Thursday, November 23, 2017

Praim - Bosco milk chocolate bar - Nov. 23, 2017

Chocolate of the Day:

Praim Group
Bosco milk chocolate bar
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 108 calories in 1/5 bar
Cost: $3.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Orchard Supply Hardware, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Milk Chocolate Theme Week.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate this holiday today in the U.S. and beyond.

Today's Bosco* milk chocolate bar was distributed by Praim Group (Salem, MA). Praim offers a variety of branded chocolates, through agreements with brand owners.

This sweet bar contained a relatively short list of ingredients: sugar was #1 ingredient followed by whole milk, cocoa butter and cocoa liquor, soy lecithin and vanilla. The bar had an aroma of classic milk chocolate—not that far off from a glass of milk with Bosco Chocolate Syrup (the bar's namesake).

Bosco syrup was introduced in 1928 and is still available from the New Jersey-based company, Bosco Products Inc.

Praim also offered a Bosco "holiday" bar, but it looked to be (from the description online) the same milk chocolate bar as today's, only with a touch of red and green design elements on the wrapper.

*Bosco is a trademark of Bosco Products Inc., "used under license by Praim LLC."

Godiva - Single Origin Mexican Milk Chocolate bar - Nov. 22, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.
Single Origin Mexican Milk Chocolate bar
Good +
Weight: .7 oz. (19.75 g.) / 2.8 oz. (79 g.) in total bar
Calories: 112.5 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $7.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Barnes and Noble Bookstore, El Cerrito, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Milk Chocolate Theme Week.

Today's Single Origin Mexican Milk Chocolate (42% Cacao) bar was made in Belgium* and distributed by Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. (New York, NY).

This bar was better than your typical high-volume milk chocolate bars that contain a lower percentage of cacao and might be a blend of origins to arrive at a commercially consistent flavor from year to year.

On the flip side, artisan or smaller batch bars tend to capture more regional flavors (in this case from beans grown in Mexico) and the resulting bars vary from harvest to harvest.

Today's bar had consistency in texture and melt, and some fruit, caramel and dairy cream flavor notes.

*Godiva has been selling Belgian chocolate since 1926. The company was founded in 1926 in Brussels, Belgium by Joseph Draps. Godiva chocolates became available in the U.S. in the 1960s.

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