Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hibiscus Flower Sundae - June 13, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (gelato)
Weight: 1/4 cup (52 g.) / 1 Pint (473 ml) total container
Calories: 115 calories in 1/4 cup
Cost: $6.99 (estimate) for 1 container
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

When thinking about incorporating hibiscus into an ice cream (or gelato) sundae, many intriguing possibilities popped into my head. The flavor combination that won out today:

A cool scoop of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (gelato) from Talenti (Minneapolis, MN), topped with Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Rose Syrup (Wild Hibiscus Flower Co., Australia), and chopped Lilikoi (passion fruit flavored) Macadamia Nuts (Ahualoa Farms, Hawaii).

The gelato was a pleasant collision of black raspberries, sugar, and flecks of dark chocolate. The wild hibiscus flowers in rose syrup were incredibly exotic, floral and not too sweet -- which I liked. The passion fruit flavored chopped nuts worked well. A bit of fresh coconut added to this sundae would have been great too.

Today was the last day of Chocolate and Hibiscus Theme Week.

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