Monday, April 18, 2011

ChocolateBet: April 18, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1/2 egg
Socola Chocolatier
Very Good+
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g.) / 3 oz. (84 g.) (estim.) total egg
Calories: 225 calories (estimate)
Cost: $10.00 total egg
Purchased from: Socola Chocolatier, at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon, San Francisco, CA

I like fresh fruit and eggs for breakfast, so this royal (King of Fruits) Durian Easter Egg was a fun find; and -- along with its smaller Durian Truffle cousin -- this Socola chocolate Easter egg was also Chocolate Banquet's Chocolate Challenge winner for the most unique chocolate at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. The Chocolate Salon was held yesterday at Fort Mason, by the bay, in San Francisco, CA.

To fully appreciate the challenges of working with an ingredient like the durian fruit, it must be noted that this is the only fruit I'm aware of that is banned on some forms of public transportation (buses, trains in some parts of Asia).

I once purchased a large scoop of durian ice cream (to go) and after carefully placing my cup of ice cream in a car cupholder, I proceeded to drive a 1/2 mile to my next stop where I could enjoy this unusual treat. However, I never made it. After less than two blocks, I pulled over and threw the ice cream overboard (into a public trash can). Such was the smell filling my car.

But, I'm not easily deterred, and neither are the two skilled sisters behind Socola Chocolatier (pictured above holding the Durian Easter Egg). I'm happy to say that this egg had a fresh tasting, white chocolate ganache filling that sparkled with tropical fruit flavor.

Today was Day #20 of Chocolate Egg Appreciation Theme Month (April).

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