Sunday, February 27, 2022

Oodaalolly Chocolate - Pumpkin Five-Spice Milk Chocolate bar - Feb. 27, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Oodaalolly Chocolate
Pumpkin Five-Spice Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 0.88 oz. (25 g.) in total bar
Calories: 141 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $5.00 in total bar
Purchased from: Oodaalolly, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Spices Theme Week.

Today's Pumpkin Five-Spice Milk Chocolate (bar) was from Oodaalolly Chocolate (El Cerrito, CA). Oodaalolly founder, Hernan Lauber, creates small batch chocolates using Philippine cacao (and Philippines-inspired flavors) and family Swiss chocolate making techniques.

Five-spice blend (also known as Chinese Five Spice powder) is associated with savory and sweet dishes across Asia and some Pacific Islands. The five spices include: star anise, cloves, Chinese (cassia) cinnamon bark, fennel seeds and Sichuan (aka Szechuan) peppercorns. (Regional blends may include other ingredients (e.g. Mandarin orange peel)).

Aroma notes for today's milk chocolate bar included subtle spice (star anise, followed by mild clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and barely there fennel and pepper). This bar had a generous amount of cocoa butter which added to the creamy melt and texture.

The powdered pumpkin added a sweet vegetable note (think pumpkin pie) that was very complementary with the balanced spice blend. As with the aroma (above), the star anise was slightly more prominent. 

Skillfully balanced, compatible flavor elements led to a pleasing (and slightly addictive) chocolate. The pumpkin and spices created depth/interest and helped prevent the milk chocolate from seeming overly sweet. Last but not least, vanilla contributed a baked goods-like warmth (along with raw sugar) and pie-like flavor.

Maker's tasting notes: "Creamy milk chocolate, five-spice powder, and real pumpkin come spectacularly together in this limited-edition release of Oodaalolly's twist on a classic Autumn flavor."

Ingredients: "Cocoa butter, raw cane sugar, whole milk powder, Philippine cacao, pumpkin powder, five-spice (star anise, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seed, sichuan pepper), and vanilla."

Allergen-related information: (Contained milk.) No allergen-related information found on label.

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