Saturday, May 19, 2012

Snake & Butterfly Chocolate


Today I attended one of the Artisan's Markets at Williams-Sonoma.  They hold these once a month, and bring in assorted merchants each time.  One of the vendors today was Snake & Butterfly, a local chocolate maker.  I've encountered them at a few other events, but I've never really been that into their chocolate.  The bars are all made with 62% dark chocolate.

Notes on the bars I've tried.  As always, multiple tastings are reflected in brackets.
  • Bacon toffee: "A distinctive blend of beans from the Barlovento Coast of Venezuela, and beans from Bali that are smoked in-house over native applewood."  Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic agave nectar, organic sugar, bacon, butter, salt. Tasting notes: Gross.  Mediocre chocolate with subtle bacon flavor that mostly just tastes burnt.  Interesting ingredient list with cane juice, agave, and sugar all used. [ Ok bacon flavor ]
  • Cherry & chili: "A distinctive blend of beans from the Barlovento Coast of Venezuela, and beans from Bali that are smoked in-house over native applewood." Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic dried cherries, chipotle.  Tasting notes: chocolate isn’t ZOMG but chili adds a nice kick, cherry adds a nice chew. [ nice chunks of cherry, has some serious heat to it ] [ best of their bars ]
  • Ginger & nib: "A Criollo bean from the Puerto Cabello Coast of Venezuela - delicate, sweet and velvety. The pleasing crunch of roasted nibs and chewy-sweet glow of candied ginger. " Ingredients: Organic cocoa beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cocoa butter, organic candied ginger.  Tasting notes: like their other bars chocolate itself isn’t that great, candied ginger is nice, nib adds a nice crunch. [ Flavors very subtle, didn’t pick up on ginger or nib really.] [ Ginger provides a nice zing, chocolate not that interesting, didn’t pick up on nibs. ] [ Chocolate fairly generic and not interesting.  Kinda gritty texture from the nibs.  Doesn’t have much ginger ]

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