Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Moonstruck Chocolate - Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Santa - Dec. 24, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Santa Claus
Good ++
Weight: 2.5 oz. (70.75 g.) / 3.35 oz. (95 g.) in total package
Calories: 375 calories (estimate) in 2.5 oz. (70.75 g.) portion
Cost: N/A - gift (thank you Toni!)
Purchased from: N/A - gift

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Lemon Theme Week. (My theme weeks often overlap, especially when/if there is a promising seasonal or flavor triad like today.)

A red night shirt I used to have many years ago read: "Dear Santa, I want it all." Well, when it comes to chocolate, and many other things, I certainly have an abundant life indeed and feel very grateful this year to be able to celebrate this holiday season with friends and family.

The fresh-tasting, Dark Chocolate Rocky Road Santa Claus from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. (Portland, OR) was a perfect centerpiece for the lemon and hazelnut cookie plate to be left out near the fireplace for the Big Man to arrive this evening. It was loaded with little marshmallows and bits of pecan, as could be seen from the back view (pictured at right).

Happy Christmas Eve to all who celebrate. Hope you're all snug and warm.

Schogetten - Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts - Dec. 23, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Ludwig Schokolade GmbH and Co. KG
(a member of the Kruger Group)
Schogetten - Alpine Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts
Good ++
Weight: 1.378 oz. (39 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total package of 18 pieces
Calories: 224 calories in 7-piece serving
Cost: $ unknown (lost receipt)
Purchased from: Crossroads Specialty Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week, and time for a German chocolate + hazelnut blend.

This "Schogetten - Alpine Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts" offering was from Ludwig Schokolade (a member of the Kruger Group, based in Germany).

Unlike many bars that are scored in a rectangular pattern that can be broken off into rectangular pieces, this milk chocolate with hazelnut product came packaged as 18 separate squares tightly nestled together in a bar shaped wrapper, making it easier to share with others.

The milk chocolate squares were smooth and quite good; bits of hazelnuts added the right amount of crunchy texture and flavor.

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