Chilli hot chocolate
Smoked paprika, sweet basil or olive?
I'm a bit like a kid in a candy store, except I'm in a chocolate store, and I'm in Schoc.
Schoc Chocolates do amazing things with chocolate, and this little cafe not far from Te Papa, was near the top of my list of Things To Do In Wellington.
It's a cosy little shop that greets me: silver counter cafe at the front, chocolate-filled cabinets out the back. My chilli hot chocolate is rich with cocoa, decadently creamy and has a potent chilli afterkick. The silver metal spoon is necessary for the dregs of chocolate at the bottom. It doubles as a funky straw as well.
Schoc chocolate tablets: sea salt bittersweet, olive, lime chilli,
strawberry and black pepper, schocbittersweet, and Earl Grey tea
And then there's the chocolate. I spend about ten minutes at the counter, deliberating over a whole smorgasboard of choices that run from sweet to savoury.
I come away with a bounty of chocolate tablets. The lime chilli is particularly spicy, sharp with the taste of lime and almost peppery hot in aftertaste. The sea salt bittersweet is particularly intriguing, leaving an unusual slippery residue on the tongue. Earl Grey tea is full of bergamot aroma and flavour.
Strawberry and black pepper isn't as sweet as I'd expect, although the bits of dried strawberry are genuine and always a welcome surprise. The schocbittersweet is earthy and intense with cocoa solids of 76.5%.
But my favourite is actually the olive dark chocolate. There's a slight salty oiliness to the chocolate, but it's evenly balanced and the bits of black olive are strangely addictive. It's bizarre but it works.
And that shouldn't be such a shock afterall.
11 Tory Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Tel: +64 (04) 382 8907
Monday to Friday 7.30am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
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