Wednesday, February 2, 2011

ChocolateBet: Feb. 2, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
3 pieces
Sweet Earth Chocolates
1.) Aztec Truffle - Good + - Very Good
2.) Apricot Habanero - Good +
3.) Aztec Creme - Good +
Weight: 1.32 oz. (37 grams) in 3 pieces
Calories: 190 calories (estimate)
Cost: N/A - gift (thank you Ardis, Alec)
Purchased from: N/A - gift

There is nothing like a few chilis to add some zing to a bite of chocolate. This trio of truffles and filled chocolates (made with Fair Trade chocolate by Sweet Earth Chocolates) yielded a mild case of chili surprise blow-out. I started with the Aztec Truffle (pictured back/top row, middle), with strong chili and cinnamon flavors infused in a dark ganache, and this resulted in a chili afterglow that bled over into the first bite of the Apricot Habanero chocolate (front right). I tasted a bit of the sweet apricot, and then was awash again in chili flavor. The third chocolate, an Aztec Creme (front left), had sweeter, nuttier flavors, I think. To be fair  to other chocolates in the future, I should take a break after a strong chili flavored item. One additional, pleasant surprise: these Sweet Earth chocolates were more than three weeks old (quite old for truffles), and they were still quite delicious.

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week. I'm most happy to report that in a world filled with dubious news, most chocolate-related surprises are positive ones.

Note: Artwork courtesy of Megan A. Hightower 
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