Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Arete - The Halston Block - Dark Milk Chocolate Piedmont Gianduia Bar - Feb. 7, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Arete Fine Chocolate
The Halston Block - Dark Milk Chocolate Piedmont Gianduia Bar
Good +++ - Very Good
Weight: 2.25 oz. (62.5 g.) / 4.5 oz. (125 g.) in total bar
Calories: 337 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $25.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Nuts Theme Week.

Today's "The Halston Block - Dark Milk Chocolate Piedmont Gianduia Bar" was crafted by Arete Fine Chocolate (Milpitas, CA*).

Was it worth paying $5.55 USD per ounce (20 cents per gram) for a high-end, well-crafted chocolate bar with Piedmont hazelnuts? Short answer: yes, it was.

The word "Arete" means excellence, and a striving for high ideals. David and Leslie Senk are making chocolate from scratch with exacting standards, and have won awards for their gianduia chocolate and single origin bars.

Today's relatively heavy, ingot-shaped bar was swaddled in a gold foil inner wrapper, and had a rich, dark chocolate aroma with dried fruit notes.

Best served sliced, each piece or bite, had a smooth dark milk coating and had a smooth dense interior with flecks of hazelnut.

This bar had a satisfying melt and a flavorful dark milk chocolate base, balanced with high-quality hazelnut flavor. 

*Arete Fine Chocolate is in the process of moving their chocolate making operation from California to Tennessee (end of April 2018). The Halston Block (building) bar name is related to the name of their new location. Their bars will continue to be available online and in special chocolate places like The Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, CA.

** An ingot is a pure material, usually a valuable metal, cast into a bar or brick shape.

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