Saturday, July 5, 2014

Branson's Chocolates - Coconut bar - July 5, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

Branson's Chocolates, LLC
Coconut Bar
Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (56.7 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 260 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.85 for 1 bar (discounted "Oops" bar)
Purchased from: Branson's Chocolates, Ashland, OR

Today was the last day of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week, and the beginning of a series of chocolates found in Southern Oregon this week.

I was in Southern Oregon for the 4th of July weekend -- primarily in the towns of Ashland and Medford, and was able to investigate some of the local chocolatiers. The first stop we made was Branson's Chocolates, LLC (Ashland, OR).

The good folks at Branson's had truffles, bars, fudge and other confections on display when I visited. Today's Coconut Bar was in the "Oops" pile of bars. I'm not sure why, as this bar -- made with 58% semi-sweet chocolate, and filled with a coconut cream filling -- looked and tasted perfectly fine.

Additional Fun in Jacksonville, OR 
We also drove to the historic town of Jacksonville, Oregon, northwest of Branson's Chocolates (Ashland) mentioned above.

In our stroll through town stopped at the Jacksonville Mercantile, where I purchased two Coconut Curry chocolates from Europe, and a Hagensborg chocolate bar (from Canada) for future consumption.

We concluded our walk with a stop at a local Saloon -- for a shot of local lovely berry infused "Wild Roots" vodka (made in Bend, Oregon) over ice. This would surely pair well with several dark chocolates.

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