Friday, October 5, 2012

ChocolateBet: October 5, 2012,

Chocolate of the Day: 

Keoki's Big Island
Half Ass Frosted Donkey Balls
Good +
Weight: 1.6 oz. (44.3 g.) 8 oz. (227 g.) total package of 10 balls
Calories: 240 calories (estimate) for 2 pieces
Cost: $11.95 for 1 package of 10 balls
Purchased from: (store on Kauai, Hawaii)

Put away the children or cover your ears if you're sensitive -- I'm covering a chocolate with a risque product name today.

Today's chocolate balls were a purchase made on a previous trip to Hawaii. There were many different flavors of Keoki's Big Island "Donkey Balls" on the shelves of a local coffee shop in Kauai, and I believe I bought one each of every flavor. This, sadly, was my last bag and flavor to try. It may be time for another trip to Hawaii.

I'd previously tried Half Ass, and (other flavors of) Frosted Donkey Balls -- but, not Half Ass Frosted Donkey Balls. These looked like jawbreakers dipped in powdered sugar from a distance.

Embedded in the center of each ball (made with both milk chocolate and dark chocolate), was a whole macadamia nut (macnut). Clever and substantial.

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.

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

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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