Chocolate of the Day
Spicy Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Chai 68% Cacao (bar)
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 215 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Andronico's Community Markets, Los Altos, CA
Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week.
Today's Spicy Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Chai 68% Cacao (bar) was from Moonstruck Chocolate Co. (Portland, OR).
There was a lot going on with this bar. (See ingredients list below.) The aroma notes for this chocolate included: sweet chocolate marshmallow candy with black pepper; German pfeffernusse ("pepper nut") or Icelandic/Nordic pepperkakor cookies; and spices (salt, pepper, ginger and vanilla).
Flavor notes included the aroma notes above, but dark chocolate, and to a lesser extent hazelnut, flavors were prominent. The 68% cacao dark chocolate was relatively sweet and uniform. Bits of hazelnut, and flecks of citrus rind, salt and pepper gave off temporary tiny bursts of these flavors.
This bar grew on me as I tasted it over the course of an hour. It started out feeling a bit cluttered with so many sweet and savory elements. However, as my palette adjusted to this festive spice party, it became more appealing.
Included at no extra cost to you: thoughts of enjoying European holiday treats, while warming up around a fire in the winter with some hot spiced cider or wine. Happy Holidays.
Ingredients: Dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), natural vanilla flavor); roasted hazelnuts; chai spice blend (organic cardamom, organic clove, organic cinnamon, organic orange peel, organic fennel, organic ginger, organic black pepper); black tea powder; organic black pepper; organic cardamom; kosher salt.
Allergen-related information: (Contains hazelnuts, soy.) "Manufactured on shared equipment. May contain traces of milk, wheat, soy, peanuts and tree nuts."