Warning: this post is about food. If all you care about is perfume, come back tomorrow, when we'll almost certainly be talking about perfume again.
I think I've mentioned before that I like chocolate. I do. Very much. I've explored a few chocolate perfumes, but relatively few perfumed chocolates. Dagoba makes a lovely dark chocolate bar with lavender and blueberries, and perhaps that qualifies? But the Chocolat Parfumé line at Desire in Sunlight might be the closest I've come to blending my two biggest addictions. The line comes in two forms combining Guittard chocolate with floral essences: "creamy flowing chocolate" (essentially a thick sauce or thin ganache, made with organic dairy cream) and truffles.
I literally swooned over my first bite of the Chocolat Jasmin ganache. It tastes exactly like it sounds: rich, creamy dark chocolate underscored with a beautifully lush and full jasmine. The aftertaste is more jasmine than chocolate, and is something close to heaven. If you're not used to eating flowers, the taste might seem odd at first — "like eating perfume", my husband announced after his first (and only) bite. Is there anything more perfect than a really fabulous chocolate product that nobody in your household will eat but you, and that therefore does not necessitate guarding? I drink jasmine tea every day (usually Yin Hao Jasmine by Upton Tea), so the taste wasn't at all unusual to me, and I'd venture to guess that serious jasmine fanatics won't have much trouble getting used to the idea.
The Desire in Sunlight website offers a few recipe suggestions for their products, and for the jasmine, recommends pouring the chocolate over fresh figs. A really good cook would undoubtedly come up with other delicious ideas, but since a) I'm incredibly lazy and b) I will go to any lengths to avoid actual food preparation, even if all it involves is pouring one food item over another food item, I just ate the entire jar with a spoon. Not at one sitting, mind you, but hey, the stuff doesn't keep forever. I made pretty short work of it.
The Desire in Sunlight chocolates will keep 4-6 weeks, refrigerated. They can be shipped from parfums.desireinsunlight.net (in Seattle) via 2 day mail in cooler temperatures, otherwise, overnight shipping is best. The Jasmin Chocolat is $18 for 6 oz or $24 for 9 oz. Other flavors: Lavender, Lime, Frangipani, Tuberose, Vervain and Blue Lotus. The chocolate truffles (which I have not tried) are available in Tuberose, Lotus and Jasmin.
Have other floral-chocolate recommendations? Do comment!
Note: images via Wikipedia.