Sunday, April 24, 2011

ChocolateBet: April 24, 2011

Chocolate of the Day
9 small pieces
L.A. Burdick
Bunny Box
Good + - Very Good
Weight: unknown
Calories: unknown
Purchased from: L.A. Burdick, Walpole, NH

Happy Easter to all -- a huge day for Easter egg hunts, chocolate eggs and rabbits in the U.S.

Given this occasion, L.A. Burdick's Bunny Box seemed to be a great chocolate choice. Today was also Day #26 of Chocolate Egg Appreciation Theme Month. The Bunny Box, with a mix of bunnies, eggs and more, was carried out to the backyard for a chocolate garden feast. Overcast skies didn't deter us.

Out of the wooden box, I selected two chocolate bunnies (white chocolate outside with creamy chocolate filling, and ears made of almonds); 4 flavored marzipan eggs; and 3 different chocolate truffles. The remainder of this box was shared with others. Thank you to Emily and Alec for tasting help.

But these aren't chocolate eggs, some of you may be thinking. Yes, I discovered belatedly that the little fruit marzipan eggs didn't contain any chocolate; but these little gems were packed so closely together that the bunnies were wearing specks of egg sugar on their cheeks, so I made an exception here.

ChocolateBet: April 23, 2011

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

L.A. Burdick Chocolate

1.) Easter Rocher Egg (chocolate almond shell)
1 taste of egg shell
Very Good +
Cost: $35.00 (egg, pail and truffles)
Purchased from: L.A. Burdick Chocolate, Walpole, NH

2.) Easter Polka Dot Egg (dark shell)
Good + - Very Good
1/2 egg shell
Cost: $24 (for egg filled with truffles)
Purchased from: L.A. Burdick Chocolate, Walpole, NH

3.) Cognac miniature truffles (inside Easter eggs)
Very Good +

4.) Honey Caramel miniature truffles (inside Easter eggs)
Very Good +

Good chocolate is best when shared. Thank you to the Saturday crowd at The Chocolate Garage for helping me taste test the contents of these two L.A. Burdick Easter Eggs.

Both eggs were filled with assorted truffles, including miniature Cognac truffles (round-shaped, Dark Grenadian chocolate with cream and cognac, dusted in cocoa powder), and more rectangular-shaped Honey Caramel truffles (caramelized honey with herbs and vanilla, dusted in cocoa powder).

The truffles were bite-sized bits of heaven, but the egg shells themselves were also highly edible -- especially the Easter Rocher Egg shell -- made of dark chocolate covered caramelized almond pieces.

Today was Day #25 of Chocolate Egg Appreciation Theme Month.

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