Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ChocolateBet: April 6, 2011

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1.) The Hershey Co.
Special Dark Eggs - 3 eggs
Very Good - Very Good +
Weight: .59 oz. (16.7 g.) / 10 oz. (283 g.) total package
Calories: 72 calories
Cost: $3.59 total package
Purchased from: Lucky, Union City, CA

2.) Michel Cluizel
99% dark truffle
Very Good
Weight: .4 oz (11.3 g.) for 1 piece
Calories: 72 calories
Cost: $1.50  ($60.00/lb.)
Purchased from: CocoaBella, Westfield/Market St. location, in San Francisco, CA

Today we visit the dark side. Most chocolate eggs tend to be made from milk chocolate. Hershey's individually foil-wrapped Special Dark Eggs offered a dark alternative. And these eggs were quite good.

Could I go darker? While I couldn't find a 90%+ cacao-based egg this year, I did happen upon a Michel Cluizel "99%" truffle at CocoaBella Chocolates in San Francisco. The 99% in this case refers to the couverture; the dark ganache filling"would be slightly lower than 99%," I was told. I briefly thought about melting down some of these truffles to form an extremely dark egg, but I didn't want to defile a good truffle.

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