A Central Asian Chocolate Odyssey

07 May 2020

With Almaty’s lockdown showing tentative signs of easing – we’re now allowed out to exercise as well as shop, a bit of a celebration is called for and a root around the cupboards produced a splendid horde of country-themed, Central Asian chocolate .

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The Tower of Central Asian Chocolate

We unearthed some bars of chocolate named after Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan – perfect for a blindfold taste-test to see what Central Asia’s finest chocolate tastes like. To keep it interesting, we entered a wildcard – chocolate infused with kurut (a wind dried fermented milk product) from Kyrgyzstan.

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A cheesy wildcard with some great design work

Here are the blindfold taster’s notes:

  1. Dark but not too bitter, a bit orangey, quite like a hare – nice!
  2.  Unusual, something Englishy, something a bit like a fox, not very sweet, nice!
  3. Sweeter than the others, like a soft horse, chunkyish feel.
  4. Tobleroneish, darkish, a little bit bitter and chewy; like a naughty monkey.

Can you guess which description goes with which bar?

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5 thoughts on “A Central Asian Chocolate Odyssey

  1. 1. Dark but not too bitter, a bit orangey, quite like a hare – nice! (Uzbekistan)
    2. Unusual, something Englishy, something a bit like a fox, not very sweet, nice! (Kyrgyzstan)
    3. Sweeter than the others, like a soft horse, chunkyish feel. (Kazakhstan)
    4. Tobleroneish, darkish, a little bit bitter and chewy; like a naughty monkey. (Kyrgyzstan – kurut)

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