Thursday, February 27, 2014

Steve DeVries - Nibs Cluster - Feb. 27, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Steve DeVries
Nib Cluster(s)
Weight: .29 oz. (8.25 g.) / 1.16 oz. (33 g.) (estimate) total package of 4 pieces
Calories: 43 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $4.00 for 1 package of 4 pieces
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #1 of Chocolate and Nibs Theme Week.

Steve DeVries was one of the early craft (bean-to-bar), chocolate makers in the U.S. this century.

I was intrigued by a small unmarked plastic bag on a counter during a recent trip to The Chocolate Garage (Palo Alto, CA); and was delighted find out that these were Steve DeVries Nib Clusters.

The small dark chocolate rounds made from 80% cacao from Costa Rica were topped with caramelized cacao nibs (also from Costa Rica) -- a recipe for fine dark, complex flavors and textures if executed correctly, and it was.

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