Thursday, September 3, 2015

Barlovento - 64 percent Venezuelan Sel Gris bar - Sept. 3, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Barlovento Chocolates
64 percent Venezuelan Sel Gris (Grey Sea Salt) bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.2 oz. (33.96 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $3.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Zombie Runner, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

This small, simply packaged 64% Venezuelan cacao bar was almost identical to yesterday's bar. Both were made locally in the San Francisco Bay Area by Barlovento Chocolates (Oakland, CA).

The only difference that I could see: today's bar incorporated Sel Gris (Grey Sea Salt) on the back. (Yesterday's bar was adorned with red sea salt.)

Perfect size for a single serving of fairly smooth dark chocolate. And, like yesterday's bar, the salt crystals were just the right size and distribution, creating a pleasing flavor blend.

Salt sometimes works to balance bitterness or sweetness in a dark chocolate bar; but the base Venezuelan chocolate was fairly smooth and not overly sweet. So no balancing or over-compensating was necessary.

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