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Melanie Wong | Apr 4, 202101:45 AM    

Well, i've already consumed my Easter bunny.

Bean-to-bar producer, Volo Chocolate unveiled the Essential Chocolate Bunny complete with masks and injection site bandaid for the COVID-19 Easter season. On first glance in person, these seemed rather small for a $12 outlay. Then I was assured that they are SOLID chocolate and weigh in at 67 grams.

Made of organic, transparent trade cacao from Haiti in a deep and intense 67% milk chocolate formulation with browned butter, sea salt and a whiff of cinnamon, this bunny KO's every other Easter treat. Darker than expected chocolate tones with a hint of caramel from the beurre noisette coat the palate with a luxurious plush mouthfeel.

This was one year that I was not among the 59% of the public that starts with the bunny ears and head first. No, I wanted to judge how hard it might be to bite through those thick haunches of solid chocolate. Though soft-ish in texture, still best approached by nibbling instead of trying to bite off a chunk.

For the rest of the year, I'm a fan of this 62% dark milk chocolate with browned butter in bar form, $8 for 2.5 ounces. At Christmas time, I bought a six-pack of assorted bars, $46.50, to divvy up for stocking stuffers.

Volo will be returning to the Saturday morning farmers market in Healdsburg when it opens for the season on April 17.

Volo Chocolate

Handmade in Sonoma County, Volo "Bean to Bar" Chocolate by married Chefs, Jeff and Susan Mall.

volochocolate.com
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