Friday, March 5, 2010
ChocolateBet: March 5, 2010
1/3 bar + 4 saffron threads/stamens
Cherries and Almonds in Dark Chocolate (55% cacoa content) bar
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.)/ 3.2 oz. (90 g.) total bar (less than .25 gram for 4 saffron threads)
Calories: 149 calories for 1/3 bar (estimate)
Cost: $3.99 for total Chocolove bar
Purchased from: (lost purchase info)
Yes, it's true, I tainted this chocolate bar with flower stamens (saffron)*. I was inspired to heat these two ingredients together after I sampled another saffron-flavored chocolate awhile back (that hasn't appeared on this blog yet). Findings from this experiment: I am not an expert flavor mixer, but this combination has potential.
Chocolove bars come with love poems. This one (an excerpt from "Ask Me No More" by Thomas Carew) read, in part:
"...Ask me no more where Jove bestows,
When June is past, the fading rose;
For in your beauty's orient deep
These flowers, as in their causes, sleep..."
Well, this week, I too have been putting flowers to sleep, with chocolate.
*Saffron, the spice, comes from crocus flowers. The orange threads are actually stamens. There are only three stamens per flower, which is one reason why saffron is so expensive.
Day #5 of Chocolate and Flower Week