Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mariette - Cherry chocolates - Feb. 16, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Mariette Chocolates
1.) Cherry Jubilee
2.) Cordial Cherry
3.) Sour Cherry Cluster
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45.2 g.) (estimate) for 1 piece
Calories: 240 calories (estimate) for 3 pieces
Cost: $5.25 total purchase
Purchased from: Mariette Chocolates, San Jose, CA

Today was Day #12 of Chocolate and Cherries Theme Week.

What amazes me most about eating more than 2,700 different chocolate items in the past 7 1/2 years? The fact that I am still finding 100s of new chocolates every year, where I live in the San Francisco Bay Area still surprises me.

The bustling and innovative metropolis that is Silicon Valley is fertile ground for a high number of new products being introduced each year, for technology and chocolate. So, I wasn't surprised to find two more new chocolate sources this weekend while on a walk through the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, CA, with my friend Laurie.

Mariette Chocolates (San Jose, CA) had several chocolates with cherries in their display case. So, I picked up four of them, and sampled three of them today.

The Cherry Jubilee was a generously sized domed truffle, with a cute cherry stem "pigtail." The chocolate ganache (filling) contained a red cherry, reminiscent of the kind you'd pluck out of a Shirley Temple (non-alcoholic drink) as a child.

I bit carefully into the Cordial Cherry; the center was a deep red pool of cherry liquid. (Eat with caution or you may end of with cherry cordial spillage on your clothes.)

The Sour Cherry Cluster was an irregular shaped chocolate with small chunks of natural tasting, dried sour cherry.

I also picked up some (red coated) chocolate covered cherries at Mariette's; however I'll wait to feature those later.

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