Thursday, December 22, 2011

ChocolateBet: December 22, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1 piece
Vosges Haut Chocolat
Peppermint Candy Cane Truffle
Weight: .4 oz. (11.3 g.) / 6.4 oz. (181 g.) total 16-piece assortment box
Calories: 60 calories
Cost: $part of a larger ($43) holiday truffle assortment box
Purchased from: Vosges, Chicago, IL

Happy holidays to all. I've been building up to a candy cane and chocolate crescendo before Christmas this year. Today's chocolate, a  candy cane truffle from Vosges (Chicago, IL), made with 65% dark chocolate, arrived nestled in an attractive, holiday assortment box.

Even though the candy cane bits on top had started to fuse together/melt -- perhaps due to holiday excitement and/or being shipped halfway across the U.S. -- the smooth, dark filling helped pull together the tasting experience.

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Peppermint Candy Cane Theme Week.

ChocolateBet: December 21, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1/2 bar
Theo Chocolate
Peppermint Stick - Dark Chocolate bar
Good +
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42 g.)/ 3 oz. (84 g.) total bar
Calories: 210 calories
Cost: $4.49 total bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Peppermint Candy Cane Theme Week.
This organic, fair trade, Theo Chocolate dark (70% cacao) bar flavored with peppermint had just the right level of sweetness -- not enough to obscure flavors, not overly sweet.

This bar was just thin enough to make the peppermint and chocolate flavors more accessible (important during winter weather when temperatures, and chocolate, may be colder). The dark "bite" that often marks single origin chocolates with more pronounced flavors/notes arrived later in the tasting curve.
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