Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Patric Chocolate, The BOSS bar - July 31, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Patric Chocolate
The BOSS (bar)
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .766 oz. (21.66 g.) in 1/3 bar / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 115 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $free bar for future chocolate holder purchase
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, in Palo Alto, CA

Alan "Patric" McClure of Patric Chocolate (Columbia, MO) has put the "craft" in American handcrafted chocolate. It is with eager anticipation that I try new Patric Chocolate bars.

Today's limited edition* bar, The BOSS, was no exception. Salty milk chocolate with an even sprinkling of crunchy Rio (Caribe) cacao nibs.

A bit of added cocoa butter and milk powder made this bar very smooth, while still maintaining much of the pleasing, bright flavor associated with Patric's darker bars.

The nibs were embedded (at just the right depth) into the back of this bar. Tiny, high-quality, crystalline shards of cocoa bean, none too sharp, the nibs crunched down to wonderful bits of rich and concentrated cacao flavor.  There was just enough salt to round out and enrich flavors, not too much. Another winner from Patric.

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Cacao Nibs Theme Week.

*Note: This bar was made several months ago for The Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, CA, and continues to be very popular.

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