There are, to my knowledge, only a handful of shops that are carrying Claudio Corallo’s chocolate in the US. Fortunately, one such shop is fairly close to me and I got a chance to pick up several of Corallo’s bars on my trip to Zingerman’s Deli.
Before I bought anything, I sampled all of the bars (they allow you to sample everything in the store), including a 75% cacao, 80% with sugar crystals, 73.5% ‘soft’ with cocoa nibs, a 100% puro bar.
I also sampled a very special Corallo creation: Chocolate covered raisins that have been soaked in a distilled spirit that is made from cacao liquer.
Most of his chocolate has an interesting underlying flavour component: Graham cracker. His bars tend to be a little more rustic in terms of their texture, but I think it definitely works in Corallo’s favour.
The chocolate covered raisins are out of this world. Very strong stuff and you can definitely ‘feel’ the spirit upon inhaling. I imagine eating a 100 gram serving of these raisins would be the equivalent of taking a shot of a potent spirit. The raisins are positively saturated with the cacao “rum”.
Any other experiences?