Friday, December 27, 2013

John and Kira's - Mut Vitz Coffee Whiskey - Dec. 27, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

John and Kira's
Mut Vitz Coffee Whiskey chocolate
Good ++
Weight: .383 oz. (10.86 g.) / 5.75 oz. (163 g.) total 15-piece assortment box
Calories: 57 calories (estimate) for 1 piece
Cost: $32.00 total for original order, 15-piece Every Flavor Collection box
Purchased from: John and Kira's (online order)

Today was Day #3 of Holiday Spirits Theme Week.

I needed a boost this Christmas holiday week Friday a.m. I stayed up too late working last night, and I wanted to fully appreciate today. Time flies by too quickly not to enjoy your life and your chocolate. And, while I don't drink coffee anymore, I still love the smell and taste in small quantities, say, in a piece of chocolate.

Today's, Mut Vitz Coffee* Whiskey square -- enrobed in a thin layer of 62% Valrhona dark chocolate -- contained subtle infusions of coffee and whiskey in a creamy, Valrhona dark chocolate ganache (filling).

This piece was part of John and Kira's (Philadelphia, PA) 15-piece Every Flavor Collection box. (Other flavors have been previously featured.)

*The coffee used for this chocolate was "shade grown coffee from the fair-trade Mut Vitz Cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico."

Barlovento - Eggnog truffle - Dec. 26, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Eggnog Brandy truffle
Good +
Weight: .4 oz. (11.32 g.) (estimate) for 1 piece
Calories: 62 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $2.00 for 1 piece (if part of 4-piece box, otherwise $2.75 for 1)
Purchased from: Barlovento Chocolates, California Ave. Farmers Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was the Day after Christmas, and Day #2 of Holiday Spirits Theme Week. It was nice to still be unwrapping presents, like this dark shimmering Eggnog Brandy truffle from Barlovento Chocolates (Oakland, CA).

The Barlovento chocolates I bought this past week (at the local farmers market) were all made from Venezuelan dark chocolate, including this Eggnog truffle that was infused with very subtle spice and brandy flavors.

The rich, slightly acidic dark chocolate ganache (and dark couverture) dominated this truffle. Dark, bold and beautiful, with no sugary, white fluff.
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