Sunday, June 21, 2020
Chocolate of the Day:
Bees and Beans
Honey Bar Jr.
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) in 1 small bar
Calories: 100 calories in 1 small bar
Cost: $1.95 for 1 small bar
Purchased from: Chocosphere.com, online order
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate, Bees and Trees Theme Week.
Today's Honey Bar Jr. was from Bees and Beans (Portland, OR). Several years ago, this small outfit set out to re-invent the traditional candy bar, using local ingredients from Oregon. Great idea, given the access to honey, hazelnuts and possible craft chocolate partners in the Portland area. I think they've succeeded.
The Honey Bar Jr. had a core of sweet honey caramel and hazelnut nougat (real egg whites, flecks of real hazelnut) was dipped in dark chocolate, creating a flavorful high-end candy bar. No preservatives or anything artificial; it was a honey of a sugar bomb though.
This bar's small, "junior" size was just right. Any bigger and you might have a hard time dividing this with a friend or family member on a hot day, when the gooey-sticky factor increases. While this bar is securely sealed in the wrapper (thank you), be careful not to store this treat in a pocket or the bottom of a lunch bag as you may need a napkin when opening and consuming.
Sea salt, butter and hazelnuts helped to balance the high level of sugar* in this caramel and nougat confection.
*Ingredients: Sugar, honey, chocolate (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin, vanilla beans), cream, hazelnuts, butter, egg whites, salt, vanilla extract (water, alcohol, sugar, vanilla bean).