Thursday, June 16, 2011

ChocolateBet: June 16, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1 serving
Hashahar Ha'ole
Special Cocoa Spread
Good +
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31 g.) / 1 lb. (454 g.) total container
Calories: 155 calories
Cost: $3.29 for 1 1b. container
Purchased from: Crossroads Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Bacon Theme Week. This not-for-everyone theme week has been great for finding new chocolates, and also playing mad scientist by combining various separate chocolate and bacon items in the kitchen.

I first tasted this Special Cocoa Spread (made "for filling of cakes and sandwiches") by itself on a small piece of toast (Rudi's gluten-free bread). This nut-free cocoa spread -- a cross between Nutella and homemade chocolate ganache -- was tasty on toast by itself. So, those who like simplicity, and don't care for bacon can stop reading here. I'm pretty sure this next step is not what the makers of this cocoa spread/filling had in mind.

For those still with me, I made another piece of toast with melted feta/cream cheese, and a piece of crisp, oven roasted Pancetta Americana (from La Quercia in Iowa). Yes, that's right. The piece of toast with cocoa spread was joined in unholy matrimony with the piece of toast with feta cheese and pancetta. I really enjoyed this sandwich. With the right ingredients, prepared correctly, this combination can be very good.

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