Why Sampaka Chocolates Has Convinced Me I Must Remarry

by Becky on May 15, 2013 · 6 comments

in Food, Travel

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Remember when you were a little kid, and when someone declared that they loved something, you’d chant, “Then why don’t you marry it!??” Let me just say of Sampaka Chocolates that I am ready to marry again. (No disrespect to my current partner, who is perfectly acceptable and a great Eleven O’Clock Dad.) Take a look at the goods, and you’ll certainly be willing to ratify my decision.

At the Sampaka store and chocolate café in downtown Barcelona, you’ll find artisan chocolates:  bars, truffles, ’tiles,’ creams and spreads, enrobed beans, and more. All divine. All perfectly marriageable. In fact, there is so much love in that place, I’ve watched people walk in, take off their dark glasses, and surrender, right on the spot, the depth of their spontaneous in-love-ness registering on their faces as a kind of beatific adoration, as if they’ve just seen Saint Someone-or-other with their own mortal eyes, except that what they’re probably seeing is the truffle bar.

And may I just gush about those?–the truffles, that is?  Fruit-infused, flower-infused, herb-infused, and the list goes on.  You have never seen–or tasted–such beauty, and believe me, I know my ganaches.

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Or maybe folks are feeling the chocolate-hazelnut cream (which is divine on homemade crepes–just saying).

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Or even the cacao powders for cooking, hot-chocolate-izing, and the like.

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The love grows in the café, where you can sip things both delicate and complex, enjoy gelatos and confections, and generally feel eternally grateful that all this belongs to you by virtue of your having entered into that most sacred of contracts.

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Marriage altar . . . chocolate altar. What’s the difference? Come worship:  Sampaka Chocolates, C/ Consell de Cent, 292, Barcelona.

Dad May 15, 2013 at 10:24 am

Does that mean you have considered exchanging me for two boxes of younger chocolates?

Becky May 15, 2013 at 10:42 am

Why–it’s Mr. Eleven O’Clock! As I live and breathe. To your question: hmm, that’s a toughie. Depends on whether both boxes have a disproportionate number of the dark truffles with the black currant ganache. Otherwise, definitely no. XO

Jen Piatt May 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The responses above made me laugh….and I want some of that chocolate!!!



Becky May 16, 2013 at 1:07 am

Luckily, Sampaka is just far enough away that I can’t get there without a metro ride or a LONG walk. Probably a good thing. Otherwise, I would make myself ridiculous, going in there all the time like a hopeless chocoholic. xx

Deb May 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Hi Dearest,
Love this post! And my mother LOVED the box of Sampaka fruit-infused chocolates I brought home from beautiful Barcelona. I gave them to her on Sunday, and they were gone by Wednesday (she shared only one). What do you say I come back again in June and get some more? 😉

Becky May 17, 2013 at 12:23 am

Eee! So happy she loved the truffles! (We knew she would.) Num. Oh, and come back anytime, dear. This is your city. xxx

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