Chocolate of the Day
Whole Almonds 68% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Weight: 1.1 oz. (37.5 g.) / 2.2 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 174 calories (estimate) in 1.1 oz. (37.5 g.) of bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: All About The Chocolate, Carmel, CA
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week.
This chocolate was discovered in a chocolate shop in the seaside village of Carmel, California--after a hike along the Pacific Ocean (Point Lobos). These was beautiful scenery, and new chocolates to be found.
I was a little afraid this local 68% cocoa chocolate (made in a registered home kitchen in Monterey, California) might be too sweet and perhaps too uniform in flavor. Thankfully, this was not the case.
The relatively complex aroma included bold, dark chocolate with earth and fruit (faint dark berry, red apple, lemon, dried apricot), and faint green floral and very faint, fleeting vegetable (potato chip) notes.
This hand-crafted, thick and substantial chocolate had a smooth texture and paired well with crunchy (whole) almonds).
The flavor was smooth with rich, dark chocolate, gentle mixed fruit (dark, ripe sweet berry, very light red apple and Meyer lemon) with faint green notes and a well-managed earthiness. There were no "off" or overly strong notes; and the bar had a clean finish.
Ingredients: Dark chocolate (cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla beans), almonds.
Allergen-related information: "Contains tree nuts, soy"