In 2006, my daughter bet I couldn't eat a different chocolate each day for a year. I enjoyed that year so much that, after 14+ years, I'm still eating a different chocolate each day. Happily, even after 5,375+ chocolates, there are still many more to try. Thank you to all who continue to be part of this global adventure.
Good + - Good ++ Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar Calories: 162 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate, Trees and Bees Theme Week. We can thank, in part, juniper trees (berries), for today's featured bar.
Today's Juniper Lavender Chocolate 70% Cacao (bar) was from Ritual Chocolate (Park City, UT).
The aroma of this bar--redolent of lavender flower buds and juniper berry--could be bottled and sold. It was heavenly.
The flavor of these two powerfully aromatic botanical inclusions were skillfully blended with a relatively bold, dark cacao. There was a slight astringency that brought me back down to earth (often a natural component of juniper berries). Still an amazing bar though. I enjoyed the touch of unexpected red berry fruitiness and nicely balanced tart acidity and faint pine/evergreen/citrus (similar to edible Douglas Fir tree branch/needle tips).
A big thumbs up to the makers for orchestrating all these powerful flavors together so successfully.
For a super luxe tasting experience I look forward to buying this special bar again (if, fingers crossed, it is available); and using pieces or shavings to add to/garnish high-end desserts (or as a surprise guest square on fruit and cheese platters, small food plates).