Thursday, September 26, 2019

Morro Bay House of Jerky - Chocolate Covered Bacon - Sept. 26, 2019

Chocolate of the Day:

Morro Bay House of Jerky
Chocolate Covered Bacon
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in one piece
Calories: 155 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $3.99 for 1 piece
Purchased from: Morro Bay House of Jerky, Morro Bay, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Cowboy Country Theme Week.

The bulk of this week's chocolates were acquired on the Central Coast of California, where there are ranches, farms and frequent glimpses of wide open spaces between cities. A landscape where one might even find a cowboy.

Chocolate Banquet is based in the San Francisco Bay Area (peninsula)—an area with a rich agricultural and ranch history that was still visible even one generation ago. Empty lots now are few and far between, and parks (some former ranches and farms) form most of the open spaces now.

Today's chocolate was a strip of Chocolate Covered Bacon made for Morro Bay House of Jerky (Morro Bay, CA) by Mama Ganache (San Luis Obispo, CA), known for their confections and bars made with ethically-sourced cacao.

The dark chocolate was silky smooth and not ultra-sweet (thank you); and it provided a great pairing with the chewy-crunchy savory bacon. (The bacon was hardwood smoked and honey cured.)

The House of Jerky offers an impressive variety of beef and other domestic and exotic (and vegetarian) packaged jerky flavors. See if you can find the hidden cowboy while you're there.*

A special thank you to Mike J. (pictured behind the counter) who provided valuable and friendly assistance in chocolate item selection when we visited there recently.

*The company's logo incorporates a cowboy (or perhaps a ranch cook) ringing a triangle.**

** A triangle is a rod or bar of metal bent into an open triangular-shape that is "played" by striking another metal rod against/inside the triangle, often in a a circular motion. This instrument (in various forms) dates back to 14th century Europe, and perhaps further. And while you may find this percussive instrument in an orchestra playing Mozart or Beethoven pieces, a metal/iron triangle was also used on farms/ranches in the Western U.S. to summon ranch/farm hands to a meal.

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