It looked so promising, wrapped up like that. I actually wasn’t planning on buying any chocolate when I entered the store. I just wanted to know why there were so many people inside and what was drawing them to this corner pasticceria. Was it the coffee? There was a crowd around the bar.
As I entered the pasticceria, my eyes were drawn to the left side of the room where a long counter stacked with chocolates was.
Perhaps this was the attraction. Or at least, it was for me.
I decided to sample a few items, but the ones that immediately caught my eye were these little chocolates with pretty green-gold leaves sticking out of the top.
The woman behind the counter said they were filled with liquor. I am not a big fan of liquor in chocolate (though I immensely enjoy both of them separately) so I wasn’t expecting to love it, but I couldn’t resist the packaging and fell for it like a fake Prada purse on Cola di Rienzo in Rome.
Of course, I wanted to see what was inside so I bit off a small piece of the chocolate. The chocolate wasn’t that good, but the color inside was shocking. Bright orange…I was intrigued. At this point, the insides, the liquor, started to pour out. I acted quick and snapped a photo.
At this point, I took a bite into the bright orange fruit and…..
…promptly spit it out directly into the waste basket before I vomited. And being the sadist I am, I made S try his as well to see if mine was bad, and he had the same reaction. Keeping the explanation of the taste to rated PG, it tasted of a male bodily function that I hope never to see featured in a filled chocolate. We immediately brushed our teeth. Yes, it was that bad.
So now I need your help.
Have you tasted one of these before? The fruit inside was the Physalis alkekengi, (alchechengi in Italian) also known as A Winter Cherry, Chinese Lantern Plant, Strawberry Ground Cherry….?
Tell me in the comments how it tasted to you (especially if you’ve had it inside a liquor-filled chocolate), and if you’re very familiar with it, how it should taste. Unfortunately this experiment left a bad taste in my mouth, and I’m not so eager to keep trying to prove myself wrong.
Help me redeem the Alchechengi! This was my last look before retiring it to my bin.