Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kit's Organic - Dark Chocolate Almond Chile bar - May 5, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Clif Bar and Company
Kit's Organic Fruit + Nut Bar - Dark Chocolate Chili Almond
Weight: 1.62 oz. (46 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $unkown
Purchased from: unknown

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate, Salt and Almond Theme Week.

Salt can balance sweetness, bitterness, and other aspects of flavor. This magical ability is one reason why salt is used in bars, even where not explicitly mentioned in the bar's name.

For example, Kit's Organic Dark Chocolate Chili Almond bar from Clif Bar and Company (Emeryville, CA).

Ingredients: organic dates, organic almonds, organic unsweetened dark chocolate, sea salt, organic cinnamon, organic vanilla beans, organic cayenne pepper.

The salt in today's bar helped cut the acidic sweetness of dried fruit (dates)—the number one ingredient in this Fruit + Nut Bar —that also contained chopped almonds, and chocolate.

The salt was just right. And the chili gave the bar a uniform spicy kick that lasted from first bite to last; and chili, salt and almonds (and chocolate) also blended well together. Add any more salt, and you'd start to have a hint of the same dark richness you might find in a mole sauce.

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