Friday, April 9, 2021

Rick Jordan Chocolatier - Honey Foam chocolate - Apr. 8, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Rick Jordan Chocolatier
Honey Foam chocolate
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total package
Calories: 275 calories (estimate) in 1 piece
Cost: $6.50 + shipping
Purchased from: Rick Jordan Chocolatier, online order

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate, Trees and Bees Theme Week, featuring a professional, honey-forward version of a traditional sponge toffee (aka molasses puffs, sea foam, honeycomb candy).

Today's Honey Foam chocolate confection was from Rick Jordan Chocolatier (Creve Coeur, MO).

At the heart of this dark chocolate covered confection was a generous and precise slab of light, airy and crunchy honey candy. The air spaces in this "honey foam" were very uniform (not always true for first time attempts in a home kitchen). And a re-sealable package helped it keep its shape and texture.

Traditional "honeycomb" confections are made with hot caramelized sugar (sugar, or brown sugar, corn syrup and/or honey) and baking soda. The more acidic (lower pH) sugar content foams up when the more basic (higher pH) baking soda is whisked into this sugar/honey mixture.**

Rick Jordan's use of honey as the primary ingredient* was a novel treat. His Honey Foam had  light, uniform, rigid, sponge-like texture and very sweet flavor. 

While the sugar level was undeniable, the light, even texture helped cushion the sweetness, as did the smooth, 70% cacao chocolate, and sodium content from the baking soda.

I could not make out the flavor nuances of the honey in today's chocolate. However, it might be more obvious in a side-by-side tasting with traditional "honeycomb" chocolate (with more sugar, and less honey content).

*Ingredients: honey, sugar, glucose, baking soda, 70% dark chocolate

**On the pH scale a food or beverage with a score that is under 7 is considered acidic, and any item scoring higher than 7 is considered basic. (The average score for honey is 3.9 and baking soda is an 8.)

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