Monday, February 24, 2014

Wild Ophelia - Smoked Chipotle bar - Feb. 24, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Wild Ophelia (Vosges Haut-Chocolat)
Smoked Chipotle Chili and Milk Chocolate bar
OK +
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 300 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $3.00 (sale price)
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Chili Theme Week, and the chocolate of the day was a Smoked Chipotle Chili Milk Chocolate bar from Wild Ophelia (part of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, based in Chicago, IL).

The bar's smoked chipotle chili powder and alder smoked salt were infused into a 41% cacao milk chocolate base. The flavors were balanced, and not overwhelming. My only quibble was that the milk chocolate itself seemed a bit bland, and slightly gummy once bitten off and chewed.

The flavor for this bar was inspired by "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" (book/movie), and was part of a series of Wild Ophelia branded bars designed with tie-ins to this story. Today's Smoked Chipotle Chili bar was dubbed (to be from) "District 7: Lumber" -- calling to mind (if you stretch the analogy) the wood-fired taste of smoked chili in this bar.
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