Raspberry-Balsamic Pear bar
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .23 oz. (6.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 35 calories (estimate) for 1/10 bar
Cost: $11.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
Today was the first day of Valentines Day Chocolates Week.
Alan ("Patric") McClure of Patric Chocolate (Columbia, MO) makes great chocolate, and any additional ingredients tend to be carefully designed to create layers of flavor and to complement the underlying cacao. Today's Raspberry-Balsamic Pear bar was no exception.
This ambitious, and very well balanced combination of raspberry, balsamic vinegar and pear essence was lovely. The chocolate was very smooth -- almost creamy, with slightly tangy fruit and raspberry flavor at the beginning; and the subtle pear flavor kicked in as part of the finish.
The only problem, Patric bars sell out quickly. And, alas, any plans to rush out and buy this bar for a Valentines Day gift for yourself or others may be foiled. This batch may already be gone.
Thank you to my seat-mates on the flight home today for tasting help.