Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ChocolateBet: August 31, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1/4 bar
Kim's Chocolates
Cachet - Orange and Almonds (bar)
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 126 calories
Cost: $2.99 total bar
Purchased from: Crossroads Market, in Palo Alto, CA

What do you eat when you're too tired to cook dinner?  This evening's meal included part of a dark chocolate (57% cocoa solids) "Cachet" bar (made in Belgium by Kim's Chocolates) with orange and almonds.

The dark, smooth chocolate base was flecked with bits of almonds and candied orange zest -- although I'm not sure I would have recognized the latter bits as "orange" unless I'd read this on the label. I did detect a bit of a malt/grain flavor -- which is common with candied orange peel in chocolate.

I've experimented in the past with making/baking items with chocolate and citrus fruits, and I was surprised to find that citrus flavors dissipate more rapidly than I expected. I found including multiple sources of citrus flavor worked best to maintain some flavor: juice, rind, lemon or orange curd, liqueur, etc. In this case, the flavor dissipation culprit could also have been age. However, this bar was a bargain at $2.99, and was in excellent shape for being a few months old (and having been carted around in a bag for a few days).

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week, and Day #2 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.

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