Sunday, February 14, 2021

Happy Valentines Day! Go To Chocolate - filled chocolate assortment - Feb. 14, 2021

Valentines Day Chocolate(s)

Go To Chocolate
Valentines Day filled chocolate assortment
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) (estimate) in 3 piece box
Calories: 170 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $ N/A - gift from a friend (thank you Toni)
Purchased from: N/A - from Go To Chocolate, San Carlos, CA

Note: This holiday-related chocolate entry is a bonus entry, gratefully wedged into Chocolate and India Theme Week. 

Happy Valentines Day to all who celebrate! Heartfelt thanks to my friend and neighbor Toni for the gift of filled chocolates, in heart and flower form. A seasoned world traveler, she has contributed many new chocolates to Chocolate Banquet in the past decade. 

Today's 3-piece assortment in a petite, purple, heart-shaped box were from Go To Chocolate (San Carlos, CA). Chef and chocolatier Michael Hohenthal has been creating his own small-batch chocolates (filled chocolates and bars) since 2005, and sells them at local farmers markets (a good source for finding new chocolates).

Collectively, the three glossy pieces in this box had a sweet dark chocolate with a very faint coconut aroma. 

  • The first heart-shaped filled chocolate had a light, fluffy marshmallow filling with a light citrus-sweet tang.
  • The second (also heart-shaped) piece contained a sweet, dark chocolate ganache filling with fudge brownie flavor notes.
  • The third, flower shaped, filled chocolate had an intriguing caramelized flavor, with very light floral and fruit notes.

Ingredients: unknown (gift box was not labeled) 

Soklet - Dark Milk Chocolate with Ghee 55% (bar) - Feb. 14, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Milk Chocolate with Ghee 55% (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 251.5 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $8.00 for 1 bar + shipping
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and India Theme Week.

Today's Soklet Dark Milk Chocolate with Ghee 55% (bar) was manufactured by Regal Foods and Beverages (Pollachi, Tamil Nadu, India).

The aroma of this 55% dark milk chocolate bar had chocolate, malt, cereal, brown sugar, very faint green, rice, fruit (goji berry, mango), butter oil and spice notes, and most of these notes carried over into the flavor as well.

The texture of this chocolate was smooth with a creamy melt, thanks in part due to the ghee* and skim milk powder.

The flavor notes included brown sugar, chocolate, cereal and fruit (goji berry, mango, mangosteen, tropical fruit), and these lightly lingered into the finish along with a sustained cocoa note at the end. 

This tree-to-bar Soklet chocolate was created from cacao grown on plantations in the foothills of the Anamalais in Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. The chocolate was quite low in bitterness, and the fruit acidity that was present was balanced and sweet.

Ingredients: Cacao beans, cacao butter, sugar, ghee, skimmed milk powder

*Ghee is clarified butter made from cow or buffalo milk that may have a faint nutty flavor. The heating and clarifying process reduces the milk protein(s), whey/lactose and water in the butter making it potentially easier to digest for some. Ghee is often used in cooking in South Asia, as it has a higher smoke point (it doesn't burn/smoke as easily once the proteins have been skimmed off).

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