Monday, December 7, 2015

flying noir - Brasilao - Dec. 7, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

flying noir
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: .4 oz. (11.32 g.) (estimate) in 1 piece
Calories: 60 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $12.00 (estimate) for a 6-piece "spirited" assortment box
Purchased from: flying noir table at Fall Chocolate Salon (San Francisco, CA)

Bem-Vindo (Welcome) to Day #1 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Today's purple pyramid-shaped, Brasilao chocolate was created by flying noir (Oakland, CA). This dark milk chocolate was filled with a soft lime (fresh lime juice, zest and pulp) caramel, flavored with Novo Foyo cachaca.*

flying noir chocolatier, Karen Urbanek, is a master of the bittersweet. The first thing you may notice upon biting into chocolates from her "spirited" collection (after marveling at the hand-painted exteriors) is an absence of sugar—leaving room for other flavors to develop and dance on your tongue.

*Cachaca is a distilled spirit found in the popular Brazilian cocktail—the caipirinha. Cachaca (also known as aguardente, pinga, and other names) is made from fresh sugarcane juice (vs. rum, which is typically made from molasses, a concentrated by-product of sugarcane juice processing). 

Alli and Rose - Dark Chocolate Powerberries - Dec. 6, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Alli and Rose
Dark Chocolate Powerberries
(pomegranate, blueberry, cranberry, acai berry with chia)
Weight: 3 oz. (85 g.) / 6 oz. (170 g.) in total package
Calories: 450 calories in 1/2 package
Cost: $3.69 for 1 package
Purchased from: Ross Stores, Mountain View, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and ABC (Apple, Baobab and Cranberry) Theme Week—with a slight foreshadowing* of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week (beginning tomorrow).

I enjoyed some dark chocolate covered "Powerberries" from Alli and Rose (Lincolnton, NC) today. The product description invited me to "taste the crunchy chia." I barely detected the chia, but the multi-berry filling had an authentic fruity flavor.

*Acai berries were one ingredient in today's chocolate; and they remind me of Brazil .... And, starting tomorrow, we're traveling (virtually) to that large South American country here on Chocolate Banquet.

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