Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giraudi - white chocolate bar + Italian hot chocolate - July 20, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

White chocolate bar with nuts and candied fruit
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 4.24 oz. (120 g.) in total package
Calories: 630 calories (estimate) in 1 package
Cost: N/A - gift (Thank you Claudia!)
Purchased from: Cafe Venetia, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Italy Theme Week.

This large white chocolate bar with nuts and candied fruit from Giraudi (Torino, Italy) was sweet and very tasty. The almonds, hazelnuts, pistachio and pine nuts helped add crunchy texture and were fine counterpoints to the sweet fruits and rich and creamy white chocolate.

Because I don't "count" white chocolate, I made some Italian hot chocolate to accompany this Giraudi bar.

I swizzled in a bit of Torani Raspberry syrup into some "European" style Sipping Chocolate (from Trader Joe's), and experimented with a tiny splash of Galliano (a sweet, herbal liqueur containing vanilla and anise) from Tuscany. (Amaretto (a sweet almond liqueur from Italy) or Frangelico (a hazelnut and herb flavored liqueur produced in Canale Italy) also would have been nice mix-ins.)

Cafe Venetia, a local cafe, in Palo Alto, CA, specializes in Italian coffees, chocolates and other treats.

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