Tuesday, February 15, 2011

B.T. McElrath Dark Chocolate: For every day and every holiday

Seeing as I posted about a dish I made on the Superbowl on Valentine’s Day, it seems only fitting that I should post about chocolate the day after the most chocolate-centric holiday of the year. Because clearly that makes perfect sense – just like everything I do and/or say.

But as someone who doesn’t need a holiday to tell me when to love my friends, family and my future husband who doesn’t know I exist yet, it’s actually quite sensible.

Just like I don’t need Saint Valentine to tell me when to feel love (or the lack thereof), I don’t need him to tell me when it’s acceptable to ingest chocolate. In my mind, every day should be celebrated with the silky substance – especially every day during February, which, incidentally, is National Chocolate Month.

I’ve been hoarding this chocolate bar – the best I’ve ever had – to myself for some time now. I’ve kind of enjoyed having it as my little secret – or at the very least, a secret between myself and Ashley, who told me about B.T. McElrath’s dark chocolate after Easter last year. She’d received the 3 ounce bar of the company’s proprietary blend of European and Colombian chocolate (70% cacao) for the holiday, and, unable to resist its tantalizing flavor, devoured the entire thing in a single day. (In my mind, a completely reasonable thing to do whilst celebrating the risen Christ and the end of the Lenten period of self-sacrifice.)

As soon as Ashley told me about this mystical dark chocolate bar that had the power to trample all forms of self-control, I knew I had to get my teeth around one. It didn’t take long for me to track the bars down at my local Whole Foods; it also didn’t take long for me to fall completely head-over-heels for the smooth, sweet dark chocolate.

Aside from the flawless melt, lingering smoky aftertaste and satisfying snappiness, the dark chocolate is not cloyingly bitter – my biggest complaint with most dark chocolates that contain 70% or more cacao. It’s a dark chocolate bar that even a milk chocolate-lover can appreciate.

While I have come to treasure the sophistication and simplicity of the plain dark chocolate bar, in the time since discovering B.T. McElrath’s products, I’ve also developed a deep affection for their Salty Dog Chocolate – the same 70% dark chocolate dotted with flakes of butter toffee and then dusted with sea salt. This bar is even harder for me to savor – I usually can’t limit myself to just two squares a day, which is my usual method of ingesting the $4.95 indulgence so that I can stretch it out for an entire week.

It’s no easy feat.

Which is, of course, where the whole holiday and national food holiday nonsense comes into play. If two squares is acceptable every day, then clearly ten squares is acceptable on Valentine’s Day and any other day during the month of February.

Anything less would be unpatriotic. So says the completely rational, overly sensible girl who made Chana Masala on Superbowl Sunday.


Gastronomer said...

The Salty Dog sounds absolutely fabulous. Salt and toffee never lets me down. Never.

stuffycheaks said...

I like your rationale, definitely 10 squares is acceptable in Feb! I'm drolling now so I gotta raid the office chocolate stash!

Esi said...

Ooh, that Salty Dog bar sounds so good. This post makes me miss my trips to the Bev Hills Whole Foods to seek chocolate therapy during my breaks at that other place.

Ashley said...

They are chocolate geniuses! Although I preferred the plain dark chocolate for a while, I've come around to the salty dog too :)

Anna A. said...

Must find this chocolate! Must stuff pie hole with a salty dawg!

Monet said...

So I don't usually crave chocolate bars, but after reading your post...I need to find one of these joys right now! Thanks for sharing, sweet thing. Many blessings to you as the week unfolds.

Jenny said...

OOOh- I need to try that Salty Dog Bar!!!
Dessert Darling

Jenny said...

OOOh- I need to try that Salty Dog Bar!!!
Dessert Darling

missmosher said...

that bar sounds divine. I will have to search one out.

I love your blog! and have followed it for awhile now and it never disappoints I noticed your in orange county every now and then and so I was hoping you could check out my blog I just started about orange counties food


Diana said...

Cathy - The Salty Dog is doggone delicious. I can't wait for you to try it!

Stephanie - Hope the raid went well!

Esi - I knew you had a sweet tooth underneath the salty one! ;)

Ashley - Both bars are brilliant specimans. Thank you for introducing me to their glorious existence. :)

Anna - Please do, and report back immediately!

Monet - I hope you enjoy the chocolate as much as I do!

Jenny - I was hoping you'd see this post -- this chocolate is right up your alley! :)

Miss Mosher - Thank you so much for
the kind words! Can't wait to check out your blog! :)

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

love the salty dog! used to get it at joan's all the time!