WCNC's Larry Sprinkle interviewed Andy during Valentines 2013 and called this bark 'Sweet with Heat' and he's right.
Like any of our spicy products we like a balance between flavor and heat. Peppers by nature have some great flavor properties. An ancho pepper has a wonderful raisin / plum like taste and when combined with blueberries--well it's a great combo. The heat source are serrano peppers so you don't really catch the heat until you start to swallow. It builds a bit, levels off, and you are left with a nice warm buzz.
Now Andy is continually (jokingly) harassed by the spicy contingent of local chocolate lovers to create an even hotter version. The recipe is still in flux but he's managed to use some Piquin peppers to bump up the heat quite well so the heat / spice is enjoyed on the lips, tongue and through the swallow. It may not be enough for the die-hard-habanaero-swallowers but it is quite a treat if you like the heat. Order accordingly.
The Secret Chocolatier ships Tuesday through Thursday during most of the year to avoid chocolates and confections sitting in a warehouse over a weekend. During the Winter climates this may be relaxed and can be asked, contact us for more information.
Please pay attention to your tracking numbers and shipping estimates. Unless otherwise specified USPS Priority 2-3 Day is what we ship. Our products are packaged with ice and wrapped carefully but this will not stop a hot summer day and product exposure for the day. We do not use heat stabilizers (see wax & science) so enjoy our natural product how we intended.
The family really knows how to pack a little punch in a lot of flavor. This sweet treat has a nice kick of heat but not enough to make you not love the flavor. I hear Andy's working on something xtra hot with ghost peppers soon--watch out!