My Chocolate Drawer

June 6, 2012


I have a chocolate drawer. Yep. A whole drawer devoted to chocolate. My friends and family know this, they’re aware. They often request I open said drawer after a dinner catch up at home. It’s a quick dessert, you just snap open a block and pour some more vino. Easy. Done.

My chocolate drawer.


How did I create this drawer? It took a few good months of keen collection, involving purchasing multiple blocks of cocoa goodness when I saw a favourite block on sale. There’s a lot of Lindt in there, let’s be honest. And Koko Black dark chocolate slabs – yes, they’re slabs. They’re divine. Favourite. Ben will often buy me these for a treat.

 


But back to Lindt. I have multiple flavours in my drawer. I like to have a plethora of choices available for friends and family. We all have different tastes, you see. I like to cater. So when I was offered the chance to try Lindt’s Excellence Range a few weeks ago, what do you think I said…? Yes. I said yes. “Yes I do need more chocolate in my drawer. Thank you, kindly.” A week later I received a neat title package of Lindt, made up of the Sea Salt, Strawberry, Passionfruit and Coconut Intense blocks. Excellent.

I had already tried the Passionfruit Intense (mum promptly bought me some after seeing it for the first time a couple of months ago), and I must say I wasn’t a huge fan. It was too sweet for me. But I know of many who enjoy this flavour, the husband included. Last week I tried the Strawberry Intense and felt the same way about this block as I did the Passionfruit. I found it to be far too artificial tasting for my preference (despite the strawberry block containing freeze-dried strawberries). Give me the plain Lindt chocolate, without those embellishments, and I’m happy.

The Coconut Intense, on the other hand, was quite delightful. I suspected I’d enjoy this block, as I’ve been on a bit of a coconut rampage of late. It didn’t have the same crisp quality of the other blocks, due to all the soft coconut goodness in there, but it did have a beautiful flavour to it. It was a little on the sweet side (I’d prefer an overall greater dark chocolate percentage in these blocks), but a square would be a lovely way to finish a meal if you’ve got a coconut craving. I’d certainly reach for this block again. I feel it deserves a place in my chocolate drawer.


And the Sea Salt Intense? Well, do we even need to go there? I’ve been buying this block for a long time. It’s a thing. I adore it. The rich squares of smooth cocoa gold are exciting and spirited, and just full of salty sweet goodness. I have three blocks of Sea Salt Intense in my chocolate drawer, you know, just in case I need them. Yep, it’s a thing.


Thanks to Lindt for sending me your blocks to try. Coconut Intense will gladly join my beloved Sea Salt Intense in my chocolate drawer.

So there you go! In my chocolate drawer I have some Lindt, some Koko Black, some dark chocolate covered blueberries, and a few blocks of raw chocolate, thrown in for good measure (I enjoy Rawganic‘s range). Then it’s all cooking chocolate, baby. Chips, slabs and more. And some Wizz Fizz. What? Why is that in there? Never mind.

Clearly this chocolate drawer isn’t a good idea for people who don’t have great self-control. Some guys and gals are firmly in the “if it’s in the cupboard, I’ll eat it all in one go!” camp. But I think a chocolate drawer is a great lesson in practising self-restraint and portion control. A little square is all you need. Often half a square will do the trick. Things are a little different on girls nights, portions tend to inflate a little, but that’s life. I love my chocolate drawer. And so do my friends.


Do you have a chocolate drawer? If so, what’s in there? Any good brands I should include?


Heidi xo
  • Michelle Chin June 6, 2012 at 7:24 am

    i like the stuff i get from the deli section at the vic market. i don't really know what brands they are but i guess they are indie. 🙂 the stall is just next to koko black if i'm not mistaken. they sell lots of nuts and things like that.

  • Miss T June 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

    DAVID JONES FOOD HALL. They have a good range of Valhrona, for special.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

    that is one impressive and tasty drawer!!!!

  • Anna June 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    One word. LOVING EARTH COCONUT MYLK RAW CHOCOLATE.
    Oh, woops, that might be six words.
    Loving Earth is my favourite chocolate in the world. Such a great range. They're all raw, naturally sweetened, delicious, and made just up the road from me in Thornbury. Local love!

  • Anonymous June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I think you mean drawer.

  • Iron Chef Shellie June 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You of all people I wouldn't suspect to have a chocolate drawer! Although you do have good stuff, not they crappy candy bars full of sugar.

  • onika June 6, 2012 at 9:34 am

    LINDT PLEASE SEND ME SAMPLES TOO….
    i second anna – i am addicted to the coconut mylk!! i posted on it a while back.

    we have a chocolate section in the fridge (you know those compartments meant for butter or cheese or something) w lindt dark 85%, lindt sea salt, lindt roasted almonds, lindt coconut, green & black dark maya gold (has herbs and something in it too – amaze!) and a cadbury peppermint block (i dont know how or why but it was there last night buried under all the good stuff!). we finish our evening with a square of sea salt. its my fave! i dont like the blueberry, passionfruit or strawberry lindt ranges – same thoughts as you- too sweet/artificially tasting! but the rest TO DIE.

    yum yum yum yum
    lets add chocolate to our cheese and wine weekend 🙂
    xx

  • Ali June 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    i love the lindt sea salt and lindt mint ones. yum!! I could not have a draw though – i'd eat it all too quickly!

  • Heidi June 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    yes, yes I do. hilarious. thank you 🙂

  • Heidi June 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Michelle – sounds delicious!

    Miss T – noted, thanks!!

    Lisa – hehe 🙂

    Anna – on it THANKS!

    Michelle – besides the wizz fizz :O hehe.

    Onika – lindt roasted almonds, my goodness I don't think I've tried that one…yes let's!!! Sounds amazing 🙂

    Ali – yes love the mint too!

    Heidi xo

  • Emma - Living through our renovations... June 6, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I don't have enough self control to have a chocolate drawer hehe!

    I want to try the coconut one. Yum! 🙂

  • CC11 June 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    HEAVEN!!!

    I could never have one though, chocolate is my only weakness and hubby would return to find me in a chocolate-coma on the floor next to the drawer haah

  • Lisa June 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I have a chocolate drawer at work! I often have lindor balls of lindt minis in there, I find a bar very hard to resist but individually wrapped pieces make for better self control.
    We also have a chocolate section in the fridge at home.
    Aldi do a great chocolate range which I love. However, I'm struggling to find something to live up to the peppermint dark chocolate with raspberry (freeze dried raspberries in mint infused dark chocolate) that the Curious Chocolatier used to make. Oh how I wish she hadn't given up the business and gone off to be a nurse. I know we need nurses, but I miss the chocolate!

  • Spencer June 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I need to set up my own chocolate draw like that!

  • Leah June 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I have a chocolate section. I always have a bunch of chocolate, in my pantry, that I collect and eat or cook with. Sometimes I dont get round to eating it all, and it sadly goes out of date…:(
    Love your chocolate drawer <3

  • Blithely Unaware June 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I love you for this
    I'd say chuck some callebaut in it if you don't have it already.

    xox

  • The InTolerant Chef June 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    How funny, I have a chocolate drawer too! Mine shares with my winter tops though as the kiddies would never think to look there 🙂
    I looove Lidnt chockie, I have yet to try the coconut but I was a big fan of the passion fruit, yummo!

  • mamacino June 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I have a hard enough time keeping Leo's little mits out of the granola! My chocolate drawer would need a lock!

  • Heidi June 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Emma – yes do try it, it's rather great!

    CC11 – hahaha 🙂

    Lisa – oh what a shame, that sounds divine!!

    Spencer – 🙂

    Leah – hate it when that happens!

    Blithely Unaware – I've never tried callebaut! Oh my, must find some…

    InTolerant Chef – that's so smart! I remember searching so hard to find my parent's stash haha!

    Mamacino – hehe I can imagine!

    Heidi xo

  • Lucie D'Alessandro June 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Ah, a woman after my own heart! My old mainstay was huge chunks of Valrhona semi-sweet, but these days I'm looking forward to experimenting with raw cacao, as soon as my diet allows. Can't wait to read more of your blog and see what you're making – love that you're making delicious dishes with whole, natural foods.

  • Oh, Natalie.. June 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I do not have one but after reading this, I am going to create one!

    I agree on all counts of the Lindt choc. I only got strawberry & coconut yesterday & the boy likes the strawberry (he also loves strawberry anything-fake), but I am having an affair with the coconut. Amazing!
    x

  • raDfooD June 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Um… definitely stopping by the Lindt Cafe on my way home tonight now!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Hehe I LOVE that you have a whole drawer related to chocolate! And here I am in a hotel and I'm dying for a square of it 😛

  • Hannah June 7, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Yep, twinsies! Heart xoxo

    P.S. Lady, I have seven different chocolate stashes. Out of control. I'm actually running out of time to eat it all, and have started eating just enough to review and handing the rest away wily-nily.

  • Elizabeth. June 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    ANNA. You took the words right out of my mouth! I LOVE this stuff – the coconut mylk one especially!

  • Heidi June 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Lucie – thank you so much, what a lovely comment! I've never tried Valrhona, thanks for the tip!

    Natalie – loving our tweets about chocolate, v happy that you now have a drawer hehe 🙂

    raDfooD – ok this is stimulating much for lindt love than I anticipated!!

    Lorraine – wish I could send you some!!

    Hannah – oh of course you would! you of all people. The situation must be seriously out of control for you to be handing it out. Get on top of it, Hannah!!!! hehe 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Lidia June 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Any chocolates from Monsieur Truffe!

  • Mrs Roma Tomato June 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

    After reading this I bought the coconut block, yum yum I am in love. Would love to have a drawer but I am one of those lacking in self-control people when it comes to chocolate. Next time I shall get the sea salt! I also rate the Loving Earth coconut chocolate, it is decadent.

  • Heidi June 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Lidia – I need to buy some of those! Whenever I have breakfast there I always peruse the goods but always feel guilty for spending more $$. Maybe for a birthday present 🙂

    Mrs Roma Tomato – firstly, excellent name 🙂 secondly, yes I'm keen to explore more loving earth chocolate!

    Heidi xo

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds June 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The Lindt dark chocolate strawberry chocolate is amaaaazing. The smell alone is divine!

  • Ashley June 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    How fabulous! I do think I want a chocolate drawer now! I was probably one of those people in the camp who would gobble up chocolate if it was in the pantry, but I'm getting a littttle bit better now. Although I would find it very hard to resist Koko Black slabs… 🙂