Sunday, September 4, 2022

Oregon Orchard - Milk Chocolate Hazelnuts - Sept. 4, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Oregon Orchard
Premium Milk Chocolate Hazelnuts
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 6 oz. (170 g.) in total package
Calories: 170 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $3.49 for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Oregon Orchard Premium Milk Chocolate Hazelnuts Theme Week were distributed by Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) (Donald, OR). HGO is an agricultural co-operative that offers "value-added products" using hazelnuts from 200+ local (Oregon) farmers, including chocolate covered and seasoned nuts. 

The aroma for these glossy rounds included sweet, nutty and milk chocolate notes

The texture: a blend of sweet, creamy (emulsified) and mild milk chocolate coating and softly crunchy hazelnuts at the center.

The sweetness level for these confections was a bit high for me. The flavors felt somewhat eclipsed by sugar. (I love complex cacao flavors and have an admitted bias for bean-to-bar dark chocolates.) Both the milk chocolate and the hazelnut flavor were very subtle with fleeting authentic hazelnut, as well as warm vanilla cocoa, notes. 

These chocolate covered, dry roasted hazelnuts were well executed and there were no off flavors; but I would have loved to have seen a bit more authentic cacao and hazelnut complexity shining through.

Ingredients: Milk Chocolate [(sugar, unsweetened chocolate, milk, cocoa butter), sunflower lecithin, vanillin], dry roasted hazelnuts, gum arabic, confectioners glaze.

Allergen-related information: Contains: Milk, tree nuts. "Processed in a facility that uses milk, soy, wheat and other tree nuts."

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