Friday, April 19, 2013

Hazelnut and Walnut bar - April 19, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

E. Wedel (LOTTE/Wedel sp. z o.o.)
Maestria Hazelnuts and Walnuts Dark 55% bar
Good +
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in 2/5 bar / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 212 calories (estimate) in 2/5 bar
Cost: $2.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Crossroads World Market, Palo Alto, CA

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

This E. Wedel (now part of LOTTE/Wedel) Hazelnuts and Walnuts bar (from Poland) was good by itself; and it played well with other food and drink items -- in the way that 55% cocoa, or dark milk, chocolate often does.

Specifically, the earthy, nutty and sweet flavors in this chocolate matched very nicely with an iced tea cocktail I made: 2 parts chilled Tazo Chai iced tea and 1 part Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur from Italy).

My hunch is that a similar cocktail with green walnut liqueur (liqueur de noix or Nocino), also from Italy), would be a good pairing with this chocolate as well.

This bar might also be a natural fit with fruit, cheese and nuts, and other dessert plate items with a tiny snifter of brandy or port.

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