Chocolate of the Day:
Madagascar 67% dark chocolate bar with habanero salt
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) total bar
Calories: 172 calories (estimate) for 1/2 bar
Cost: $11.00 total bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, in Palo Alto, CA
This evening after a dinner of chocolate sausage (made with cacao nibs) -- more on this later -- I enjoyed a dark chocolate bar that captured the overlap of two chocolate theme weeks. (Today was Day #8 of Spicy Chocolate Theme Week, and Day #2 of Madagascar Chocolate Theme Week.)
This Madagascar 67% dark chocolate offering from Patric Chocolate (Columbia, MO) had a light sprinkle of salt crystals on the back side of the bar. Tiny, emerald-tinged salt gems had been infused with habanero chili pepper flavor.
The salt harmonized well with the chocolate that had citrusy fruit/acidic notes characteristic of Madagascar cacao beans. When it comes to chili flavor, it's hard to beat the smoky sweet peppers (like chipotle and ancho) when mixed with chocolate, but it was fun to try a bar with a light habanero kick.