Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tate's Bake Shop - Blondie - Oct. 21, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Tate's Bake Shop
Blondie
Good - Good +
Weight: 4 oz. (113 g.) in 1 piece
Calories: 510 calories for 1 piece (3 servings)
Cost: $27.00 for box of 6 (+ shipping)
Purchased from: Tate's Bake Shop, online order

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

I enjoyed Tate's Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies so much that I wanted to include their Gluten-Free brownie bars this week, so I ordered some. And, once again, a 7-day theme week, has grown by a few days.

When I was young, my mom used to make butterscotch brownies. These were also called blonde brownies, or "blondies."

This Gluten Free Blondie from Tate's Bake Shop (Southampton, NY) contained 1.) brown sugar, 2.) butter and 3.) semi-sweet chocolate chips -- in that order, followed by a list of natural ingredients. Almond flour and walnut bits gave these Blondie a slightly nutty taste and texture.

At 510 calories for the whole blondie, this was not a low-calorie item. But then, it doesn't pretend to be. The label suggested that this very rich bar be divided into 3 servings. So, find a knife, cut this into thirds and try to resist eating all three pieces yourself. I dare you.

Monday, October 20, 2014

jcoco - edamame bar, brownie - Oct. 20, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

jcoco
(created by Jean Thompson, Seattle Chocolates)
edamame sea salt in milk chocolate bar
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / part of a 6 pack of jcoco small bars
Calories: 250 calories (estimate) = 1/3 bar (+ 1 brownie with pieces of bar)
Cost: N/A - gift from a friend (thank you Toni!) ($18.00)
Purchased from: N/A - gift from a friend

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Brownie Theme Week.

Edamame (green soybeans) may not be the first flavor that pops to mind when dreaming up a new brownie.

However, there is much to be said for chocolate desserts with a savory kick. And armed with this belief, I created today's Asian-themed brownie cookies. Say what you will, mixing these up was great fun.

To a gluten-free brownie mix, I added finely chopped black sesame crackers, sea salt, a dash of tamari sauce, and chopped up most of a jcoco* edamame sea salt in milk chocolate bar (after tasting this bar by itself). The non-GMO and kosher bar had a good buttery milk chocolate melt/texture with crunchy pieces of roasted edamame and a slight hint of sea salt and soy sauce**.

The brownie cookies were chewy, slightly sweet and slightly savory, and were topped with a few roasted edamame. They worked for me, but may not be everyone's favorite.

*The jcoco brand is part of Seattle Chocolate Company.
**This bar probably contained a trace of wheat from the small amount of soy sauce.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

thinkThin - Brownie Crunch protein bar - Oct. 19, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

thinkThin, LLC
Brownie Crunch - High Protein Bar
Good
Weight: 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 230 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.79 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

I was pleasantly surprised by this Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar, distributed by thinkThin, LLC (Santa Monica, CA).

For a bar containing 20 grams of protein (a blend of whey and soy protein, casein) it was remarkably free of that slightly gritty texture and taste sometimes found in other such bars. It really did have a brownie taste, and I would say it had less crunch and more soft chew -- giving it more of a brownie-like texture.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Luna - Caramel Nut Brownie bar - Oct. 18, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Luna
(Clif Bar and Company)
Caramel Nut Brownie
OK+ - Good
Weight: 1.7 oz. (48 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $0.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

The Luna line of Nutrition bars (from Clif Bar) was "created by and designed for women."

Today's Caramel Nut Brownie contained soy protein and 24 Vitamins and Minerals, giving this nutrition bar the general flavor (not too sweet) and texture of a protein bar (substantial but less velvety than pure chocolate).

Nice to see some organic ingredients. This bar was "70% Organic," and contained organic chocolate chips, organic unsweetened chocolate, organic cocoa butter and organic chocolate flavor.




Wholesome Chow - The Big Yummy Brownie - Oct. 17, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Wholesome Chow
The Big Yummy - Double Chocolate Brownie
Very Good
Weight: 4 oz. (113.3 g.) in total package - 1 brownie
Calories: 420 calories in 1 brownie
Cost: $2.79 for 1 brownie
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week.

Wholesome Chow (Los Osos, CA) offers a line of gluten free and vegan cake mixes, and now this ready-to-eat "The Big Yummy" brownie.

This Double Chocolate Brownie was soft, moist and cake-like. The addition of chocolate chips enhanced, or doubled, the chocolate flavor. One of my favorite brownies so far, and proof that wonderful results are possible without traditional baking ingredients (wheat flour, eggs and dairy, butter, etc.).

This individually-wrapped brownie was supposed to contain three servings. Sadly, the brownie was eaten in its entirety and no more was left to share with others, she confessed as she wiped brownie crumbs up to hide the evidence.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Amy's - Gluten Free Brownies - Oct. 16, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Amy's Kitchen Inc.
Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies made with Organic Chocolate
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 7.0 oz. (199 g.) in total package
Calories: 150 calories in 1 brownie (1/5 package)
Cost: $6.79 in total box/package
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Gluten Free Brownie Theme Week.

Up until recently finding great-tasting, gluten-free brownies was adequate cause for celebration. And now Amy's Kitchen Inc. (Petaluma, CA) is spoiling us with great tasting Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies -- made with Organic Chocolate.

I found these brownies in the freezer section. The size was perfect -- smaller than a party size and bigger than a single serving, enough for 4-5 generous servings. The brownie "pan" was a relatively shallow, white cardboard tray; and I used a knife to very carefully cut out and remove the brownie size I wanted.

The brownie I had was sweet, moist and chewy with a rich, authentic chocolate taste. I would definitely share these with others.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Zing - Double Nut Brownie Bar - Oct. 15, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Zing Bars
Double Nut Brownie bar
Good
Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ unknown - lost receipt
Purchased from: unknown - lost receipt

What makes a brownie a brownie?

A deep chewy fudginess that is denser than a cake, but not quite a cookie? Today's Double Nut Brownies from Zing Bars (Seattle, WA) embodied some of these characteristics.

The creators behind this vegan, gluten-free*, soy free and Non-GMO brownie nut bar (finely ground almonds and walnuts) also incorporated some extra protein (rice, pea) and Vitamin E.

The chewiness and sweetness levels were just about right for me; that is, the bar was not too dry or crumbly, and not too sweet.

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Brownie Theme Week.

*Zing bars are made in a certified gluten free facility.


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