Sunday, January 10, 2016

World Market - Blood Orange bar - Jan. 10, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

World Market
Milk Chocolate Blood Orange with Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.125 oz. (31.8 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 165 calories in 3/8 (3 squares) of bar
Cost: $3.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: World Market, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

Today's Milk Chocolate Blood Orange with Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt bar was from World Market (distributed by Cost Plus, Inc., Oakland, CA).

This bar had a mild, natural orange candy aroma, and a flavor and texture spectrum that tumbled out across the tongue—first orange flavor (blood orange oil) in sweet, smooth milk chocolate, followed by crunchy crystals of sea salt, followed by a tiny chewy fleck or two of bittersweet orange peel, mellowed with a hint of vanilla. Overall the flavors harmonized nicely, and I like "layers" of flavor that unfold like this.

It's also an exquisite balancing act to balance layered flavors like this. Too much salt or orange peel in one bite can be overwhelming. On the other hand, flavors that are uniformly ground down together might not work either. So hats off to anyone making inclusion bars like this.

"Hawaiian Alaea Red Sea Salt gets its color from a volcanic red clay used in traditional Hawaiian ceremonies to cleanse and purify."

Today's bar was part of World Market's "The Exotic Collection...of Sea Salt Chocolate" bars, so named because they contain flavor and salt inclusions from around the globe. I love the detailed illustrations that grace the packaging. If you look closely at the label for this bar, you'll see an orange tree (orchard) and some sea symbols around the edges.

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