Okay I was trying to do that Buzzfeed thing where the blog title is misleading, eye-catching, and makes you want to read more! But the dolphins we’re talking about today aren’t sea-dwellers, they’re Belgian chocolatiers. Yes, their company is called Dolfin. And the “night” part is their Noir dark chocolate bar (88% cacao; does contain soy lecithin). Um…gotcha?
I paid $6.99 for 2.47 oz., though I think my retailer marked it up considerably since the website lists it as €2.80, or about $3.82.
Dolfin is Belgium’s first carbon dioxide-neutral chocolatier. They’ve worked to reduce their own carbon emissions and are also offsetting greenhouse gas emissions through a waste processing project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. But that doesn’t seem to extend to eco-packaging. This resealable plastic envelope thingy is way more intense than most chocolate wrappers. I only expect packaging of this caliber out of Japan.
The packaging continues to intensify as I progress through unwrapping. Hopefully that foreshadows similar qualities in the chocolate. I’m impressed with how many different little icons are on this inner wrapper.
When I finally make it through to the chocolate, I’m delighted to see a glossy bar etched with demure but interesting diagonal lines. Each nicely-sized piece snaps beautifully, leaving a pleasant tapered edge. A luxuriously smooth product, rich and not at all bitter. It resists melting, and gathers a bit chalky on my tongue and cheeks. I predominantly taste notes of toasted almond, hazelnut, and cream.
Noir is neither fruity nor lively, but a cozy fireplace rug kind of treat. I’d hesitate to call it a dolphin at all, but if you’ve got to stick with the company name, I suppose “Noir” is correct. Imagine: after a long day of wave leaping and hunting, a pensive dolphin eats chocolate and gazes up at the moon…
Found at Cardullo’s
6 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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