Sunday, April 19, 2015

Brazil Sundae + Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup - April 19, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

H. Fox and Co., Inc. (aka Fox's)
U-Bet Original Chocolate Flavor Syrup
Weight: 1 teaspoon / 22 oz. (624 g.) in 1 bottle
Calories: 20 calories in 1 teaspoon
Cost: $2.00 (estimate) for 1 bottle of syrup
Purchased from: Saul's Restaurant and Deli, Berkeley, CA

Today was Day #12 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Weeks.

When the weather gets hot, I start thinking about ice cream. What would a Brazilian-inspired acai ice cream, or a Brazilian ice cream sundae taste like? I wondered. Since it was Sunday, I made the latter.

The "Brazil" sundae had layers of coconut granola and chopped Brazil nuts, chocolate coconut ice cream, caramel rum tres leches ice cream, and coffee liqueur from Latin America. It was topped with a light drizzle of American-made Fox's U-Bet chocolate syrup.*

*H. Fox and Co., Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) is a century-old company that makes ice cream syrups and several other items. I had picked up a plastic squeeze bottle of Fox's U-Bet Original Chocolate Flavor Syrup during a deli visit in Berkeley, CA. U-Bet chocolate syrup is also famous for being a key ingredient in chocolate egg cream sodas.

New York Egg Cream
In a tall glass, pour...
1/2 inch of Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Syrup
3/4 inch of whole milk
Add carbonated water, and mix briskly

Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates - Caipirinha, Black Currant - April 18, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates and Desserts
Black Currant
Good - Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) (estimate) in 1 piece
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $17.00 + $15.64 (shipping) = $24.35 for a box of 8 chocolates 
Purchased from: Coastal Mist Fine Chocolates and Desserts, online order

Today was Day #11 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Weeks.

Caipirinha is considered the national cocktail of Brazil. The drink is made with Brazilian sugar cane brandy, lime and cane sugar (or sugar cane juice).

So, I was excited to feature a Caipirinha-inspired chocolate as part of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Weeks.

I got close, but unfortunately, Coastal Mist was out of their Caipirinha confection -- filled with a "dark Belgian chocolate ganache mixed with muddled fresh limes and Brazilian cachaca."

Instead I was able to try two other filled Coastal Mist chocolates: a "Black and Gold" (six types of chocolate + nibs) and a "Black Currant." I had the latter today. I enjoyed the creamy milk chocolate ganache that was infused with a subtle black currant flavor.

And, as a consolation, I made my own version of a Caipirinha later in the day, with the ingredients I had on hand. (Rum, brandy, cane sugar, lime, and chocolate bitters.) Saude! (a salute to your health) to all.

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