Thursday, May 20, 2010

ChocolateBet: May 20, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
3 small packages
Will Henri's Farm
Chocolate with Almonds
Very Good + - Yum
Weight: 2 oz. (56 g.) (estimate) for 3 small packages
Calories: 300 calories
Cost: $3.00 for 3 small packages
Purchased from: Cabin Fever, in Anchorage, Alaska

I enjoyed shopping in the Cabin Fever gift shop in downtown Anchorage. Thank you to the staff who pointed out the various local chocolate offerings in the store. Will Henri's Farm is a non-profit in Anchorage that teaches work skills to mentally, emotionally, or physically handicapped individuals. I felt good supporting this cause, and their Chocolate with Almonds offering was very good indeed. The almonds used in this handmade chocolate drops/discs tasted like they were hickory smoked almonds; they created a savory and sweet flavor blend that I really liked.

ChocolateBet: May 19, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:
4 truffles
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge
1.) Raspberry Grove - Very Good
2.) Blueberry Patch - Very Good
3.) Buna Burst - Very Good
4.) Cacao Wow - Very Good
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g.) (estimate) for 4 truffles
Calories: 240 calories for 4 truffles (estimate)
Cost: $11.80 for a 4-piece box of truffles
Purchased from: Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge, in midtown Anchorage, Alaska

I visited the Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge location in downtown Anchorage last week, and enjoyed trying their salmon and anchovy truffles, as well as a small sample of their drinking chocolate (very good). This was the final batch of truffles -- from the midtown location -- that I took to go when I left the city. They made it home intact after being jostled around and tipped over once during the long trip home to California, so you may see a bit of cocoa powder from the Buna Burst truffle (shown lower right) on the other truffles.

The Buna Burst truffle contained espresso and agave ganache, and was "rolled in dark chocolate," and then "rolled again in cocoa and cinnamon powder." Also shown: the Blueberry Patch truffle (upper right) with bittersweet blueberry ganache; the Raspberry Patch truffle (lower left) with bittersweet raspberry and maple ganache, enrobed in dark chocolate and finished with a luster finish; and the Cacao Wow truffle (upper left) with a dark 72% ganache and organic cacao nibs. Thank you again to the very helpful staff at the counter (in both locations) who helped field questions I had and allowed me to take a picture or two.
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