Thursday, January 9, 2014

OCD - Big Ass Burtle - Jan. 9, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Obsessive Confection Disorder
Big Ass Burtle
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / "4 honkin' oz."
Calories: 150 calories (estimate)
Cost: $8.95 for 1 package
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

The label said "4 honkin' oz." Believe it. This was one "Big Ass Burtle," from Obsessive Confection Disorder (Pinole, CA).

The company specializes in vegan caramel creations; and the Big Ass Burtle was a giant deluxe vegan caramel, lightly flavored with coconut and seasoned with sea salt, a generous helping of toasted pecan pieces, and bittersweet chocolate. Coconut milk replaced the typical dairy milk/cream, and coconut butter the usual, well, (dairy) butter.

Creative head confectioner, Melodi Brooke Donahue, expresses her philosophy this way: We are "Vegan Caramel Whisperers"...who make sure that the (100% Cootie Free) ingredients are pure, vegan and cruelty free...We obsess so you don't have to. The company also uses local ingredients for flavor additions and recycled materials.

This hearty, hand-wrapped offering would be a fun dessert to bring to a lunch or dinner gathering, with a knife to cut into squares or slices. The Big Ass Burtle could serve 4-8 individuals (or more if cut into square pieces).

Today was Day #9 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Weeks. 

Patric Chocolate - Red Coconut Curry bar - Jan. 8, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Patric Chocolate
Red Coconut Curry bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .575 oz. (16.25 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 87 calories (estimate) in 1/4 bar
Cost: $9.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Patric Chocolate, online order

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Weeks. This afternoon it was time to spice things up with a piece of Red Coconut Curry bar from American handcrafted chocolate-maker, Patric Chocolate (Columbia, MO).

This (soy and gluten-free) dark chocolate (64% cocoa) "dish" was infused with lively ingredients (ginger sugar, lime, lemongrass) and a spicy kick (from smoked pimenton and arbol chiles). Thin shavings of coconut were nestled against the back of this interesting bar. The result: a fun ride and bar to share with others, with layered, exotic flavors -- that were competing with the chocolate a bit. Have a glass of water on hand for the chili finale.
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