Saturday, May 17, 2014

Monique's Chocolates - Ecuador truffle - May 17, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Monique's Chocolates

1.) Ecuador truffle
Good + - Very Good
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) for 1 truffle
Cost: $2.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: Monique's Chocolates, Palo Alto, CA

2.) Chocolate Creme
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 3 oz. (estimate) in 1 small cup
Calories: unknown
Cost: $2.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: Monique's Chocolates, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

I've enjoyed single origin truffles and "liquid chocolate" (served either hot or iced cold) from Monique's Chocolates (Palo Alto, CA) for the past few years. Unfortunately, owner/founder Mark West will be moving to Paris in the coming year and will be closing down the Palo Alto shop. We'll miss Mark and family!

As a last hurrah (before they close their doors on June 15th), I ducked into Monique's for a liquid chocolate made from Ecuadorian cacao, but changed my mind and picked out an Ecuador truffle and a chilled Chocolate Creme made from Ecuador cacao instead. Both were quite good. The truffles had a soft dark chocolate ganache center with a rich, warm caramel flavor. And the cold Chocolate Creme, served in a small cup was richer with more concentrated authentic dark chocolate flavor than other chocolate cream or pudding type desserts. Quality ingredients do matter.

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