Wednesday, January 5, 2011

ChocolateBet: January 5, 2011

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1.) Dark Orange Cardamom chocolate cup with Lemon Lavender Sorbet
KSchocolat - Orange Cardamom, 72% Dark Chocolate small bar
Silver Moon Desserts Lavender Limoncello Sorbet
Very Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) (estimate)
Calories: 60 calories (estimate) for 1 cup
Cost: $(combination of several ingredients)
Purchased from: KSchocolat Chocolate was from Chocolate Covered, in San Francisco, CA; and Lavender Limoncello Sorbet was from Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA; the food-grade lavender buds, used for decoration on top, were from The Olive Press, in Sonoma, CA.

2.) Sweet Earth Chocolates
Cardamom Ginger Vegan Truffle
Very Good +
Weight: .45 oz. (12.7 g.) (estimate)
Calories: 72 calories (estimate)
Cost: $ N/A - gift
Purchased from: N/A - gift; thank you to Alec and Ardis

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week. Although today's flower (lavender) was also mixed with small amounts of citrus (orange and lemon) and spices (cardamom, allspice, ginger).

I melted a very small KShocolat Orange Cardamom dark chocolate (72%) bar in the microwave, and spread the melted chocolate into a cup mold. After the chocolate cup lining had started to harden, I spooned in a bit of frozen Lemon Lavender Sorbet (from Silver Moon Desserts), and topped this little chocolate dessert with a few lavender buds. This was the last of my stash of these Orange Cardamom bars from KShocolat. I'll have to take another chocolate field trip up to Chocolate Covered in San Francisco to see if this chocolate shop still carries their bars. Because I've already eaten this bar before (and I don't repeat chocolates on the blog), I had no choice but to eat a second chocolate.

Sticking with the cardamom and spice theme, I tried a Cardamom Ginger Vegan Truffle, from Sweet Earth Chocolates in San Luis Obispo, CA, that was part of a gift assortment box I was given over the holidays. This blend of cardamom and ginger was just right for my taste.

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