Chocolate of the Day
Spark of Joy Caramel Chocolate with Roasted Quince and cacao nibs (bar)
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 400 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $13.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate, Nuts and Nibs Theme Week.
Today's Spark of Joy Caramel Chocolate with Roasted Quince and cacao nibs (bar) was from SOMA chocolatemaker (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
Aroma notes for this relatively complex, sweet, fragrant bar included: warm spice, caramel, lightly spiced fruit (caramel apple, guava, very faint pear).
The smooth, cocoa butter-y base had a caramel, fruit and faint nutty flavor. Cocoa nibs (Ecuador) provided a crunchy textural accent as well as tiny bursts of dark, nutty unsweetened cacao flavor. The finish was very light, faint cocoa nib, and barely there quince notes.
The maker's suggested pairing: blue cheese. I tried part of this bar with some blue cheese and roasted walnuts. The combination resulted in a great dessert tapas (snack) plate and complement to a meal.
This was a skillfully-executed, tasty "caramel chocolate"--and a creative use of fruit (a thin circular slice of slow-roasted, spiced quince) and cacao nibs. A winter warmer that would be good anytime of day or year.
Ingredients: Cocoa butter, organic cane sugar, milk powder, cacao nibs, quince, natural vanilla, salt, spices
Allergen-related information: "Contains milk. May contain trace amounts of peanuts, tree nuts, (and) soy."