Sometimes you feel like a nut, and when you do, I invite you to reach for this Josh Almond & Sea Salt Milk Chocolate 48% Bar. The creamy, utterly satisfying milk chocolate is studded with crunchy chopped almonds, and then kissed with a sprinkling of sea salt. It’s delightfully tasty!!!
The chocolate, made from Ecuadorian beans from Hacienda San Jose, has a nutty flavor profile with gentle notes of bread and malt. Whole milk powder in the recipe adds an additional layer of softness to the flavor and mouthfeel, while the inclusion of roughly chopped almonds delivers both texture and taste. Josh calls his chocolate “approachable” and I heartily concur. It’s very accessible to the palate and well-suited to all chocolate lovers…rookies, kids and connoisseurs!
Josh McCain of Josh Chocolates is a local gem. Like me, he lives and works in New Jersey, and I’m so glad he’s my friend! Josh is both a bean-to-bar maker, as well as a chocolatier. He is a classically trained chef as well as a graduate of the pastry program at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. He has worked in some of New York City’s finest restaurants including Loring Place and Union Square Hospitality Group.
Josh started his own chocolate company in March 2021 and I’m super excited to enjoy more of his yummy creations as his chocolate path continues to unfold. Fun fact about Josh: he is a 19-year military veteran with multiple combat deployments and recipient of the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals. He’s raising four young boys with his fiancé by his side, and when he’s not playing with chocolate or kids, he’s training for triathlons!