Monday, January 30, 2023

Patricia's Chocolate - The Tea Collection - 5.) Bumble Blossom Oolong, 6.) Hummingbird Nectar - Jan. 30, 2023

Chocolate(s) of the Day

Patricia's Chocolate
The Tea Collection 
5.) Bumble Blossom Oolong chocolate - Good + - Good ++ 
6.) Hummingbird Nectar chocolate - Good + - Good ++ 
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total box of 6 pieces
Calories: 156 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $16.50 for 1 box of 6 (different) pieces
Purchased from: Patricia's Chocolate, online order

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

Today I sampled the last two flavors in the Tea Collection (assortment) created by Patricia at Patricia's Chocolate (Grand Haven, Michigan), in collaboration with Michigan blended Light of Day certified organic teas and tisanes.

Bumble Blossom Oolong tea chocolate

Aroma and flavor notes for this attractive, generously-sized, filled chocolate included: chocolate; faint, lightly floral oolong tea; and diffuse, slightly sweet, slightly earthy botanical and faint fruit (stone fruit) notes. (The latter notes were likely from the red top clover, a common cover crop in Michigan, and one that attracts bumblebee pollinators.)

Maker's notes: "The delightful dark chocolate palet is infused with Shui Xiang oolong tea and herbal red top clover yielding a relaxing and lovely subtle peach note."

Hummingbird Nectar tea chocolate

Aroma and flavor notes for this Michigan-inspired tea chocolate (decorated in gold) included an intriguing blend of sweet dark chocolate and gently complex cherry and berry fruit notes (cherry, blueberry, raspberry) infused into a velvety dark chocolate ganache filling. (Note: what I think was bright red raspberry was actually part of a hibiscus flower tea with bright red fruit-floral notes.)

As with the previous members of this Tea Collection, today's two chocolates were well-crafted, thoughtfully-balanced tea chocolates. Each element contributed bouquets of Michigan-inspired flavors. 

The choice of a dark(er) chocolate also helped prevent these two filled confections from being too sweet (thank you).

Maker's notes: "A golden ganache in every sense, this rich dark couverture is created with cream infused with a tisane of hibiscus, Montmorency cherry, blueberry, grape, currant, elderberry, and maple syrup. A luscious and creamy indulgence with an incredible and unique flavor profile."

Patricia makes "...artisan chocolates...handcrafted in the French tradition from the finest non-GMO fair trade couverture cocoas." Made without preservatives, artificial flavorings, or additives. 

Ingredients: (Ingredients listed on box, were for all six (different) chocolates. So it was difficult to determine the exact list for each individual chocolate.)

Allergen-related information: Ganache fillings contain dairy (heavy cream, unsalted butter). Some flavors may contain traces of nuts. Contact Patricia's Chocolates for more detailed information.


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