Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chocolate Gems - CashMoo Cashew Round - April 6, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Chocolate Gems
Cashmoo (Round)
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: 2.5 oz. (70.7 g.) (estimate) for 1 round
Calories: 375 calories (estimate) for 2.5 oz. (70.7 g.) round
Cost: $3.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: Chocolate Gems, Asheville, NC

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Cashew Theme Week.

Today's CashMoo dark chocolate round from Chocolate Gems (Asheville, NC) was studded with chopped cashew nut pieces.

The rich, smooth dark chocolate base provided tasty chocolate flavor, and somehow managed not to extinguish the mild cashew nut flavor—a tough balancing act to pull off.

I also tried two other Chocolate Gems signature chocolates—a tall, pointed "Firecracker" chocolate with a spicy kick and fruit-flavored (strawberry I believe) pop rocks; and a Juniper Berry chocolate. The latter had an authentic, nicely balanced juniper flavor.

Chocolate Gems was/is located in an old hardware store building in downtown Asheville, NC.

Thank you to Isabel for her help in selecting chocolates.

The Chocolate Fetish - Milk Cashew Frog - April 5, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

The Chocolate Fetish
Milk Cashew Frog
Good
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) (estimate) for piece
Calories: 300 calories (estimate) for 2 oz. (57 g.) piece
Cost: $2.40 for 1 piece
Purchased from: The Chocolate Fetish, Asheville, NC


Welcome to another day of Chocolate and Cashew Week (Day #7); and we celebrated with a Milk Chocolate Cashew Frog from The Chocolate Fetish (Asheville, NC).

This substantial, round chocolate treat was purchased during a recent field trip to Asheville.

This piece was designed with layers of flavor. A round mound of milk chocolate contained an inner disk of caramel and cashews.

I also sampled (but didn't count) two more filled chocolates (not pictured):

The "Blossom" chocolate had an almost fluffy chocolate ganache (filling) lightly flavored with saffron, lemon and ginger.

And the "Midsummer's Dream" truffle with a white chocolate ganache flavored with lavender, lemon and honey. The latter was my favorite, but I loved the light floral flavors in both pieces.




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