Thursday, May 17, 2012

ChocolateBet: May 17, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Hot Chipotle Chocolate
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 1.56 oz. (44 g.) (estimate) for 4 pieces
Calories: 239 calories (estimate) for 4 pieces
Cost: $10.00 for 8-piece box
Purchased from: Rockwall Wine Company, in Alameda, CA

Last week I brought home some new boxes of CocoTutti ( chocolates.

And then, my apologies to CocoTutti, I made a terrible, rookie mistake a few days later -- after trying some of the company's wonderful pieces with liquid caramel centers, and lavender and lemon piece.

I left these on my dining room table under a skylight. And, just a few minutes later, the result was a partial meltdown (see image at right).

The solution: I melted three pieces of "Hot Chipotle Chocolate" (and one piece of "Raspberry - with housemade jam") chocolates in a small cup, and the result was a fantastic, rich drinking chocolate with just the right spicy chipotle kick. While I recommend enjoying these in unmelted form, it's good to know that good chocolates can be enjoyed in beverage or fondue form in an emergency.

Today was Day #1 of Chocolate Beverage Theme Week.

ChocolateBet: May 16, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

The Tea Room
Almond Caramel dark chocolate bar
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 1.8 oz. (51 g.) total bar
Calories: 280 calories
Cost: $n/a - sample
Purchased from: Rosie's Roses, in San Francisco, CA

In keeping with other tea infused bars, this relatively new Almond Caramel (organic) dark chocolate bar from The Tea Room (San Leandro, CA), was not oozing with caramel and nuts, but rather was lightly caramel and almond flavored.

I picked up the last Almond Caramel bar left in a beautiful arrangement of Tea Room bars in a basket at Rosie's Roses in San Francisco, CA.
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