In 2006, my daughter bet I couldn't eat a different chocolate each day for a year. I enjoyed that year so much that, after 17+ years, I'm still eating a different chocolate every day. Happily, even after 6,200+ chocolates, there are still many more to try. Thank you to all who continue to be part of this global adventure.
Gretchen Gin Pralinen 60% Cacao Good ++ - Good +++ Weight: 1.48 oz. (42 g.) / 4.5 oz. (127 g.) in total box
Calories: 180 calories (estimate) in 4 pieces (2 servings) Cost: $12.95 (+ shipping) for 1 box of 12 pieces Purchased from: European Deli, online order
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Gin Theme Week.
Today's Schladerer Schwarzwald Gretchen Gin Pralinen 60% Cacao chocolates were manufactured by RC-Confiserie GmbH (Germany).
Aroma notes included: pleasant, very faintly nutty, smooth bittersweet chocolate with very subtle herb and floral notes.
Note: Before you take a bite, place a small plate, bowl under the piece of chocolate. Otherwise the sweet liquid gin syrup may drip onto your shirt. (And worse yet, you may lose some of the tasty syrup.)
Each small (two-bite size), hollow smooth, creamy chocolate shell was lined with a fine sugar crust inside (like a geode) and was full of flavorful, sweet Gretchen Gin syrup. This layered design offered a multi-textural experience.
Aroma and flavor notes included: chocolate (nut, very faint vanilla coconut cookie), a brief crunch of sugar crystals, and an unfolding of lovely sweet gin notes (juniper, sage), subtle fruit (faint lemon, apple, raspberry) and floral (saffron, vanilla, rose) notes.
These filled, dark chocolates were sweet (but, thankfully, the sugar didn't seem to overwhelm fine flavors) and the filling had just the right amount of gin flavor complexity. Warning: these beautifully (individually) wrapped filled chocolate gems can be fairly addictive. They would make a great dessert item.
Note: These chocolate centers did contain alcohol; and, as such, are not suitable for children.