Thursday, August 9, 2012

ChocolateBet: August 9, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Equal Exchange, Inc.
Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt
Weight:  oz. (37 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 9 piece/square serving
Cost: $ 3.99 total bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Los Altos, CA

Tasting today's Chocolate Caramel Crunch bar from Equal Exchange (West Bridgewater, MA), made me recall a time when Organic and fair trade chocolate was a new trend, occasionally associated with trade-offs in quality. My how far we've come since that time. The base chocolate in today's bar contained bright acid/fruit notes and hints of earth and olive as well -- amid tiny, crunchy shards of toffee-like caramel balanced with faint glimmers of salt.

This Chocolate Caramel Crunch bar (with 55% cocoa content) was made in Switzerland for Equal Exchange -- marrying time honored process manufacturing skills with great cacao from the Americas. Farmer co-ops in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru and Ecuador supply cacao for Equal Exchange bars.

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Caramel and Toffee Theme Week.

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