Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Chuao Chocolatier - Potato Chip Milk Chocolate (bar) - Oct. 31, 2023

Chocolate(s) of the Day

Chuao Chocolatier
Potato Chip Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good + 
Weight: 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 420 calories in 1 bar
Cost: N/A - birthday present
Purchased from: N/A - birthday present (Thank you Megan!)

Happy Halloween--one of the biggest chocolate consumption days of the year in the U.S. 

This Potato Chip Milk Chocolate (bar) is the last of 4 bonus Halloween chocolate entries sandwiched in between a week of Bolivian Chocolates. Two of these Halloween chocolates contained potato (crisps and chips).

What's the connection between potatoes, chocolate and Bolivia? 

1.) My two favorite foods are: chocolate and potatoes.
2.) Both cacao and potatoes originated (and are still cultivated in) Bolivia* (and Peru).
3.) It's Halloween! I can eat any chocolate that I want. I like savory chocolates.

This evening's Potato Chip Milk Chocolate bar was from Chuao Chocolatier (Carlsbad, CA).

Aroma notes for included: sweet milk chocolate; very faint salted potato (potato chip); and very faint vanilla.

The texture was both creamy (milk chocolate, cocoa butter) and crunchy (embedded potato chip bits).

Flavor notes included: sweet (41% cacao) milk chocolate, salty potato chip bits, and very faint vanilla. The sugar and salt levels landed this bar into the addictive snack zone. 

Neither chocolate nor potato (chip) flavors were very strong. The sugar (and vanilla) and the fat (cocoa butter and oil from the potato chips) were more prominent. I like flavorful dark chocolates (including those with salt/umami flavor inclusions); but that didn't stop me from eating this entire milk chocolate bar. Scary. 

Ingredients: Premium 41% milk chocolate (cane sugar*, cacao butter*, milk, cacao*, sunflower and soy lecithin [as an emulsifier], natural vanilla*), potato chips (potatoes, vegetable oil [sunflower, corn and/or canola oil]), sea salt. 

Allergen-related information: "Contains: Milk, Soy" "Manufactured in a facility that uses tree nuts and wheat on shared equipment."

*There are thousands of varieties of potatoes in South America. The potato may have been first cultivated/domesticated in Bolivia as far back as 9,000+ years ago.

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