28 September 2012

Masala Chai Milk Chocolate (Selfridges) [By @SpectreUK]

My local Indian Restaurant, called Diva, serves Masala Chai tea, which I always enjoy after my curry and chips. This Masala Chai Milk Chocolate Tbar was produced in Great Britain by Artisan Du Chocolat. The 45g bar contained 40% cocoa and 24% milk, with ingredients containing cow’s milk, soya lecithin, and possibly traces of nuts, gluten and sesame, and included; cane sugar, whole milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa beans, and Masala Chai tea, which was a mixture of Assam black tea, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and natural flavours. The Masala Chai recipe originally came from the coastal state of Gujarat and was a concoction of Assam tea and Indian herbs and spices. The recipe was first obtained from ancient Ayurvedic medical texts, and was used as herbal medicine. This Tbar had a rich melt-in-the-mouth milk chocolate with a spicy Masala Chai tea aroma. The main flavours within the milk chocolate that stood out were cinnamon, cardamom and ginger in that order on my tastebuds, leaving a silky yet slightly bitter aftertaste of ginger and milk chocolate. These flavours screamed of the finishing stages of summer and of the coming of the cold wet autumn, with the warming effects of the spices and the added luxury of the delicious milk chocolate. This chocolate bar would be a perfect after dinner treat, and I’d recommend washing it down with a cup of Spiced Masala Tea.
By Spectre

1 comment:

bob said...

Masala Chai is actually a non-intoxicating version of 'Bhang'.
It was originally made with milk, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Ginger, Jaggery and Cannabis.
It's still popular at Hindu religious festivals and with day-labourers.
Innocent stuff, really, although some people trying it for the first time can get rather loopy after a cup or two.