Thursday, March 28, 2013

Milk Chocolate Tiny Balls - March 28, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

KRM Distributors, LLC
Milk Chocolate Tiny Balls - Donkey Balls
Good - Good+
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) (estimate) for 4 balls / 4 oz. (114 g.) in total package
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 4 balls
Cost: $ N/A
Purchased from: Donkey Balls store, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week.

You can't visit the Big Island of Hawaii without catching a glimpse of Donkey Balls. Sold in several stores, bags of these chocolate covered macadamia nuts were adorned with pictures of Keoki, the Hawaiian shirt clad cartoon donkey.

Donkey Balls can be immersed in 20 layers of chocolate, resulting in a softer, rich chocolate version of a large, round candy jaw-breaker.

Today's "Tiny Balls" were smaller than standard size Donkey Balls, and were covered with milk chocolate. (Donkey Balls were also available in at least a dozen other flavor variations, some with dark chocolate.) Made with fewer layers than their larger siblings, these tinier balls allowed easier access to crunchy macadamia nut centers.

I enjoyed a hint of malt flavor note in these diminutive Donkey Balls, and the relatively dark, rich milk chocolate -- happily, a higher quality of cacao than I've found in some other whimsical offerings, or tourist-friendly travel shops. And, who wouldn't want to take home an item that flattered potential buyers with this statement: "Chocolate People Sure Are Smart!"

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