1.) Manoa Chocolate - Hawaii
Hamakua Hawaiian Crown 72% bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .75 oz. (21.3 g.) / 1.5 oz. (42.55 g.) total bar
Calories: 105 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 total bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
Armagnac, Fig truffle
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .4 oz. (11.32 g.) (estimate) part of 9 piece Harvest Moon truffle collection
Calories: 60 calories (estimate) for 1 piece
Cost: $27.00 total box of 9 truffles
Purchased from: Vosges.com
Today's (72%) Hamakua Hawaiian chocolate bar made by Manoa Chocolate was dark and rich but a bit too acidic for me (at least for eating first thing in the morning on an empty stomach). Others I shared this with (after dinner) thought it was just fine.
Later today I bid farewell to fig week(s) with a "Fig" truffle from Vosges Haut Chocolat (Chicago, IL). Part of this year's Vosges Harvest Moon collection, the organic, dried Turkish fig in this 65% truffle added some light taste and texture and complemented the Armagnac (French brandy) in the ganache center. The outside was covered with a sprinkling of chopped pistachio nuts.
Today was Day #12 of Chocolate, Figs and Coffee Theme Week, and Day #3 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.