Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Chocolate Project, episode 2: Winco buttons
I discovered these around 2009, if I remember right. I'm not sure who makes them, but they're in the bulk section of Winco, an employee-owned chain of grocery stores spreading through the inter-mountain west. They're 64% cacao solids, and they have extra cocoa butter added, which gives them a smooth velvety feeling when beaten up into a drink. They melt fairly quickly and are obviously made from pretty good beans.
I've been drinking these for a long time, usually with spices added, but of course for this first phase of the experiment, I did them plain, as before, using a third cup of water for two ounces of chocolate.
Our girls thought it was perfect.
My sweetie describes it as quite sweet, with a nice round flavor and a nice aftertaste. Kind of a fruity note.
I thought so too: to my taste it seems to have more mid-high notes than the Guittard chips, and a reasonably clean finish. Again, the added cocoa butter gives the drink an extra smoothness, which helps lubricate the thick consistency.
I will continue to use these for as long as I can foresee. Although a little sweeter than I sometimes prefer, they're nice and luxurious and a good mainstay. They're particularly good with some flavors that I'll write about later.