Sunday, June 8, 2014

Moonstruck - Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee bar - June 8, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee bar
Weight: .75 oz. (21.25 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) total bar
Calories: 120 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Sigona's Farmers Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate and Butter Theme Week. I added a bonus day to this week, due to the variety of chocolate items that contain butter.

One of the reasons I like toffee, caramel, and chocolate-covered caramel turtle/terrapin items -- all of which have been featured this past week -- is the butter. It adds a certain richness and balance, and a hint of salt helps to accentuate certain flavors in chocolate -- as long as there is not too much sugar and salt.

The Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Toffee bar from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. (Portland, OR) was made with 31% milk chocolate, so it was relatively sweet. Tiny bits of embedded toffee gave the bar a slight, soft crunch. Despite the toffee, sea salt, almonds, sugar and other ingredients, I could, happily, still make out a faint hint of butter, my favorite part. The bar was stamped with the message: "Share if you dare."

I also paired pieces of this bar with Jeni's Browned Butter Almond Brittle Ice Cream, and topped this sundae with fresh pecan halves. This combination was a bit rich for a hot day outside, but the sundae was in a very small glass. Small-sized and shotglass desserts are always easier to justify, if you feel you need to do so.

Lula's Chocolates - Milk Chocolate Turtles - June 7, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Lula's Chocolates
Milk Chocolate Turtles
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: 3 oz. (85 g.) in 1 package of 2 turtles
Calories: 450 calories (estimate) in total package, 2 turtles
Cost: $5.75 for 1 package
Purchased from: More Than Caviar, Monterey, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Butter Theme Week.

Sometimes even a small amount of butter can make a big difference in flavor or texture. This was certainly the case for these rich-tasting milk chocolate covered caramel and pecan turtles from Lula's Chocolates (Monterey, CA).

The turtles also tasted quite fresh -- likely due to my buying them at "More Than Caviar" (Monterey, CA), a small shop located a short distance, across town, from where Lula's produces their line of caramels and chocolates, including butter cremes, turtles, toffees and rocky road chocolates.

Thank you to the folks at More Than Caviar for their helpful information about Lula's Chocolates, and Russian chocolates.

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