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Moonstruck Chocolate

January 12, 2011

One sunny day, when our daughter Anna was still in a high chair, she shielded her eyes and said,

“Mama, I don’t like that sun.”
My reply, “You don’t like the sun…well, do you like the moon?”
“No.  I don’t like that moon.”
“So, what do you like?”
A big smile spread across her cheeks and she said, in three words instead of one:
“Cho-co-late!”

What on earth is better than good chocolate? Very, very few things.  Another find from our Thanksgiving 2010 trip to Portland, Oregon was Moonstruck Chocolate.  We’d seen their packaging before in design annuals — a wonderful mix of whimsy and beautiful type — and came across their chocolate cafe on NW 23rd Avenue.  At $7.50 per bar, it is indeed an indulgence. Yet if you do it Charlie Bucket style (rationing out a square or two at a time) it starts to seem like a bargain.

My favorite was their Dominican Single Origin Dark Chocolate bar with 72% cacao.  Deep, rich and complex? Absolutely. Can I be more specific? Not so much. However, the enthusiastic store clerks and the copy on their website talk of orange rind, red wine and blackberry. All I know is that it’s really, really good stuff.

Moonstruck Chocolate

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