November 16, 2010

Intemperantia pave glace

A couple of weeks ago I received an email that said simply, "Do you do reviews on your site?" There was no salutation, no signature, and the sender was listed as, "mail." I was about to discard it as spam but curiosity got the better of me, and I googled the Web address attached to the word, "mail." My search turned up a chocolate Web site that looked very, very interesting, and I emailed back in the (briefest possible) affirmative.

I got another terse email similar to the first with a single statement about vegan pave glace that was "to die for." Well, OK. You got me. I sent my address. I just received a small mailing pouch with warnings about keeping it cool, filled with a melted ice pack and a tiny, elegant, orange- dotted box approximately 1-1/2-inches by 2-1/2-inches by 1-inch, tied with a purple organdy bow. The tension mounted.

The opened box revealed a package of four small pieces of dark, cocoa-dusted chocolate.

These were clearly the sort of morsels that should be nibbled slowly, and enjoyed maximally. At this point I was tempted to whisk the little box off to a secret location and inhale the contents by myself, but I did the right thing, and shared with my two co-tasters. I think we all were in agreement that this was chocolate of a higher level. It was silky, creamy, luscious and pleasurable in a way that's hard to describe adequately. This was possibly the most luxurious chocolate I've tried in recent memory. The way it kissed my tongue was so amazing I became concerned that it wasn't really vegan, and went to check the Intemperantia Web site again.

If you are looking for the perfect chocolate gift, wedding favor, or personal indulgence, consider Intemperantia. 100% organic chocolate made with 100% cocoa butter — no added oils, no artificial colors, preservatives or flavorings.

Disclaimer: Intemperantia sent me chocolates to sample but did not try to influence my review, nor did they require a review in exchange for their product. And they didn't pay me.



Over at Diet Dessert and Dogs, Ricki is giving away a fabulous baking package. Go check it out here.


  1. That does look elegant and enticing. I don't know that I would be able to share something so decadent!

  2. Wow, the chocolates do look good...but your description is even better. They sound wonderful.

    I like the little bit of mystery around their provenance...and in such a pretty package, it's sort of Alice in Wonderland-y.

  3. You lucky duck! Those look delicious.

  4. Wow those look amazing! Tell them to sell some a Chocolate Shoebox.

  5. Tiffany,
    If they were right there watching you, probably yes.

    The chocolate were stunning. Like liquid silk.

    Lucky, yes, but now I keep thinking I WANT MORE.

    I was thinking of asking Chocolate Shoe Box if they carried it.

  6. Ooooo, how cryptic! I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to go as far as you did with so little info. I think you already know how chicken I am to try new things with websites. :-) Anyhow, lucky you! But a question: did your other tasters know there were a total of four chocolate squares, or were they privy to only three? Hmm?

  7. Blessedmama,
    Well, yes they did. But at some point you just have to say, "it's my blog. I get the chocolate." And, I really needed that second piece to evaluate the product properly. Would you take my opinion seriously after just one piece? No, I didn't think so.

  8. I love delicate chocolates presented so beautifully. They really do make a perfect gift!

  9. I love the box - so cute! :) The chocolate sounds amazing as well.

  10. JL,
    This chocolate would make a really memorable gift!

    The box was great, and the chocolate was amazing!

  11. so mysterious, but it would be tough to turn down vegan chocolate in a cute box. mysteriously send me some chocolate, too, Intemperantia!


Thanks for visiting Andrea's easy vegan cooking. I love, and read, all of your comments! Please share your thoughts.

There are a few Amazon links in the posts. Thanks in advance if you click on one.

Note: ALL THE IMAGES FROM THIS BLOG WERE ACCIDENTALLY DELETED ON 1-21-12. I'M RESTORING THEM, POST BY POST, BUT IT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME. Recipe pages you visit may be missing photos, but all the text in intact. If you find a post without images, let me know so I can fix it. Thanks!