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There's a lot of food love in Rarr Towers. But, truth be told, I'm not a stereotypical woman who loves chocolate. If I do get a craving it is usually for the dark stuff. If I do buy it, I tend to invest in good stuff - none of your Mars bar nonsense, I couldn't eat a whole one of those. And if I have actually bought it I'll only nibble a square. But the other day I decided, having seen mini bars of Montezuma's chocolate on sale in a London train station shop, that it was one of those occasions that I did fancy chocolate. Mr Rarr was doing the shopping so I asked for him to pick something up, and this name came to mind. Okay, what I actually asked for was a chocolatey carriage for my love affair with all things chilli, but he didn't disappoint. ***CHILLI, LIME AND CHOCOLATE*** A combination which first burst into my life when our office were sent a box of Thorntons as thanks for a project. That was a soft-centred offering and my god did I find it delightful. I love chilli, and I love lime. So when Mr Rarr came back offering me this, I was anticipating greatness. ***THE BAR*** Mine was a 100g Montezuma bar. This is milk chocolate with chilli and lime flavour. It comes in a neat cardboard box and foil wrapping inner. This particular bar was apparently invented for a Chilli festival in the South Downs, and was so well received that it's special edition status was revoked and it became a mainstay. Thank god for that! For your 100g the official website price is £2.39. Pricey compared to your Galaxy nonsense, but worth it. ***MONTEZUMA*** A British foodie independent business success - started in one shop in Brighton, and now one of the most trendy and popular chocolate ranges going. ***THE EAT*** Well a square of this is generous and it's milk chocolate rather than dark, so already I shouldn't be a fan. But I am. I love this flavour combination and the chocolate carrier isn't overpowering. It's a gorgeous mix, with smooth chocolate which isn't overly rich and isn't gritty or sugary. The lime kicks off first, fresh and fruity and zesty and uplifting, then you get a mild heat and a little kick afterwards, as well as the odd heat sensation down the back of the throat. The bar is about half a centimetre thick and has a nice crack to it when I bite through. What I love about it is that I can have a square on the go for a while - this isn't like Lindt where it melts in a second and you crave another (more a festive feeling for me). I can bite little chunks off my cube of chocolate and put the rest down for ten minutes, then revisit that combination of flavours playing off one another all over again. This isn't something you eat whole when you've been dumped by Mr Right Now. This is something to savour and enjoy, in moderation as chocolate should be and as a treat. Which it is. The product page on the company website has a quote in which the co-founder describes it as an unlikely combination, but for me it is anything but - two things I love wrapped in chocolate. I suspect that it is better treated by milk chocolate, that I would not normally choose, whilst dark would overpower the balance with bitterness, but I am so pleased this rocked up in my life. This is without doubt my current favourite milk chocolate and when I'm feeling really, really indulgent, I might even find myself cooking with this. Absolutely gorgeous, and totally recommended if you like your flavours to have massive personality.
Whilst looking at the Fair Trade stall at church my husband spotted a bar of chocolate he thought sounded different. Chilli and lime - a strange combination you may think, I know I did! I have heard of putting Chocolate into Chilli but not Chilli into chocolate and will Lime thrown in for good measure. *The box* The chocolate comes in a box, 16 x 8cm in size, the front is black with a shiny sort of watermark pattern and a lime green star and writing. It is made by Montezuma's and is Organic. The back of the box is mostly red in colour with a mixture of rather small black and white writing. Our bar was best before January 2012, so has a fairly long shelf life. Made in the UK it is a 100granm size bar. The bar is sealed in thin silver foil with black stars with an "M" on them. It says on the front "Creative chocolate from Britain made with Imagination and Love". *The Contents* The chocolate is milk and quite pale in colour. I thought at first that there were going to be 24 pieces, but the lower part of the bar is not marked but is flat with a star shape on it. Breaking isn't quite as simple to give people the same size pieces as at the top of the bar! *The Taste and Smell* I was surprised that I couldn't smell the chocolate at all as the Lime dominated. It also was the only flavour as I ate it, quite a sweet flavour, not unpleasant but not what I had expected. No sign of Chilli flavour at all which was rather disappointing. Help! As I swallowed the chocolate I felt a tingling/burning sensation down my throat and hurriedly had some coffee which fortunately was cool enough to drink! This was quite a surprise that I wasn't ready for, but it didn't put me off and I tried a second piece which had the same effect, Lime flavour and tingling/burning sensation. A strange combination but I enjoyed it in a slightly sadistic way! Painful pleasure! It wasn't just me though as my husband when questioned described similar feelings. *History* Montezuma's was founded in 2000 and they believe in trading fairly, not only with the way they purchase cocoa but with their packaging. More information is on their website - www.montezumas.co.uk The chocolate was made as a limited edition bar for a Chilli festival and they have been persuaded to make a permanent product. *Ingredients* The largest ingredient is organic sugar, then organic cocoa solids of 34%, organic milk powder 22.5%, less than 1% ground chilli, vanilla and lime oil. It is gluten free and suitable for Vegetarians. *Cost* It cost my husband £2.25 from the Fair trade stall and is also available online. Postage costs £4.95 from the Montezuma's website and the chocolate is £2.39, so we got a bargain! It's worth looking in Fair trade shops for a good deal. *Verdict?* Would I buy it again? I probably won't go out of the way to buy it but if my husband buys another bar I'll certainly help him eat it!