Monday, December 16, 2013

John and Kira's - Ginger and Star Anise chocolates - Dec. 16, 2013

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

John and Kira's
1.) Papohaku Ginger - Good +
2.) Starry Night - Good + - Very Good
Weight: .766 oz (21.7 g.) for 2 pieces / 5.75 oz. (163 g.) box
Calories: 115 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $ N/A previously recorded for this 15-piece Every Flavor Collection box ($32.00)
Purchased from: John and Kira's (online order)

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Holiday Spice Theme Week.

Yesterday's featured holiday spice was contained in a colorful, red, heart shaped chocolate from John and Kira's (Philadelphia, PA). A white chocolate ganache was infused with cinnamon and green pistachio nut bits.

Today's two chocolates also hailed from John and Kira's. Each featured a spice accent. The first piece was infused with a faint whisper of Papohaku Ginger (from Ellen Sugawara's farm on Molokai, Hawaii). Ginger and dark chocolate are a natural, harmonious match. I would have liked even a bit more ginger, but what was there was very nice; and those that prefer more subtle spice flavors will appreciate this piece.

The second chocolate, "Starry Night," was flavored with organic star anise and hints of licorice. If you like star anise, this well-executed chocolate was a great example what this spice has to offer. You might also like hot chocolate or a holiday cookie with a little cinnamon and star anise.

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