Saturday, September 5, 2015

Barlovento - 64 percent Venezuela bar with Kilauea Black salt - Sept. 5, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Barlovento Chocolates
64 percent Venezuelan bar with Kilauea Black salt
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.2 oz. (33.96 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 180 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $3.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Zombie Runner, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

Today's Kilauea Black salt bar from Barlovento Chocolates (Oakland, CA) was the last in a series of four different salt bars from this Bay Area-based chocolatier, that specializes in chocolate bars and confections made with cacao grown in Venezuela.

Today's black salt bar was my favorite in this series. The dark crystals of salt from Hawaii (on the back of the bar) were slightly bigger (than those on other bars this week), and had a very subtle smoky flavor.


Barlovento - 64 percent Venezuelan with Himalaya Pink Salt bar - Sept. 4, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Barlovento Chocolates
64 percent Venezuelan with Himalaya Pink 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 #3 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

This 64 percent Venezuelan chocolate bar with Himalaya Pink Salt was the third in a series of four bars from Barlovento Chocolates (Oakland, CA) featured this week. All of these smaller, credit-card sized sized Barlovento bars have had different types of salts sprinkled on the back side.

Barlovento focuses on chocolate and confections made with Carenero cacao grown in Barlovento, Venezuela (east of Caracas).

*"Carenero" means, if I understand correctly, "the place in a port where they careen, or lean over, the ships" (presumably to clean or maintain them). I'm afraid I know more about chocolate than I do boats. So, feel free to set me straight if I've got this wrong.


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