Sunday, November 30, 2014

Lindt Strawberry bar + Rose berry Shrub - Nov. 30, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Lindt and Sprungli
Strawberry Dark bar
OK+ - Good
Weight: .35 oz. (10 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 50 calories in 1 square
Cost: $2.50 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: CVS Pharmacy, Los Altos, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate, Rose and Strawberry Theme Week.

This Strawberry dark bar was a relative newcomer in the line of "Excellence" premium chocolate bars from Lindt and Sprungli (based in Switzerland; with manufacturing in France and operations in the U.S.).

I had a similar strawberry chocolate bar yesterday with excellent, natural-tasting pieces of organic, freeze-dried strawberries embedded in dark chocolate. Today's Lindt Strawberry dark (47%) bar was fine but the tiny strawberry bits in today's bar seemed to have an artificially pumped up flavor and aroma. I would have liked to try this bar with just natural strawberry flavoring.

Rose Strawberry "Shrub"
To accompany today's Strawberry chocolate bar I made a non-alcoholic version of a shrub (a cocktail made with a bit of fruit vinegar syrup). Rosewater, strawberry syrup, framboise (raspberry) vinegar, and a dash of berry anti-oxidant juice went into this virgin Rose Strawberry* Shrub, along with water and ice. It was very refreshing, and I look forward to trying this drink with other chocolate desserts in the future.

*As noted in a previous post, the rose family is quite large, and includes strawberries, raspberries, and other berries and fruits.

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