Sunday, April 10, 2016

Videri - Classic Dark Chocolate 70% cocoa bars - Apr. 9, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Videri Chocolate Factory
Classic Dark Chocolate - set of 2 bars
Very Good
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in package of 2 bars
Calories: 260 calories (per label) in 1 bar (1/2 of 2-bar package)
Cost: $8.00 for 1 package of 2 bars
Purchased from: French Broad Chocolates, Asheville, NC

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Cashew Theme Week. Today, however, the cashews were eaten separately.

While visiting French Broad Chocolates' Chocolate + Milk retail space in Asheville, NC, I was able to pick up this package of Videri classic dark bars—one of many craft chocolate bars for sale at this location.

Today's Classic Dark Chocolate Bars were made at the Videri Chocolate Factory (Raleigh, NC). The classically designed, hinged box style packaging held two dark bars, each impeccably wrapped in foil.

The dark chocolate—made from a blend of Central and South American cacao beans—had a fruity, bold, clean taste, and very smooth and even flavor and texture.

This bar was gluten free, dairy free and nut free.

Why the Added Cashews?
The dark chocolate Videri bar was very fine, just by itself.

However, since it was cashew theme week; a few salted, roasted cashews tagged along for the ride.

Nuts partner well with chocolate. If a bar is bitter, nuts can tone down or balance bitterness. Cashews contribute a mild nutty sweetness and smooth rich texture, but can be easily overwhelmed by dark chocolate. So a pairing (rather than a blending) worked well today.

In this case, the cashews in question also added salt, which can off-set too much sugar in a bar. (FYI, Videri also offers a dark bar with sea salt.)

Again, happily, both Videri classic dark bar and cashews were each great on their own. There was nothing to fix, nothing to enable. They were just enjoying each other's company until, sadly for them, I enjoyed theirs.

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