Thursday, October 30, 2014

Truffettes de France - Orange Mallows - Oct. 30, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chocmod USA
Trufettes de France
Orange Mallows Dipped in Dark Chocolate
Good
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 7 oz. (200 g.) in total package
Calories: 120 calories in 3-piece serving
Cost: $4.99 for 1 package/box
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

Truffettes de France brand products come from Chocmod Chocolatier Confiseur (Roncq, France).


These Orange Mallows Dipped in Dark Chocolate had a very sweet filling comprised of a fluffy marshmallow layer topped with an "orange jam" layer. (The company also makes Cherry Mallows and Pear Mallows.)

Tomorrow is Halloween in the U.S., a holiday known for chocolates and candy for trick-or-treaters and spooky things. In keeping with these traditions, I tried something a little scary. I toned down the sweetness a bit by giving these mallows a sprinkle of black pepper and salt -- and it wasn't bad. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Endangered Species - Dark Orange bar - Oct. 29, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Endangered Species Chocolate
Organic Dark Chocolate and Organic Orange Flavor bar
Good +
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.39 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Chocolate and Orange land -- also known as Day #5 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week on ChocolateBanquet.

Yes, in addition to jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin lattes, citrus fruit, and lots of people wearing orange and black clothes to support the San Francisco Giants baseball team (who won the World Series this evening), there have been numerous combinations of chocolate and orange fruit/oil to celebrate this week.

Today's Organic Dark Chocolate and Organic Orange Flavor 70% cocoa bar was from Endangered Species Chocolate (Indianapolis, IN). The company donates 10% of net profits to species and habitat conservation. This 1.4 oz. bar is one in a line of 4 organic bars -- all picture an animal. This one features a zebra.










Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Caffarel - Cioccolato e Mandarinello - Oct. 28, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Caffarel
Cioccolato e Mandarinello
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) (estimate) in 2 pieces
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $2.60 for 2 pieces
Purchased from: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Sonoma, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

These Cioccolato e Mandarinello chocolates were from Caffarel (Italy). Caffarel is a subsidiary of Lindt and Sprungli.

Their dark chocolate domed shells were filled with a mandarin orange liqueur* infused, soft flowing center. It felt like a grown-up treat after all the sweet milk chocolates this week.

*Mandarinello is a mandarin orange liqueur similar to Limoncello







Sunday, October 26, 2014

jcoco orange bar, Whetstone milk oranges - Oct. 27, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

jcoco
cayenne veracruz orange bar
Very Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in 1 small bar (1 of 6 in set)
Calories: 150 calories in 1 small bar
Cost: $ N/A - from a friend (Thank you Toni!)
Purchased from: N/A - from a friend

This cayenne veracruz orange jcoco bar (affiliated with Seattle Chocolates) was what I'd call excellent white chocolate. The orange taste and spicy kick created a sweet, rich and well balanced flavor blend.

Because this chocolate did not contain cocoa solids (a requirement for my daily chocolate), I also had the following orange milk chocolates.

Whetstone Candy Company
Milk Chocolate Oranges
Good
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) in 4 pieces
Calories: 201 calories in 4 pieces
Cost: $ lost information
Purchased from: $ lost information

This bag of tiny, solid milk chocolate "oranges" with a hint of vanilla from Whetstone Candy Company, Inc. (St. Augustine, FL) were individually wrapped in orange foil. I'd been storing these in my chocolate vault, just for this very theme week.


Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.




Terry's Milk Chocolate Orange Segsations - Oct. 26, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Terry's Chocolate Orange
(Kraft Foods UK)
"Segsations" (package of 5 flavors)
1.) Milk Crispy with Orange
2.) Milk Chocolate with Orange
3.) Milk Chocolate with Dark Chocolate with Orange
Weight: 1.325 oz. (37.5 g.) (estimate for 3 pieces) / 11.66 oz (330 g.) in total package
Calories: 198 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $ N/A - from a friend who brought back from a holiday trip
Purchased from: N/A - from a friend

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

 This milk chocolate and orange trio from Terry's Chocolate Orange (Kraft Foods UK) consisted of three different, individually-wrapped, chocolates in the shape of orange slices. (The company's "Segsation" package contained 5 different flavors.)

Each slice contained a similar, smooth base of milk chocolate -- flavored with natural-tasting, real orange oil.

The Milk Crispy flavor also contained small pieces of crispy rice. And the third piece was a blend of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.



In addition to being stamped with a small Terry's logo on what would be the "peel" surface, each segment was etched with a short, cheery message: Big kiss, Do the twist!, and the helpful Chill out.


Terry's Exploding Orange Segments - Oct. 25, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Terry's Chocolate Orange
Segsations - package of 5 flavors
Exploding Candy flavor
Good - Good +
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) (estimate) in 2 pieces/ 330 g. in total box
Calories: 131 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: N/A - from a friend (Thank you Mary!)
Purchased from: N/A - from a friend (from London, UK)

Today kicks off Chocolate and Orange Theme Week. Orange and black colors are everywhere this week in the San Francisco Bay Area -- and not just because we're celebrating Halloween next week.

The San Francisco Giants (baseball) team is in the World Series; and after this evening (Game #4), they are tied with their rivals, the Kansas City Royals. The Giants team colors are, you guessed it, orange and black. After their come-from-behind victory this evening in San Francisco, fireworks filled the sky.

To celebrate the home team win, I enjoyed two Exploding Candy "Segsations," individually-wrapped chocolate orange segment-shaped pieces from Terry's Chocolate Orange (Kraft Foods UK).

These orange-flavored milk chocolate segments were embossed on one side with messages like "Kiss Kiss" and "Love Me," and a small Terry's logo. They were smooth and flavorful, and the tasting experience was punctuated with tiny, mild fizz-pop sensations from popping candy embedded in each piece.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chocolate Rocks - Oct. 24, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Chocolate Rocks
Good
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) (estimate) in 1 serving
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in 1 serving
Cost: N/A - gift from friend (Thank you Don)
Purchased from: N/A - gift from friend

As a follow-up to the Chocolate Legos featured yesterday, today's chocolate rocks could also be used as a construction material, or perhaps landscaping.

These colorful, and realistic looking, pebbles were solid chocolate on the inside.

Chocolatiers that specialize in these chocolate pebbles include Fiesta Candy (Chocolate Rocks) and Kimmie Candy Company (ChocoRocks).


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