Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ethereal - Black Cherry Lemonade bar - Dec. 31, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Ethereal Confections
66% Cacao Black Cherry Lemonade bar
Good +
Weight:  1.155 oz. (33 g.) / 3.5 oz. (99 g.) in total bar
Calories: 174 calories (estimate) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $7.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: online order (from Ethereal Confections)

Happy New Year's Eve to all.

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Lemon Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Cherry Theme Week. Flavor additions like cherry and lemon are perfect to perk up the colder, grayer days of winter. (This week I'm hoping that our freezing temperatures don't damage Meyer Lemon and other fruit trees in the area.)

The 66% Cacao "Filled with Black Cherry Lemonade Creamy Center" bar from Ethereal Confections (Woodstock, IL) contained just enough tart fruit flavor to give this bar a subtle lift, without any sugar overload.

The way ingredients were incorporated in this dairy and gluten-free, handcrafted "meltaway" bar showed why Ethereal chocolate makers and chocolatiers, Mary and Sara Ervin, deserve a little extra praise.

The black cherry notes came from black cherry balsamic vinegar, and the hint of subtle citrus was from lemon olive oil.

A bit of added coconut oil helped boost the already creamy smoothness of the base chocolate. (The organic chocolate base was made from cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter and soy lecithin. )

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