I would have never guessed the milk came from a camel… Makes me wonder what other kind of milk chocolate you can make…yak milk? goat’s milk? mother’s milk? Eeew. Some friends just got back from a trip to Turkey and they spent a day in Doha, Qatar, bringing back these goodies which we promptly had to taste. The camel’s milk chocolate was unusual in source, but not necessarily in taste. The chocolate seemed less creamy (though I would have expected the opposite to be true) and was a little grainy. So while it was good, I’m not sure I would go out of my way to seek it out like I might other types of chocolate.
A box of assorted Bateel dates dipped in chocolate brought a big smile to my face. I once spent several weeks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in the mid-1990′s, consulting for one of the many companies of a very savvy western-educated Prince, and I came across one of the earliest luxury boutiques of Bateel, a purveyor of gourmet dates, in his building that included the Four Seasons hotel. I LOVED THE BATEEL DATES. And at the time, 30 pounds lighter than I am now, devoured them with abandon. The Bateel story is an interesting one, read more about it here, as it’s quite unusual to find a home grown Saudi luxury food purveyor that elevated a local delicacy, the humble date, to a gourmet nibble.
Now Bateel sells all kinds of goodies like chocolate dipped dates, dates stuffed with nuts and dipped in chocolate, etc. They also have cafes and shops all over the place… somehow I knew then they had a good thing going then and I am glad to see them doing so well. Many thanks to M&R for the pasalubongs, you are both conspiring to keep me fatter than I would like. :)