Friday, October 5, 2012

ChocolateBet: October 4, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Madre Chocolate
Hawaiian Earl Grey (bar)
Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) piece/1.5 oz. (43 g.) total bar
Calories: 74 calories (estimate) in .5 oz. piece
Cost: $14.00 total bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

This limited edition, dark (70% cacao) Hawaiian Earl Grey bar from Madre Chocolate (Hawaii) was made with ingredients from Hawaii, including cacao from the Alae Estate, Hamakua; green tea leaves from Mauna Kea/Onomea (Hamakua blend) on the Big Island; and Hawaiian whole vanilla. The Hawaiian islands have been the only region/state in the U.S. with a suitable climate to grow cacao, making it a great state to live in if one wants to be close to the botanical ingredients that constitute bars like this. Madre Chocolate is a bean-to-bar maker that produces their bars in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Once warmed to room temperature, this thick bar -- adorned with cacao-related glyphs -- is fairly velvety in texture. The addition of bergamot gives the bar its characteristic Earl Grey tea flavor.

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.

Note: Due to travel this week, some posts/images may be delayed.

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