Saturday, September 22, 2012

ChocolateBet: September 22, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dark Chocolate with "Citrus" notes
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 2 oz. (58 g.) total bar
Calories: 145 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. serving
Cost: $3.99 total bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

TCHO (San Francisco, CA), a pioneer in educating the public about the different tastes and origins of cacao, created a "PureNotes" line of bars: Chocolatey, Nutty, Fruity and Citrus bars, so named for characteristic flavor notes. To make this Citrus 67% cacao dark chocolate bar, the company obtained organic beans from the Sambirano Valley of Madagascar, and crafted them into chocolate with light bright citrus notes characteristic of this region.

I had previously tasted a small Citrus 70% cacao version of this square bar in 2009; this 67% bar was a slightly different formulation. It was quite nice for savoring a la carte. However, I decided to melt a bar and used this luscious fondue for a fresh fig brunch plate with Tuscan Ricciarelli (gluten free almond) cookies (with traces of orange and vanilla); chopped almonds; a tiny glass of sherry; and a small cafe latte on the side. It's that time of year, when golden summer gives way to fall, where richer, darker flavors have a stronger appeal.

Today was Day #8 of Madagascar Chocolate Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate Figs and Coffee Theme Week.

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