Monday, March 6, 2023

Honeymoon Chocolate - Strawberry Milk Chocolate (bar) - Mar. 6, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Honeymoon Chocolate
Strawberry Milk Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 2.2 oz. (62 g.) in total bar
Calories: 280 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar 
Purchased from: Z. Cioccolato, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Fruits Theme Week.

Today's Strawberry Milk Chocolate (bar) from Honeymoon Chocolates (Clayton, MO). was created using a short list of thoughtfully sourced cacao (Belize), cacao butter (Peru), raw honey (local farms), and organic ingredients (cacao, milk, strawberries).*

I usually prefer dark chocolates. And I admit my first reaction when I read "strawberry milk chocolate" was a small sigh. Milk and sugar can dull fresh, sweet-tart fruit flavors. (This can happen with some strawberry ice creams.) However, this skillfully made and nuanced bar (that I suggest savoring slowly) proved otherwise.

Aroma notes included: fermented cacao and tart-sweet red fruit. (Just as some bottles of wine are best left to breathe after opening, some well-sealed chocolates improve with being aired out for a few minutes after opening.)

The initial fermentation notes dissipated in less than 10 minutes leaving room for richer, more attractive, nuanced chocolate and caramel and delicate floral (pollen/honey) notes.

This bar had an interesting texture with a melt that started slow (in a cold tasting room) with an almost gentley waxy creamy mouthfeel that accelerated into a rapid, natural melt. I am assuming this was in part due to the use of raw honey instead of cane sugar.

The attractive bar had a hexonal honeycomb pattern on the front side and an authentic rosey,  duo-toned, naturally red pink strawberry pieces adhered to the back of the bar.

What about the chocolate? The milk chocolate had more of a clear, well-balanced bittersweet chocolate (rather than a muted milk chocolate) flavor, that I liked. 

Raw honey and strawberry fruit bits provided subtle sweetness, without the same sugar buzz** that one often find in milk chocolates. (Thank you!)

*Ingredients: Organic cacao, raw honey, organic cacao butter, organic milk powder, organic strawberry.

Allergen-related information: "Free of refined sugar, soy, or gluten."

** Honey tends to be sweeter than sugar, by weight, which means that a 70% cacao chocolate bar sweetened with honey, might taste different than a 70% chocolate bar sweetened with cane sugar.

Coracao - Cacao Nectar 81% Dark Chocolate & Cacao Fruit (bar) - Mar. 5, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Coracao Chocolate
Cacao Nectar 81% Dark Chocolate and Cacao Fruit (bar)
Good ++ 
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) total bar
Calories: 320 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Z. Cioccolato, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Fruits Theme Week.

Today's Cacao Nectar 81% Dark Chocolate and Cacao Fruit (bar) was created by Coracao Chocolate (Richmond, CA).

Aroma and flavor notes for this Organic chocolate bar included: diffuse, mildy tart sweet fruit (cacao fruit, peach, subtle ripe pineapple and soursop), dark chocolate (with faint, fleeting, balanced earth notes), faint caramel and very faint coconut cookie (vanilla) notes.

Sweetened with a judicious amount of coconut sugar, cacao fruit/juice provided satisfying and nuanced natural sweetness. 

Cacao fruit is often described as a blend of several more fruits including a range of melon (e.g. watermelon candy), citrus, and a variety of other tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, banana, soursop, etc.), and sometimes includes more delicate pear, apple and floral notes. (Flavors can vary slightly depending on the cacao fruit variety and processing methods.)

Ingredients: Organic heirloom cacao, organic coconut sugar, organic cacao butter, evaporated cacao fruit juice, Himalayan salt and organic vanilla bean.

Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that processes almonds, cashews & other tree nuts

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