Bay Leaf


I'm not really sure what to think about the current trend in chocolates to infuse them with strange herbs. It's not to say that a bay leaf is a strange herb, it's just a strange herb to have in a chocolate. Every time I see these sorts of chocolates I always question the motive of the chocolatier. I wonder if it's an actual mix of flavours that they tested and felt worked together, or if they just thought it was strange enough to sell. I worry sometimes that fine chocolate makers are trying to go down the same flavour paths as Willy Wonka or Jelly Belly.

The best part of this chocolate has to be the quality. The chocolate is very smooth and tasty, the chocolate cream in the middle is also smooth, and even the herb flavour is subtle and realistic. Having said that I'm not sure this herb flavour really added much to the chocolate. The best way to describe this would be to relate it to mint, but not a normal mint. It's like a strange mint flavour that doesn't really work with the fine chocolate.

The after taste is also really long lasting, in fact I can taste bay leaf long after all of the chocolate is gone, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. The quality of this treat ensures that this chocolate is not a complete failure, but the idea really isn't working for me at all.