Sunday, June 4, 2023

NearyNogs Chocolate Makers - Old Fashioned (bar) - June 4, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

NearyNogs Chocolate Makers
Old Fashioned (bar)
Good ++
Weight: .706 oz. (20 g.) / 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 109 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate, Spirits and Savory Snacks Theme Week.

Today's Old Fashioned 70% Dominican Republic (Zorzal) bar was crafted by NearyNogs Chocolate Makers* (Mourne Coast, Ireland), and was part of the company's Irish Collection--itself a nod to traditional Irish "songs and stories, on walks, in homes, pubs and now in a chocolate factory."

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate, faint orange and even fainter sweet whiskey.

This bar had a smooth and satisfying texture and melt. The tiny crystals of burnt sugar embedded in the 70% dark chocolate were a fun and tasty touch.**

The flavors were thoughtfully balanced. The orange bitters (dried orange, bitters) and Irish Whiskey flavors were quite subtle, and seamlessly integrated with a smooth, but flavorful, (70%) dark chocolate base (that had true chocolate notes: dark fudge brownie with ground, roasted nibs). 

I suggest savoring this bar first, by itself, to appreciate the more subtle flavor nuances. Savory snacks (Irish cheddar, blue cheese, chips and savory nuts) followed today's chocolate.

Ingredients: "70% Organic Dominican Republic Chocolate (70% Organic Dominican Republic Chocolate (70% cacao beans and sugar), burnt sugar, dried orange, bitters, irish whiskey, cacao nibs"

Allergen-related information: None listed on packaging. (No common allergens listed in ingredients list.)

*"Neary" comes from a family name and "Nogs" is from Gaelic roots; and roughly translates into English as "the land of the youth, or the eternal land."

**"The old fashioned is a cocktail made by muddling sugar with bitters, adding whiskey and garnishing with a twist of orange rind. It is traditionally served in an old fashioned glass, which predated the cocktail."

Charbonnel et Walker - Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles - June 3, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Charbonnel et Walker 
Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.26 oz. (26 g.) in total box of three truffles
Calories: 195 calories (estimate) in 3 chocolates/truffles
Cost: $10.95 for 1 box of 3 truffles
Purchased from: Charbonnel et Walker, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate, Spirits and Savory Snacks Theme Week.

Today's Dark Sea Salt Caramel Truffles were from Charbonnel et Walker (London). Previously, truffles sampled from this historic chocolatier included four spirit-infused flavors: champagne, gin, rum and whisky. (No spirits today; but I did enjoy these with wine and cheese.) 

Aroma notes included: chocolate (cocoa).

The relatively thick outer dark chocolate shell was crunchy, the inner filling was creamy, and the entire truffle was chocolate-y (hot chocolate, drinking chocolate, chocolate mousse). The ganache (filling) also had a subtle salt caramel flavor.

These creamy, crunchy and chocolate-y truffles went well with wine and cheese(s); but would also have been good with savory nuts, sliced fruit, and a sip of salted mocha latte spiked with Amaretto.

Maker's description: " A beautiful mini-heart with three of our delicious Dark Chocolate Truffles with a Sea Salt Caramel center."

Note: There was also an ordering option to add a gift card with a personalized message.

Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa fat, soy lecithin), salted caramel (glucose syrup, sweetened condensed nonfat milk, palm kernel oil and palm oil (from a sustainable source), mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, sea salt), cocoa powder (cocoa powder, potassium carbonate).

Allergen-related information: Contains Milk and soy. May contain tree nuts and wheat.


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