A Medium Sized Haigh's Milk Chocolate Frog is one such experience. CakeKnifeIfiers, if you have never had the pleasure, this is mmm mmm mmm in milk chocolate. Chocolat au lait, all the way. It is frogtastical chocolaterificness, and from the very first moment it leapfrogs into your magical mouth, you will be croaking from the intense yumminess of it all. Milk chocolate is generally a more disappointing enterprise than The Dark Side. I find it hard to locate some good milks, probably because I like my chocolate deep, deep, deep, dirty rich and not too-milk tasting. You have already heard about my high brow Chocolate Eye Apple, the caffarel hazelnut chocolate bar from Simon Johnson, but I still have a home grown hero. The Strand Arcade in Sydney is home to some very delicious shops like Fleur Wood, Bettina Liano and The Corner Shop, but none is more delicious than the very busy, very bustling 19th Centuryesque wooden, glassed and high ceilinged Haigh's Chocolate Store on the George Street end of The Strand. In admitted arrogance, i'd always assumed that it was like other Australian chocolate shops selling overly sugared, unimpressive chunks of choc, the kind that looks All Show, and tastes No Go. Maybe the Fonz would have had an easier time saying he was wrong if he knew how decadently delicious it could be! I discovered my error when my Fairy Choc Mother, Clare B, having had a frog in medium size left over, generously bestowed upon me, in golden wrapper clad magic, her delightful excess.
Biting into one of these perfectly sized frogs is divine, rapturous Death By Chocolate. Haigh's chocolate is rich cubed (aka. richrichrich), it has a screamingly creamingly texture to it and binds so strongly. The texture, width and hardness of this bar could never be separated from the tantalizing taste. To bite into the froggy in order to secure between your excited teeth a little wonderous wedge, is much, much harder than it seems at first. People go to bite in, and then, saucily surprised by how hard it is, they sink their teeth in harder, crease their curious brows and give it another go or two, with much more force and focus. It is a hardness that commands respect. And when they finally succeed...a gentle and warm explosion of chocolate that is never too quick to surrender into melting, slowly reveals its sweet self through intense waves of pure, nutty milk chocolate flavour. It's gluggy, ThickSlickSuckMuck chocolating, it completely colonizes your mouth, a bite or two of this stuff can go a very long way. Usually, milk chocolate can be eaten in larger amounts than dark, because it's less intense. Haigh's milk, especially in frog form, is difficult to scoff in cadbury quantities, it's so resoundingly rich.
Peeling back the slinky, clinging WillyWonkaGoldenTicket gold wrapper is the perfect introduction to the descent that follows. You feel just like M. Antoinette deconstructing with trembling fingers the fumbling, frgaile foil, and the secret inside: It is a perfect indulgence for when subtle just won't do. CloseYourEyesCreamy SweetTreat StubbornToMeltSexy SinkingSinkingSinking MilkenedMagicMouthFeel LusciousLiftingDrifting chocolate. When you bring it your lips, this frog kisses you back with crescendos of aching, soaring creamy cocoa.
It comes in three sizes, a small frog, and a much larger frog, almost A4 sized. At just under $8, the medium size is perfect for one or two. It comes in dark as well. Perfectly moulded, you can really taste the Haigh's technique of putting it all together in the final, textured experience.
Haigh's Chocolate is Shop 1, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George St, Sydney. Website here.
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