Saturday, November 1, 2014

Charles Chocolate, Atelier d' Isabelle - Oct. 31, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Charles Chocolate
Candied Valencia and Almond bar
Weight: 1.34 oz. (38 g.) in 1 small bar
Calories: 200 calories (estimate) in 1 small bar
Cost: N/A - gift from a friend
Purchased from: N/A - gift from friend

Happy Halloween to all! One of the big chocolate holidays of the year in the U.S. Today was also Day #7 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

I'd like to think I would have appreciated finding a small bar like today's Candied Valencia and Almond bar from Charles Chocolates (San Francisco, CA) in my trick-or-treat bag when I was a child. I've always liked nuts, and this bar contained not only almonds, but also pistachios, sultanas (raisins) and pine nuts, giving it a fine crunchy nut and fruit taste and texture. Bits of candied Valencia orange peel gave this 41% milk chocolate bar a subtle citrus flavor.

Atelier d' Isabelle, LLC
Peru 64% Single Origin bar
Good +
Weight: 1.3 oz. (38 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 240 calories in 3 squares (1.3 oz.) of bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

My second Halloween treat today: part of a Peru 64% single origin dark chocolate bar from Atelier d' Isabelle, LLC (Burlingame, CA). This smooth dark chocolate bar was made in Belgium (by KC Chocolatier) but the design and lovely, vintage Halloween wrapper (featuring a young witch with pumpkins and a whisp of glitter) was provided by Atelier d' Isabelle.

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