Monday, July 5, 2021

Cove Chocolate - Lemon Lavender 39% Milk Chocolate (bar) - July 5, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Cove Chocolate
Lemon Lavender 39% Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 2.2 oz. (75 g.) (per label) in total bar
Calories: 352 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $8.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: All About The Chocolate, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate, Fruit and Flowers Theme Week.

Today's Lemon Lavender 39% Milk Chocolate (bar) was created by Matilyn Thompson, founder of Cove Chocolate (Monterey, CA).*  

I normally prefer dark chocolate. But, the balanced, natural lemon citrus and lavender floral flavor inclusions and aromas in this thick, creamy and sweet milk chocolate bar swept us off our feet--as did a California coast day trip that led to finding this relatively new chocolate.

A friend and I found Cove Chocolate bars in a shop (called "All About The Chocolate") in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea last month (June)--after a walk at Point Lobos, a nearby California State Park with trails that take you by wind-swept cypress trees and clumps of wildflowers, and offer views of turquoise waters and ocean coves at the bases of rugged cliffs.

Ingredients: "Cane sugar, cacao beans, whole milk, cocoa butter, non-fat milk, soy lecithin, vanilla beans, natural lemon oil, organic lavender."

Allergen-related information: "Contains soy, milk; traces of nuts possible"

*Thompson transitioned to being a home-based chocolate producer (Certified Cottage Food Operation in Monterey County) in part due to changes during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

We're grateful her decision led to this lovely lemon lavender flavored bar that evoked memories of iced lavender infused lemonade or lemon lavender ice cream. This fruit and floral flavor duo is great for summer, or any time of year.

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