Thursday, January 28, 2016

Vosges - Chestnut Honey Almond bar - Jan. 28, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Vosges Haut-Chocolat
Chestnut Honey and Almond bar
Good +
Weight: 2.25 oz. (64 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 285 calories in 3/4 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate, Honey and Almonds Theme Week.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat (Chicago, IL) offers chocolate bars with a wide variety of flavor inclusions—including honey and almonds.

Today's bar also incorporated a relatively unusual ingredient: chestnuts. These tree nuts have a sweet, nutty, mildly earthy baked potato flavor. My first chestnut memory: the aroma of roasted chestnuts in New York City, buying a small bag, peeling off the glossy brown shells, and enjoying the warm chestnuts on a winter day.

This gluten-free, dark 62% cacao filled bar was imbued with sweet almond (marzipan) flavor. The caramel-colored center was a soft blend of Italian chestnut puree, Swiss almond, amaretto liqueur, and raw Hawaiian white (Kiawe flower nectar) honey*.

*Tasting notes hint at slight pineapple and coconut flavor 

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