Saturday, June 11, 2016

Caramelized Lavender Milk Chocolate bar - June 11, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Rozsavolgyi Csokolade
Caramelized Lavender Flowers in Milk Chocolate with Star Anise bar
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 152 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. (28.3 g.) of bar
Cost: $14.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Meadow (original Mississippi location), Portland, OR

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.

I am delighted when I can travel the world through chocolate. Today's Caramelized Lavender Flowers in Milk Chocolate with Star Anise bar was made by Rozsavolgyi Csokolade (Budapest, Hungary).

This beautifully designed and packaged bar also employed a very effective fusion of flavors. The bar had a slightly floral and herbal aroma.

I bit into it and the creamy sweet 40% milk chocolate enabled a slow release of lavender. Not one to shy away from lavender, I threw in a two tiny, dried lavender buds of my own as a chaser. Even better I thought. However, amping up the pure lavender led me to realize there was something else...another flavor. Star anise!

I admit I'm normally not a fan of star anise. However, it blended very nicely with the lavender.

Koszonom (thank you) to the makers of this bar at Rozsavolgyi Csokolade in Hungary.

P.S. - I contacted the chocolate maker, to ask him about the molds (moulds) used for their bars. Zsolt's wife, Katalin, does the design and worked on creating the molds. His response is pasted below:

"...Our moulds were designed and specially made for us. My wife (Katalin Csiszar) is an artist in graphics design, and the moulds were designed by one of her former fellow artists she knew from uni.

Both of them are based on old Hungarian patterns/motives. The one you tried is imitating a renaissance furnace tile (the era of Matthias Rex). The other one is inspired by Hungarian embroidery, although at first sight, it is often taken for an Aztec pattern.
Apart from that, all packagings and artwork are designed by Katalin..."

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