Thursday, June 6, 2013

Spicy Pecan Chocolate sorbet - June 6, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Scream Sorbet
Spicy Chocolate Pecan sorbet
Very Good
Weight: 3 oz. (84.9 g.) / 12 oz. (339.6 g.) in total container
Calories: 90 calories (estimate) in a 3 oz. serving
Cost: $8.00 (estimate) for 1 container
Purchased from: Scream Sorbet, Oakland, CA

I said farewell the last day of Spicy Chocolate Theme Week with a special treat -- a small bowl of Spicy Chocolate Pecan sorbet from Scream Sorbet (Oakland, CA) that I'd squirreled away in the back of my freezer, just for this occasion.

Why was this special? Two reasons. First, this was great sorbet. Second, Scream Sorbet shut its doors recently, to the disappointment of many die-hard fans -- a reminder to enjoy all of life's most wonderful things while they are here today.

Using a special process, Scream Sorbet created a range of flavors with very high quality, fresh ingredients, resulting in the best ice cream you've ever tasted, without the benefit of any cream or milk. And today's Spicy Chocolate Pecan was no exception, a product of the best organic pecans and Askinosie Soconusco (Mexico) cocoa powder. A dash of cayenne pepper gave just the right amount of spicy kick throughout.

There is a rumor that Scream Sorbet may re-open in some form (food truck? farmers market?) this month. One can hope.

Pacari - Chili bar - June 5, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Pacari Chocolate
Chili (bar)
Weight: .352 oz. (10 g.) in 1/5 bar / 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 60 kcals in 1/5 bar
Cost: $N/A - sample pack
Purchased from: N/A - sample pack, Pacari Chocolate table at San Francisco Fancy Food Show, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Spicy Chocolate Theme Week.

Today's Chili bar (Chocolate Fino Organico Con Aji (Merken Chili)) from Pacari Chocolate (Quito, Ecuador) was part of a 4-bar Andean Flavors Collection pack. The other three flavors were: Cuzco Pink Salt and Nibs, Lemongrass and Andean Blueberry.

The dark chocolate base was smooth and well balanced. And the smoked chili, coriander seeds and salt spice blend used to flavor the bar was very subtle -- barely detectable in fact.

Pacari Chocolate goes one better than bean-to-bar chocolate. Their tree-to-bar, organic (gluten and soy free) chocolate bars were "made by the batch" in Ecuador. The company partners with small cacao farmers for their cacao beans.

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