Sunday, September 30, 2012

ChocolateBet: September 30, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Christopher Elbow
No. 5 - Cafe - bar
Weight: .58 oz. (16.6 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 87 calories (estimate) in 1/6 bar
Cost: $7.00 total bar
Purchased from: Cocoa Bella, San Francisco, CA

I first became aware of Christopher Elbow's individual, filled chocolates and truffles.

More recently, I bought a few of the company's chocolate bars. Today, I tried Elbow's No. 5 - Cafe bar, a 61% dark chocolate bar with fresh roasted, ground coffee.

This bar was relatively thick, with a snap to it, and had a homogenized, faintly waxy texture that I've found characteristic of bars with added soy lecithin -- often added to give chocolate a smoother texture. The coffee flavor was subtle and there was no noticeable coffee ground grit or texture that I could detect. The choice of a sixty-one percent cocoa blend seemed to work well.

I loved eating this bar with fresh black mission figs and strawberries. But, then again, please forgive me, I've kind of gone cuckoo over black mission figs and chocolate, and coffee, this week.

Today was Day #9 of Chocolate, Figs and Coffee Theme Week.

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