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Mmmm, Chocolate

Well, I haven't read much more of the book, maybe a couple of chapters. Apparently if I want to be a real chocolate taster, I had better increase my consumption quite a bit. Chloe, the taster in the book I am reading, eats close to a pound a day of dark chocolate. I generally savor one really good chocolate bar for a few days. This week, I am working on 3 chocolate bars. One is already gone, but it was really small and really good. It was from Guittard. Wow, they use a blend of all three types of cocao beans, and the bar was tempered to a perfect thin crisp that melted luxuriously after about 3 seconds on my tongue.Guittard Warning: these will all be "naked" photos.

The next one up to bat was a Fran's bittersweet chocolate bar. 70 percent cocoa. I didn't like it as much, as it has kind of a brassy overtone to it - sort of acidic - which is something that irks me about many of the dark chocolates. It is still good, and don't worry, I'll still finish it. I will keep it on hand for later comparisons. I had a Dilletante bar I really loved a few weeks ago, and I would like to compare them side by side. Frans_bar

The third bar I am working on is from Blanxart. Dark chocolate of course. This has been a long time favorite of mine. It has a mellow cocoey buttery flavor with kind of a powdery texture as it melts. It comes from Spain, but I only used to be able to find it in Italian specialty stores. According to the book I'm reading, the Spanish are responsible for bringing chocolate over to Europe. They tried to keep it a secret, but as royalty married into other nations, they couldn't live without it. I will post a photo soon.

January 13, 2005 in Food and Drink | Permalink


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