Today I’m kicking back and taking it slow with the impeccably stylish Sicilian chocolatier Sabadí. Just reading their mission statement makes me feel like I’m sitting outside a cafe, draped in something simple and tailored, gazing out over the jewel-bright Mediterranean sea.
Sabadí is perhaps the day that does not exist.
It’s the day when we slow down, we reflect on what is really important.
It’s the day when we think about what the quality of life really is and what we are doing to achieve it.
It’s the day when we try to take the time to enjoy the little things.
It’s the day when we find the forgotten taste of apricots that we picked in the country as children.
It’s the day when we discover how different one apple can be from another.
Isn’t it beautiful? So much for apples-to-apples comparison! How ’bout them apples?!
Okay enough apples. Time for chocolate. Sabadí is a proud member of the Slow Food movement, and devotes itself to organic, raw, fair trade chocolate produced through an “age-old Modica cold-working process.” Similar to Bostonian chocolatier Taza, Sabadí’s chocolate is stone-ground, and therefore stays at a lower temperature than more common conched chocolate. Sabadí touts their low-temp method as preserving more of the cacao’s unique flavors; it also produces a unique texture that I’ll talk about more below.
Their product is minimalist, with only two to three ingredients per bar: cacao beans, unbleached cane sugar, and maybe a flavoring, which include citrus, herbs, or spices, but no extracts or artificial additives. Sabadí calls all of this an “upright process that excuses no cheats.”
I also have to give their package designer major props. Each bar bears its own funny, expressive creature to embodies the flavors that enhance the chocolate. Most are anthropomorphized ingredients (like this prim cinnamon stick or lavishly mustachioed lemon), but my sea salt bar sports the zaniest little sea god that I’ve ever seen.
The Tritone bar, according to Sabadí’s website, suits “anyone looking for strong emotions.” I guess I fit the bill. Anyway, the chocolate releases a billowy sweet smell when I unwrap it, but the first flavor that hits is actually the salt. The sea salt spreads round savory tones over my tongue, coppery and warm and earthy. Upon chewing, I discover a fine grit from the sugar, which crunches into little bursts of sweetness. This is a hard, crumbly chocolate, very toothsome and bold. Delicious and ancient. Highly recommend.
$6.80 for 1.76 oz
Found at Eataly Chicago
43 East Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
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