Monday, July 18, 2016

Small hazelnut chocolate feast - July 18, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Cloetta AB
Sperlari Grandperle
Fondente con granella  di torrone - Good
Gianduja con granella di cacao - Good
Weight: .94 oz. (26.6 g.) (estimate) in 2 pieces
Calories: 141 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $n/a from various sources
Purchased from: from various sources

Hazelnut Butter Bite
Good + - Good++
Weight: .33 oz. (9.42 g.) (estimate) in 1 piece
Calories: 50 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $0.95 for 1 piece
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

After extending Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week to two weeks, this is the last day of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week(s). It's hard to abandon a great combination like this, but more good things await.

Today's two individually-wrapped chocolate and hazelnut sweets from Cloetta AB's (Kista, Sweden) Sperlari Granperle (from Italy) brand, and Sjaak's (Petaluma, CA) flower-shaped Hazelnut Butter Bite wrapped in light blue foil, were creamy, crunchy and sweet. All good for a post-lunch snack plate today.

The round Fondente con granella di torrone contained a torrone nougat with almond and hazelnut, covered in dark chocolate. (I'd had this chocolate before, but re-tasted with its Gianduja sibling.)

Underneath the sweet chocolate shell of the Gianduja con granella di cacao was a creamy chocolate center with crunchy bits of cacao (nibs I'm presuming). It was a relatively sweet confection, but it was a nice blend of creamy and crunchy. And nibs sometimes tend to balance sweetness.

I'd also sampled Sjaak's Hazelnut Butter Bite before, but it was also re-tasting. It was one luscious, creamy hazelnut butter chocolate. While one could finish this flower-shaped chocolate in one bite, I recommend savoring it and taking at least two.

Tomorrow we transition from hazelnut week to Chocolate Brownie week...with a hazelnut brownie.

NewTree - Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines - July 17, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines
Weight: .492 oz. (14 g.) / 1.9 oz. (54 g.) in total package
Calories: 68 calories in 2 pieces
Cost: $10.50 for 1 package of 8 pieces
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Welcome to Day #15 of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week.

Yesterday I featured Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Pralines from NewTree (Belgium + San Anselmo/San Francisco, CA). And today's I'm featuring the Milk Chocolate version of these same pralines.

Made with 38% cacao (vs. yesterday's 66% cacao dark chocolate version), I expected a big increase in sweetness, but it wasn't too sugary sweet. (Thank you NewTree.)

Like yesterday's dark chocolate pralines, today's milk chocolates were attractively packaged and designed. The hazelnut flavor in this milk chocolate confection was very subtle, and the soft filling had a pleasant slight fruitiness, and a faintly boozy flavor note.

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