Saturday, December 10, 2016

Yves Thuries - Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit, Pumpkin Seeds bar - Dec. 10, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Yves Thuries
Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit and Pumpkin Seeds bar
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 135 calories (estimate) in 1/4 package (3 pieces)
Cost: $2.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Seeds Series.

Today's Milk Chocolate Passion Fruit and Pumpkin Seeds bar was the creation of French Chef Yves Thuries.*

This 34% cacao milk chocolate bar came nestled in a plastic tray with 12 compartments that contained 12 separate pieces, or micro bar shaped bites.

I liked the design and packaging. Having pre-molded pieces made this easier to share (there was no need to break off pieces with your hands) and more attractive to display on a plate (with each neatly finished piece bearing its own sprinkling of seeds and fruit).

The milk chocolate itself (made with cacao beans from Ecuador**) was sweeter than I prefer, but the pumpkin seeds gave the bar a pleasant, natural crunchy texture that complemented the smooth, sweetness. I couldn't taste the sweetened fruit pieces with passion fruit as I believe they blended in with the overall, relatively high sugar level. But, some with a sweet tooth may enjoy this bar.

 *This Product of France was distributed by SALPA Inc., Greenwich, CT.
**The packaging read that the chocolate was made from "Quality cacao from our farm in Ecuador." What a great story. I would have loved a higher percent cacao so that I could have tasted the chocolate a bit more.

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