Wednesday, May 20, 2009

ChocolateBet: May 20, 2009

Chocolate of the Day:

8-piece truffle collection box
J. Chocolatier
1.) Kulfi - White choc w/ green tea, cardomom and rose water - Yum
2.) Sesame Seed - Dark Choc. w/ black and white toasted sesame seeds - VG+-Yum (pictured above right)
3.) Lemon Pie - White chocolate w/ lemon zest and toasted almonds - VG - VG+
4.) Fleur de Sel Caramel - Very Good +
5.) Fresh Mint - Fresh spearmint and peppermint - VG - VG+
6.) Green Tea, Dried Fruit, Flowers & Drk. Choc. (topped with Matcha Green Tea Powder)
7.) Honey, Star Anise, Grapefuit Zest & Drk Choc. - VG-VG+
8.) Jasmine Tea (heart shape) - VG+ - Yum
Weight: ~ 3.9 oz. (110 g.) for 8-piece truffle collection box
Calories: ~585 calories (estimate)
Cost: $14.00 + shipping (online order)
Purchased from: J. Chocolatier, in Washington, D.C.

I used to work in Washington, D.C. when I was a young idealist. I have fond memories of walking to work and stopping at a bakery near Capitol Hill. The smell of fresh baked gingerbread people cookies was difficult to resist. Gingerbread heads: the breakfast of champions. So, while I haven't been in D.C. for awhile, I was happy to find J. Chocolatier online. The company looks like they are located a few blocks from where I used to live.

Thank you to Jane who put together a very nice assortment of chocolates.

The Jasmine Tea heart-shaped dark chocolate was perfect, with authentic jasmine flavor shining through. I don't count white chocolate, but (since I ate 6 "real" chocolates in the same sitting) I can say that J. Chocolatier's "Kulfi" was probably the best white chocolate I've tasted. I tend to like floral flavors like this (cardamom and rose water). And, the (chili?, coffee?) filling for the Sesame Seed chocolate complemented the toasted black and white seeds very nicely.

Chocolate countdown: 18 more days and I will have eaten 1,000 different chocolates.

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