Queens of Paradise: Earl Grey and Orange 70% cacao bar
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $6.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Flowers Theme Week.
Today's Earl Grey and Orange 70% Cacao bar was from Antidote Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY). I included this bar in a flower-themed chocolate week, as the floral notes of Earl Grey tea remind me of flowers as much as tea.
This vegan, gluten free and Kosher dark chocolate bar had an initial herb tea and light citrus/acetic acid (vinegar) aroma.
Chewy bits of orange peel yielded pleasant, authentic citric flavor that complemented the smooth dark chocolate base (made in Ecuador with Arriba Nacional cacao grown in Manabi, Ecuador) and not too sweet (thank you).
The bergamot* (Earl Grey tea) note was a bit more delicate and fleeting. The bar had a balanced, lilting orange finish.
*Bergamot, sometimes referred to as a bergamot orange, is an aromatic citrus fruit with floral notes, that gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavor. (It can be grown in Mediterranean climates.) The peel is where the fragrance stems from. The fruit itself is fairly sour, unlike the sweet orange fruit we are used to eating.