Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trader Joe's - Buttercream Truffles - Mar. 12, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Buttercream Truffles
Weight: 1.2 oz. (33.75 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in box of 4 truffles
Calories: 405 calories for 3 truffles
Cost: $1.49 for 1 box of 4 truffles
Purchased from: Trader Joe's

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and STUVWXYZ Theme Week. Today we've moved on to the letter "t"—as in truffles.

This attractively designed box of 4 Buttercream Truffles was made for Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA) for the holidays.* The truffles were a product of Belgium.

The white buttercream filling inside these velvety, dome-shaped truffles presented a visual contrast to the cocoa-dusted milk chocolate exterior, and was flavored with Madagascar vanilla bean.

Note: These 4-piece truffle gift boxes were available for the holiday season, and may no longer be available.

Seattle Chocolates - Whidbey Wildberry Dark Truffle Bar - Mar. 11, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Seattle Chocolate Company
Whidbey Wildberry
Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar with Cherries and Strawberries
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Pebble Beach Market,  Pebble Beach, CA

Welcome to Chocolate and STUVWXYZ Theme Week. Over the next several days, we'll finish up the alphabet, beginning with a chocolate related to the letter "s."

Let's start with a day, a destination and a fruit. Happy Saturday to you all! How about we take a virtual trip to Seattle and sample a bar with some Strawberries?

Today's Whidbey Wildberry Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar was from Seattle Chocolate Company (Seattle, WA).  This bar contained cherries (dried cherries, cane sugar, sunflower oil) and strawberries (strawberry jellies with apple juice and strawberry puree*)—two fruits that shine in late spring and summer.

The gluten-free and vegan Whidbey Wildberry truffle bar was made with smooth and sweet chocolate, punctuated by bits and tiny bursts of strawberry and cherry fruit texture and flavor.

Seattle Chocolate Company makes a variety of thick truffle bars that are almost velvety, and today's bar was no exception.

Other Seattle Chocolates/truffle bars w/ "s" in titles include:
- A Super Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar (powered by coffee and cocoa nibs)
- San Juan Sea Salt Truffle Bar (w/ milk chocolate)
- Dark San Juan Sea Salt Truffle Bar

On a sunny day, Seattle sparkles. However, this Northwestern U.S. city is better known for long gray season, and the company offers bars with titles that play off the weather:

- Overcast Sea Salt Truffle Bar
- Rainy Day Espresso Truffle Bar
- Sunny Salted Almond Truffle Bar

I'll take the Sunny Salted Almond bar.

**Some "W" back-story
Washington state produces large quantities of fruits and berries, including apples, cherries, blueberries, pears and strawberries. Whidbey Island, close to Seattle, is a popular source of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and other seasonal foods, including berries. Today's Whidbey Wildberry truffle bar is, in part, a tribute to the wonderful abundance of this area.

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