Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bar of the Week: Patric 70% with Nibs

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a bar of the week to help you practice your pucker:  Patric's 70% with Nibs.  Like most chocolate made from single-origin Madagascan cacao, this smooth dark chocolate features bright, tart notes of citrus and cherries.  A sprinkling of crunchy roasted nibs of the same cacao reinforces that tartness as well as adding a mellow note and nutty texture. 

Stop in and try Patric's 70% with Nibs at our store inside the Bravern in downtown Bellevue on Thursday, February 3rd, or at our store in upper Queen Anne on Saturday, February 5th.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bar of the Week: Bonnat's Surabaya

Our bar of the week is a high cacao-content milk chocolate from Bonnat, France's oldest bean-to-bar chocolate maker (established 1884).  Surabaya is a 65% milk chocolate made from single-origin Indonesian beans.  It's named for the capital city of East Java; Surabaya is also, coincidentally, one of Seattle's sister cities.   

Less sweet than many milk chocolates but milder than most darks, Surabaya has a sophisticated smoky edge and an incredibly creamy texture.  Come in and try Bonnat's Surabaya on Saturday, January 29th. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bar of the Week: Valrhona's Abinao

Our bar of the week is Valrhona's Abinao, an 85% dark chocolate made from African cacao.  If your tastebuds are feeling sluggish and dull, this deliciously bitter treat is sure to wake them up!  With hints of black tea and dried oak leaves, this bar more than lives up to its tagline: "Powerful & Tannic."    

Come by and try Abinao on Saturday, January 22nd. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bar of the Week: Madecasse 63%

Madecasse's premium direct-trade chocolate bars are made in Madagascar from single origin Madagascan cacao.  Our bar of week is their "sweet & smooth" 63% bar, a rich-textured dark chocolate with a softened take on the notes of cherry and citrus so characteristic of Madagascar.  Come by for a yummy sample on Saturday, January 15th.