Chocolate & Orange is already a much loved combination, so why rock the boat? Because cardamom makes it even better.
A little bit about Cardamom…
Native to the Indian subcontinent and Indonesia, the cardamom pod is used extensively as an aromatic in both savoury and sweet dishes across Asia. The flavour is a little like a savoury citrus zest, with an incredibly strong aroma. If your a fan of chai, then you will definitely recognise the distinct flavour it carrys.
It’s incredibly versatile and can be suitable for sweet as much as savoury, depending on the ingredient pairings. Alongside cumin, coriander and tumeric, it makes a wonderful curry. trade those for rose, pistachio and white chocolate and you have a beautiful dessert.
A little bit about orange…..
First cultivated in Southern Asia, but globally consumed. Orange is not really a flavour that needs to be explained. We enjoy as it is, we enjoy it in marmalade and we enjoy the flavour in a jaffa cake or chocolate bar. It has a flavour that stands strong on it’s own, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made stronger.
Cardamom meets chocolate & orange…
The sweetness the orange brings is balanced by the slight savoury note of cardamom. Yet the cardamom itself enhances the citrus fragrance of orange. The combination brings out the rich indulgence of the dark chocolate, without becoming overwhelmed by citrus sweetness. If you’ve never tried the combination before, it may take a moment for your taste buds to adjust. After that moment, you’ll never go back to plain chocolate orange again.