Saturday, July 16, 2016

NewTree - Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines - July 16, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines
Good +
Weight: .492 oz. (14 g.) / 1.9 oz. (54 g.) in total package
Calories: 68 calories in 2 pieces
Cost: $10.50 for 1 package of 8 pieces
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Welcome to Day #14 of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week.

The word praline conjures up different images of confections in the U.S., drawn from many different regional traditions.

Today's box of 8 Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines from NewTree (Belgium + San Francisco/San Anselmo, CA in the U.S.) were a compelling take on the praline genre.

After this week's string of gianduja milk chocolates, I half expected a strong hazelnut (butter and nut) flavor when I bit into these filled pralines.

However, these carefully crafted little bars with the NewTree leaf logo were less sweet and more complex than most hazelnut chocolates. (Hurray, less sweet. Thank you.) The hazelnut paste took a back seat to dark chocolate and slightly fruity/raisiny and almost brandy flavors.

Other ingredients included a blend of almond milk + skimmed milk powder, natural praline and vanilla flavorings, and rosemary extract.

Tomorrow I'll sample NewTree hazelnut filled Milk Pralines.

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