Friday, September 4, 2020

Siamaya Chocolate - Masala Chai Milk Chocolate (bar) - Sept. 4, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

Siamaya Chocolate 
Masala Chai Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.325 oz. (37.5 g.)/ 2.65 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories (estimate per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Tea Theme Week.

Today's Masala Chai Milk Chocolate (bar) was from Siamaya Chocolate (Chiang Mai, Thailand). The company produces handmade chocolates using Thai cocoa beans and sugar, blended with Thai flavor inclusions (Thai tea, coconut, chilies, durian fruit, etc.), in Thailand.

This sweet milk chocolate bar was suffused with an Indian-inspired (star anise-forward) masala spice mix aroma and flavor, and had a thick, creamy melt and smooth texture accented with micro-particles of ground spices.

Tasting this (gluten-free and vegetarian) bar was an immersion in warm, rich masala* chai-tea spices mixed with smooth, sweet and creamy drinking chocolate. It offered balanced, flavorful blend chocolate and spice, without being too spicy.

Ingredients: Cacao (50%), organic cane sugar (34.7%), powdered milk (14.5%), spices (0.5%), organic sunflower lecithin (0.3%). 

*What many Americans call/know as "chai" tea would be known as masala chai (tea) in other countries. Chai often refers to just black tea and milk, whereas masala chai would have (what we (Americans) call) "chai spices" added. We've managed to conflate the two here in the U.S.

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