Dick Taylor Ginger Snaps

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Who had THE most fun and magical time taking pictures of this chocolate? I did! Seriously, I am SO ready to blare the Neil Diamond and Charlie Brown Christmas while drinking some hot chocolate by the fire.
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Experience crumbled bits of handcrafted, spicy ginger snaps paired with Dick Taylor’s 70% Guatemala dark chocolate. Are you hungry yet?
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Normally these holiday bars are amped up with sugar and candy toppings (which, don’t get me wrong, I like) but I appreciate that this one stays true to my original love, dark chocolate.
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It has all the notes and bitterness of a dark chocolate with some texture and spice of the cookie and sugar crystals. I let it slowly melt in my mouth. First, I catch the espresso and fruit notes of the cacao and then comes the mild heat from the ginger and cayenne. I was expecting large chunks of cookie, but it seems mostly ground within the bar. Once the chocolate is melted away, I experience the ginger snap more fully. Molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla are then more present with a delightful cookie crumble texture. Of course, one can always just dive in and start chewing like any other inclusion bar, but I recommend the slow tasting method for this one.
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It is worth mentioning that Dick Taylor used ginger snaps made by “Bunches & Bunches” from Portland, Oregon. Check them out! (@eatmoretreats)

Emily Koons