “Fazer”, containing vodka. The Swiss company Villars, which has a century of experience in the production of chocolate, has launched a unique product with a taste of absinthe. Villars Larmes d’Absinthe costs about 6 dollars and is able to surprise even sophisticated gourmets. Especially sharply unusual taste makes itself felt, when the chocolate melts in the mouth, then the bitterness of the famous tincture of wormwood becomes tangible. Drunk from this portion of absinthe is not possible, because its content in sweetness is only 8.5%. It should be noted that this famous chocolate house produces several more varieties of unusual alcoholic chocolate. It is found with pear, plum and quince vodka and with traditional cognac already.
Chocolate with a taste of black truffles.
Black truffles themselves are quite rare, and therefore an expensive product. Chocolate with them is a great value. In this case, we are not talking about truffles, candy, but about those most famous edible tubers, the price of which fluctuates around 2 thousand dollars per kilogram. The special chocolate under the brand “Mast Brothers” began to be produced by the brothers Michael and Rick Mast. This factory in the United States is one of the few where sweet production is created exclusively by hand, including even the initial processing of the cocoa beans themselves and the final packaging of the finished chocolate. The brothers come up with a variety of unusual tastes for their creations. Their special pride is a delicacy with the addition of black truffle Mast Brothers Chocolate Black Truffle, worth $ 8. The content of cocoa in the product is 74%, and in addition to the delicacy, the original taste is achieved by adding a pinch of sea salt. As a result, such elite chocolate received an earthy taste from the truffle, which is fully revealed when sweetness begins to melt in the mouth.
Chocolate with coconut and curry.
No one is surprised by chocolate with the addition of hot pepper. But the sweetness, inside which lies the Indian flavor of curry, is a novelty. Such unusual spicy chocolate worth $ 3.25 was produced by the American company Theo Chocolate. Its leading specialist Beki Doville does not see limitations for experiments, boldly trying different tastes. As a result, the brand received many prestigious awards for its unusual taste combinations. Critics noted such tastes as “Fig, fennel and almonds” or “Lime Coriander”. It is worth highlighting milk chocolate with the addition of hot curry and toasted coconut. Tiles received an unusual taste, which is sure to please connoisseurs of Indian cuisine. In this case, organic chocolate has a short shelf life, which is due to the use of exceptionally environmentally friendly and natural ingredients.
Chocolate with flower petals.
Each of us knows that adding raisins or nuts to chocolate is already a classic in the world of sweets. But the use of flower petals in this product is not so common. But the French company Bovetti has been producing chocolate for several years, which includes petals of violets, lavender, jasmine or roses. This small factory has been operating since 1994 at the foot of the French Alps. For the sake of this production, Walter Bovetti left his native Piedmont to fulfill his dream and give birth to a new chocolate brand. Today, his company produces one and a half hundred varieties of chocolate, a special place among which belongs tiles with the addition of flowers. These natural ingredients are included in milk, white and bitter chocolate. In tiles Bovetti, worth 4.5 euros, the leaves can be found in candied and dried form. Although the petals taste almost and not implemented, but they give the product a pleasant floral fragrance.
Everyone knows that chocolate should be sweet. But some do not think so. Experiments of confectioners have given birth to salted chocolate. At the same time gourmets believe that this combination looks quite natural. The fact is that salt just emphasizes the sweetness of the product and enhances the sensations. To buy dark salty chocolate from the manufacturer “Salazon” can be only for $ 3.59. To help the buyer, who is looking for just such an unusual taste, right on the package, and on the tile itself there are several workers who extract salt. Such an organic product is produced in small batches. Sea salt for him is carried from afar, from South America. It should be noted that in addition to the Salazon Salted Chocolate Bars, the producer offers chocolate with a taste of salt and pepper, salt and cane sugar, as well as salt and ground coffee.
Chocolate with bacon.
They say that Napoleon also adored pork under chocolate. And in Ukraine there is such a delicacy as fat in chocolate. It can be found in the menu of some restaurants, and the dish is enjoying constant popularity. Perhaps these facts led the company Vosges Haut-Chocolate from Chicago to the idea of combining two of the Americans’ favorite foods – chocolate and bacon. So Mo’s Bacon Bar tile was produced, at a cost of $ 7.5. Milk and bitter chocolate in addition to pieces of smoked pork also contains grains of salt. The inscription on the package says that you can fully appreciate the full depth of the taste of such a product, only by using all five senses. For the American manufacturer, this is not the first bold experience with chocolate. Vosges offers sweetness with a taste of peanut butter and mushrooms, Japanese wasabi and Mexican ancho. It is possible that such a rich palette of taste the producer owes its owner Katrina Markov, who adores traveling.
Lavender grass is known for a long time for its healing and soothing properties. It is no coincidence that American chocolate turned her attention. As a result, a product appeared, which in theory gives an effect equal to several hours of relaxation in the spa.Bitter dark chocolate Dagoba lavender blueberry costs 3.5 dollars. It is lavender that gives the tile a pleasant aroma. And for the antioxidant properties of the delicacy is responsible for its constituent blueberries. The name of this organic product is translated from Sanskrit, as “temple of the gods”. And created chocolate with the addition of lavender former chef Frederick Schilling in 2001. To produce such a product, only ecologically pure cocoa beans were selected, which were manually collected in Costa Rica, Madagascar and Ecuador. In addition, not only blueberries and lavender are added to Dagoba, but also raspberries, rosemary, cardamom, lemon zest and clover.
Chocolate with the aroma of hay.
In addition to the rare seasonings of flowers and flowers, chocolate has also learned to add meadow grasses. The famous English chocolatier Sir Hans Sloane specially for the Windsor five-star hotel Coworth Park came up with a special kind of chocolate. It included seemingly incompatible ingredients, such as hay and cocoa beans. To obtain exclusive chocolate, the chocolate mass is mixed with specially crushed and dried grass growing on meadows near the elite hotel. As a result, an unusual smell of hay is born. But besides him in chocolate Hay milk, you can also catch notes of rose, jasmine and saffron. The creator of such a product believes that such a combination will give a sense of the pastoral silence reigning in these places. Only the taste of such chocolate was appreciated by far not all. After all, in the usual sale it is not found, you can try a unique sweetness only in the Coworth Park hotel or in a special shop inside it. Chocolate for weight loss.
Everyone knows that it is impossible to lose weight and eat sweet. But the Spanish confectioners decided to correct the injustice. They started selling unusual chocolate, which not only does not allow gaining excess weight, but even on the contrary, it helps to lose weight. The truth for a double pleasure will have to pay about 8 euros. Created such an unusual product company Cocoa Bio in 2009, showing at a chocolate exhibition in Madrid. The sweetness was called Lola, it included several unusual components for such food. Among them are special amino acids that suppress appetite. The taste of chocolate sweets for weight loss does not differ from traditional analogues, except that they have unusual color. This product has an original greenish shade, which is given to it by the constituent algae with vitamins A and B12. The difference between Lola chocolate and traditional products lies in the fact that it should be eaten not after eating, but before it. Then the desire to taste first, second and sweet will be greatly reduced.