Friday, June 10, 2016

Heart of Shasta - Lavender Dreams Bar - June 10, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Heart of Shasta
Lavender Dreams Organic Raw Chocolate Bar
Good +
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31.1 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 165 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $3.95 in total bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.

Today's Lavender Dreams bar was from Heart of Shasta (Mt. Shasta, CA).

This was not a heat-tempered bar that broke with a hard snap, but rather one that was soft, uniformly creamy, fudgey and truffle-like—only without the sugar. Lightly sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar, with a pleasing melt and mouth feel from cacao and coconut fat, this raw bar was made from 100% cacao powder, cacao butter, honey, coconut oil and lavender.

The lavender flavor was authentic, pleasing, well-balanced and uniform throughout the bar.

As with most raw chocolate made in this fashion, there is less of a sugar "buzz" and fewer spikes of roasted, fruit and other flavors from the cacao that develop in fermentation, roasting and other stages of chocolate-making where temperatures exceed that allowed for "raw" chocolate. And that may be a good thing, depending on what your preferences might be.

If you're curious about raw chocolate, this might be a good brand to try. The company offers a line of flavored bars.

This raw and organic bar was Dairy, Soy and Gluten Free.

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Moonstruck - Edible Flowers and Cherries bar - June 9, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Edible Flowers and Cherries bar
Good - Good+
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 3.67 oz. (104 g.) in total bar
Calories: 230 calories in 1 serving of bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Moonstruck Chocolate Co., Portland, OR

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Cherries Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Flowers Week.

Today's bar, the Edible Flowers and Cherries bar (Recipe No. 011) from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. (Portland, OR), marked a transition between cherries and flowers.

It was a very attractive, eye-catching bar, with "crystallized pansies on dark chocolate accented with Bing cherry pieces and rose and violet petals."

A bit too sweet for me, I couldn't taste any of the rose or violet flower notes. However, sugar preserved the flowers, and sugared bits of sweet and very slightly tart cherry were fruity and chewy.

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