Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Chocolate Gallery - Texas Crunch - Aug. 1, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

The Chocolate Gallery
Texas Crunch
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) (estimate) / 3 oz. (84.9 g.) in total bag
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) for 1/3 bag
Cost: $2.25 (guesstimate) for 1 bag
Purchased from: The Chocolate Gallery, Goleta, CA

Welcome to the first day of August, and Day #11 of Chocolate and Santa Barbara Theme Week.

The Chocolate Gallery is located in a shopping center in Goleta, CA -- just north of Santa Barbara. (And the company's first location was on State Street in Santa Barbara.)

The owners have been in the chocolate business for 35+ years. That's a long time to be a small business owner in any business. Hats off to them.

When picking out chocolates, I consulted with Karen Kegg (co-owner). When I asked about best sellers she pointed to today's Texas Crunch, available in either milk or dark chocolate. This bark-style confection was cut into squares and sold in small plastic bags. Karen (who grew up in Houston, TX, in a candy-making family) suggested the milk chocolate version of Texas Crunch, so I went with that.

A faint milk chocolate aroma wafted out when I opened the bag. These creamy + crunchy squares were sweet, but the bits of toffee (that supplied the crunch) helped off-set the sweetness. Toffee does that. It enables a chocolate to be quite sweet, but still enjoyable. The butterfat, butter and hint of salt in this house-made toffee roped me in.

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