Sunday, July 30, 2017

McIlhenny Co. Tabasco Chocolate; Vanuato Kakaw Almond Milk Choc. bar - July 29, 2017

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

McIlhenny Co.
Tabasco Chocolate
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.59 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Nob Hill Foods, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Mexico Theme Week, where we're finishing off the week with not one, but two different chocolates.

Tabasco is a state in Mexico. One of the most popular hot pepper sauces, Tabasco sauce, was (according to family history) created by Edmund McIlhenny in the 1860s in the Southeastern U.S. (Louisiana), after the inventor was given Capsicum frutescens pepper seeds from Mexico or Central America—which he cultivated and enjoyed.*

Peppers and spices have been combined with early cacao beverages in Mexico for centuries. So, it seemed natural that chocolate might eventually be infused with peppers in Tabasco sauce form.

Tabasco chocolates (sold in wedges and bar form) are distributed by The Chocolate Traveler, Inc. (North Hollywood, CA).

Continental Best
Vanuato Kakaw
Almond Milk Chocolate bar
Weight: .706 oz. (20 g.) (2 squares) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 110 calories in 1/5 bar
Cost: $4.99  for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Stars, USA

Today was not only the last day of Chocolate and Mexico Theme Week, but also the first day of Chocolate and Almond Week. The world is bursting with so many chocolates, it's hard to fit them all into one week.

The second chocolate of the day was a Vanuato Kakaw Almond Milk Chocolate bar made in Mexico City. The 36% cacao milk chocolate was creamy, sweet and had a slight, pleasant nutty flavor and crunchy texture from bits of almonds.

*Tabasco sauce is derived from a pepper mash that is fermented with vinegar in barrels until until the desired characteristics have been achieved.

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