Saturday, January 9, 2016

Integrity Cacao - Orange Essence - Jan. 9, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Integrity Cacao
Orange Essence
Nibbs N Cream
Celtic Sea Salt
Good ++
Weight: 1.58 oz. (44.7 g.) (estimate) for 4 pieces
Calories: 237 calories (estimate) in 4 pieces
Cost: $N/A - gift (Thank you Katy!)
Purchased from: N/A - gift from family member

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Orange Theme Week.

My sister gifted me some chocolates from a friend (Merissa) in Southern California, who happened to be founder and CEO of Integrity Cacao (Thousand Oaks).

A small container held three different chocolate flavors: Orange Essence, Nibbs N Cream, and Celtic Sea Salt.

The pretty, Orange Essence rose-button shaped dark chocolates possessed a soft melt and a delicately fudgey soft middle. These chocolates were flavored with an authentic-tasting, lilting orange flavor (Orange Oil) with perhaps a touch of floral (rose?).

(I'd tasted a previous iteration of the Orange Essence piece more than a year ago when the company was called Love Bites Raw Confections.)

The other two chocolates were: 1.) Nibbs N Cream (a creamy white chocolate with Tahitian vanilla bean and crunchy cacao nibs)—a healthy version of cookies and cream; and 2.) Celtic Sea Salt - dark chocolate squares with tiny chunks of grey Celtic Sea Salt, that the maker suggested pairing with wine and fruit.

I really enjoyed these satisfying chocolates made with quality ingredients. Toned down sugar levels prevented them from being too sweet, which I appreciated.

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