Orange Toasted Sesame bar
Weight: 2.5 oz. (71 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 375 calories (estimate)
Cost: $8.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Draegers, San Mateo, CA
Today is Day #3 of Chocolate and Fruit Salad Theme Week; and I'm letting a chocolate bar inspire a similar salad.
I enjoyed an Orange Toasted Sesame bar from Michel Cluizel (Michel Cluizel USA is based in West Berlin, NJ). It was made with 55% cocoa and lovely, jewel-like, chewy candied orange bits. A touch of vanilla, and a sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds finished the bar nicely. The chocolate had a smooth, almost silky texture and mouth-feel.
This flavorful bar inspired me to make a sweet and savory orange sesame fruit salad, with a sweet citrus and ginger sesame dressing.
I also paired this orange sesame salad, and bar, with crunchy ginger peanut squarelettes from keen-wah, LLC (Chicago, IL).
All these items were creative takes on Asian-inspired cuisine. I've been told that oranges came from Asia originally. And, chocolate originated in the Americas many hundreds of years ago. It's wonderful to live in an age -- and place like the San Francisco Bay Area -- where so many fusions of cultures and foods can be found.