Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Sea Dog

I'd been given a bar of dark chocolate some time ago - Montezuma's Sea Dog. I loved the colour of the packaging and the idea of the unusual flavour - lime and sea salt. I kept it safe and sound wondering if I should cook with it or just savour it in its entire choclolatiness. Then I forgot about it. Working from home recently and feeling like chocolate was very much in order, I had a rummage around and found it. Well, no more thoughts of cooking with it, it was destined for immediate consumption.

Montezuma's have been making organic chocolate for the past 11 years. Started by husband and wife team, Helen and Simon Pattinson they have grown from their first small shop in Brighton to selling their products around the UK and online. I have tried a number of their bars over the years, some I've really enjoyed and others not so much.

Sea Dog (71%) - Ecuadorian cocoa solids, sugar, vanilla, sea salt, lime oil.
Even though I'm not an especial lover of dark chocolate, I wolfed the entire 100g bar and enjoyed every square of it. It smelt deliciously of chocolate, but with a faint whiff of lime. It was delicious; smooth, subtly salty with just the right amount of lime. The salt came and went at irregular intervals, which I really liked and the lime was not overpowering. In fact a pleasant salty limey tang was left in my mouth long after the chocolate had disappeared. Interestingly, this bar contains no lecithin - something I'm always being told is essential to make good quality chocolate. My major quibble with this bar, is that it doesn't appear to be organic. I had assumed that all their chocolate was, but that is obviously not the case.
9/10

26 comments:

  1. I too love the packaging and the flavour combo sounds awesome ... not unlike a certain beverage almost ;0)

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  2. You ate the whole bar in one sitting? You must have been having a bad work day! It does sound as if it should be eaten in one sitting though.

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  3. Its a bad day for me if I don't eat a whole bar in one sitting...

    What a great name for a chocolate though!

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  4. Love Montezuma chocolate - definitely looking for this one!

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  5. this is one gorgeous chocolates..the flavor is just amazing..
    new to your space..following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite
    Event: Letz Relishh Ice Creams

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  6. You're not really a lover of dark chocolate, Choc? That's surprising! That's an interesting flavour combination in the block, glad to know it worked well!

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  7. I loved this bar but you know I just assumed it was organic. Never even checked :-0lo

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  8. Fair point by Katescakesandbakes now I think about it ;)

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  9. You are so pro when it comes to chocolate..I had no idea to look for lecithin.

    Also, I thought they were organic too. It must be because of the packaging? Either way, it's good chocolate!

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  10. we've talked about Salt Dog before and as you know I LOVE it - could be my No 1 Fave after Mayan Gold. Have you tried the Orange and Geranium one?

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  11. Chele - I'll drink to that ;-)

    Kath - surely you know me enough my now to know I like my food and especially my chocolate. Looks as though you may be tempted though :)

    KatesCakes - ha ha, thank you, it's so nice to know I'm not the only one.

    Nic - it's well worth a search.

    Jay - thanks for stopping by.

    Celia - I'm wedded to dairy, so I like milk chocolate best. But I don't like sweet chocolate. This means I have a difficult time finding a milk chocolate with a high cocoa content - 50% to 60% is good.

    Gillian - it's a great flavoured bar. It was only in writing this post that I discovered it wasn't organic.

    Brittany - I am an inveterate reader of ingredients.

    Giggling Wombat - it is a fab flavour. Yes, I have tried that but wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. Peppermint and vanilla is pretty good though. Many I have still to try - good to have things to look forward to ;-0

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  12. I shouldn't have read this blog today. I have just returned to my strict healthy diet regime yesterday and reading this almost made me falter. Luckily, I wouldn't know where to purchase this chocolate bar. It is new to me. I will have to keep an eye out for it though.It sounds delicious. BTW I didn't think eating a whole chocolate bar was excessive. Certainly not by my standards! I was also very impressed that you had kept it so long. I don't have that sort of will power.

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  13. One of my favourites from Montezuma. The butterscotch one is the best!

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  14. I know I should! But you have to admit 100g of dark choc takes some eating - or is it just me?

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  15. By an odd coincidence I bought a bar of Sea Dog for the first time just a few hours before reading your post. I've just tried it and I like it a lot. I've often grated other Montezuma flavoured chocolate bars over fruit or ice cream desserts and that may be a good option here too. My wife insists that the Montezuma apple crumble milk chocolate bar is even nicer, but I'm not so sure.

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  16. SewHappy - ha ha I am by no means as restrained as I used to be, but I do like to savour the unusual and am a hoarder by nature. Waitrose sell Montezuma's as well as many independent shops. You can also buy online - not that I'm trying to tempt you or anything ;-)

    Baking Addict - amazingly, I haven't yet tried the butterscotch.

    Kath - normally I can only manage a small amount of dark chocolate at a time - which is probably just as well. But that's why I was so surprised by this one - I just couldn't help myself :-S

    Phil - I never think of grating chocolate over ice-cream, sounds just right for a good vanilla. And the apple crumble flavour sounds intriguing - another one I haven't tried.

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  17. How intriguing.. trying to imagine how lime chocolate tastes. I do like sea salt and dark choc though..mmm.. it kind of keeps your taste buds alert that every now and then you detect a salty taste. Remind me of when I was a kid and ate milk chocolate and ready salted crisps every other bite, sweet - salty :)

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  18. Love the packaging of this... actually and the name. Anything with lime in it would get my vote, I'd love to try this little number.

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  19. LF - now the crisp and chocolate thing is a new one on me. I do have a recipe somewhere for chocolate cake made with potatoes though!

    CityHippy - I think you'd like this one. But with your newly (ish) acquired chocolate skills you could try and make your own?

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  20. Oh I'd like some of that. Off to buy some online now, all your fault...

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  21. Oxslip - it's fun to have a little of the wicked temptress in my profile.

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  22. I am such a great fan of Montezumas! I think my favourite is the Dark Chocolate, Orange and Geranium (I am just addicted to anything with flower flavours!) but I heard that my brother tried a new bar recently and this is new to me as well. When I get back to England I must check them all out!

    At first I thought lime and salt to be unusual but suddenly remembered my favourite drink - a margarita! I'm so excited to try this chocolate! With a hint of tequila it could easily be margarita chocolate, no? This has just sparked an idea in my head - thank you for that!

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  23. Hazel - the classics are the best (maybe)! If you like margaritas I'm sure you'd like this. Now I'm intrigued to now what new flavour your brother discovered and what did he think of it.

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  24. An interesting flavour. The zestiness of the lime should give the chocolate quite a kick !

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  25. What an interesting flavour. It's a shame it's not organic.

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  26. Interesting and different.

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