Monday, April 22, 2013

Maracuya truffle - April 22, 2013

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Casa de Chocolates
Maracuya truffle
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .38 oz. (10.75 g.) (estimate) for 1 truffle
Calories: 57 calories (estimate) for 1 truffle
Cost: $N/A - part of larger assortment box
Purchased from: Casa de Chocolates, Berkeley, CA

Welcome to the first day of Chocolate and Latin America Theme Week.

I love chocolate field trips. Today I'm embarking on a big one -- a trip to the Toledo District of Belize (an important cacao growing area in the southern part of the country).

However, as a warm up, yesterday I visited  Casa de Chocolates in Berkeley California, a shop filled with chocolate bars, truffles/filled chocolates, hot chocolate, and other dessert items -- all with a unique Latin twist. (They were also selling some organic cacao beans from Belize.)

I bought a small box of truffles, a disc-shaped Mayan calendar, some Belize beans, and three small bars. The truffles were hard to resist, with flavors like: Maracuya (coconut milk and passion fruit); Mezcal with sal de gusano; Cajeta (made with goat's milk caramel); Tamarindo; and Chipotle Caramel.

Today I'm featuring the Maracuya (passion fruit) truffle, emblazoned with a pink skull wearing a hat. This chocolate was filled with a creamy blend of coconut milk and the tart-sweet passion fruit -- a great combination of flavors. I look forward to trying more of these truffles from Casa de Chocolates next month.

Note: Posts and photos will be delayed this week, due to travel, but the chocolate eating will continue unabated.

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