Sunday, July 2, 2023

Lolli & Pops - Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Tiles - July 2, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Lolli & Pops 
Sea Salt Dark Chocolate
Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 8.04 oz. (240 g.) total package of 16 tiles
Calories: 160 calories in 2 squares/tiles 
Cost: $N/A - gift from a friend 
Purchased from: N/A - gift from a friend (Thank you Don)

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Sea Salt.

Today's Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Tiles were manufactured for Lolli & Pops (San Francisco, CA). The company is a candy and confection shop with store locations in the U.S. that "sources ingredients from around the world."

The two individually-wrapped, 54% Belgian dark chocolate square-shaped tiles featured today were part of a larger, 16-piece (8 flavors) assortment pack. 

Aroma notes for these tiles included: dark chocolate with peat (earth) notes when the small sealed package was first opened. (The peat aroma receded after a few minutes.) The second piece was sweeter and lacked the same earth/peat aroma. Instead it had faint fruit (berry, cherry) notes.

Both Sea Salt Chocolate Tiles had a relatively smooth, creamy texture.

Flavor notes included faintly earthy (peat) dark chocolate (that tasted bolder than 54%)--with a granulated salt finish. 

As with the aroma notes mentioned above, the second of the two squares was different from the first. It lacked the same earthy/peaty flavor; and had a more sweet, subtle dark chocolate flavor with a very faint (barely detectable, fleeting) wet cardboard note. It also had a salty finish, but it was more harmonious all the way around than the first, identically labeled, square.

Complexity: yes, but there were some mild "off" notes. 

Ingredients: Dark chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla flavor) + salt and possibly other ingredients. (Each flavor's ingredients were not separately identified.) This assortment pack "contains bioengineered ingredients." (I appreciated the labeling transparency. It was not clear whether this referred to the cacao/chocolate, or the different/some flavor inclusions, or both.)

Allergen-related information: This advisory was listed on the package for all 8 flavors: "Contains: milk, soy and wheat. May contain peanuts and tree nuts."

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