Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Ion S.A. - Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts - Nov. 20, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Ion S.A.
Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts (bar)
Good +
Weight: 9 squares / 3.53 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 170 calories in 9 small squares of bar
Cost: $1.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Real Produce International Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of International Chocolate and Nuts Theme Week.

Today's Milk Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts (bar) was made by Ion S.A. (Piraeus, Greece).

Aroma notes for this milk chocolate bar included: sweet milk chocolate, nut, faint mineral (light clay), and very faint mint/menthol.

Texture: smooth milk chocolate with an extended (white chocolate) melt and crunchy large pieces of hazelnut.

Flavor notes included: sweet milk chocolate, very faint mineral (light clay), and hazelnut. 

The healthy dose of authentic hazelnuts were a highlight for me.

The milk chocolate was quite sweet (sugar was the number 1 ingredient); but it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. In part because the number two and three ingredients (milk, cocoa butter)-- as well as the nuts--helped balance the sugar. 

Ingredients: Sugar, milk powder, cocoa butter, hazelnuts (17%), cocoa mass, whey powder, lactose, emulsifier: soya lecithin, flavour: vanillin. Cocoa solids: 29.5% min. 

Allergen-related information: "May contain traces of other nuts and wheat proteins."

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