Sunday, August 19, 2018

TCHO - Banana Nut Organic Dark 64% Cacao bar - Aug. 19, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

TCHO 
banana nut - Organic dark chocolate with almonds and banana 64% cacao (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.79 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week. The fruit inclusion of the day is banana.

Today's banana nut Organic dark chocolate with almonds and + banana 64% cacao bar was crafted by TCHO in Berkeley, CA.

The banana flavor and almond bits were balanced and subtle, allowing the smooth, creamy dark chocolate to be prominent in the tasting experience. Flip the bar over and it was bumpy with banana and nut bits—also visible in broken pieces.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

TCHO - Dark Chocolate with Orange + Toffee 64% bar - Aug. 18, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

TCHO 
Dark Chocolate with Orange + Toffee 64% Cacao bar
Good 
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 205 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.79 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week. And the fruit in focus today is orange.

This Organic, Dark Chocolate with Orange + Toffee 64% bar was crafted by TCHO in Berkeley, CA.

The orange flavor and the bits of crunchy toffee inclusions were balanced and subtle, allowing the smooth, moderately dark chocolate to be the most prominent flavor in the tasting experience. 

The texture was slightly more crumbly than expected (perhaps due to toffee bits).









Compartes Chocolatier - Fruit Cocktail 73% Dark Chocolate bar - Aug. 17, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Compartes Chocolatier
Fruit Cocktail 73% Cacao Dark Chocolate Mixed Fruits (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 166.66 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $7.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: (unknown gift shop on pier), Monterey, CA
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week.

And what better bar to celebrate this week than a dark chocolate fruit cocktail bar?

Today's Fruit Cocktail 73% Dark Chocolate Mixed Fruits bar was created by Compartes Chocolatier (Los Angeles, CA). Jonathan Grahm, took over Compartes in his twenties. 

Grahm, a native Angelino, has created a staggering array of bars and confections with flavor inclusions since then (more than 200), all artfully designed and packaged.

"Fruit Cocktail" didn't fully describe the dazzling display of dried/crystallized fruits pressed on the back of this gluten-free dark bar. It was a fantasy fashioned from the crown jewels of fruits.

You might find any or all of the following: apples, bananas, raspberries, peach, pear, kiwi, melon, raisins, strawberries, mango, apricot, pomegranate, cranberries...and more.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lake Champlain Chocolates - Filled Passion Fruit 80% Dark bar - Aug. 16, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Lake Champlain Chocolates
Filled Passion Fruit 80% Cocoa Dark bar
Good ++
Weight: 1.625 oz. (46 g.) / 3.25 oz. (92 g.) in total bar
Calories: 253.3 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.69 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA 

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week.

Today's Filled Passion Fruit 80% Cocoa bar from Lake Champlain Chocolates (Burlington, VT) was an intriguing combination of deep dark chocolate surrounding an creamy inner filling of tropical, tart, passion fruit.

The company has added a barely there touch of lime that also helps cut the sugar level (thank you). 

Normally, a smooth but bold 80% cocoa chocolate might overwhelm more delicate fruit flavors; but the two extremes co-existed rather beautifully and seductively in this bar.


Dove - Real Cherries in Dove Dark Chocolate - Aug. 15, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dove*
Real Cherries Dipped in Dove Chocolate
Good - Good +
Weight: 3 oz. (~84 g.) / 17 oz. (482 g.) in total package
Calories: 400 calories in 2 servings
Cost: $8.49 for 1 package 
Purchased from: Target Stores, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week.

These "Real Cherries Dipped in Silky Smooth Dove Dark Chocolate" were a slight departure from traditional Dove chocolate bars and offerings.

The slightly chewy, dried cherry centers had an authentic, slightly tart-sweet cherry flavor with chocolate richness surrounding the core fruit.

Glossy dark chocolate exteriors gave these rounds some shine and durability. Altogether, they were fairly tasty.

*The Dove brand is owned by Mars, Incorporated

Flax4Life - Dark Cherry Brownie flax muffins - Aug. 14, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Flax4Life
Dark Cherry Brownie
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.16 oz. (33 g.) / 14 oz. (396 g.) in total container
Calories: 130 calories in 1 muffin
Cost: $8.99 for 1 container of 12 muffins
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate Brownie Theme Week and Day #2 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week.

August is a great time for fresh summer fruits, including grapes, melons, figs, peaches and cherries. Today's container of Dark Cherry Brownie flax muffins was from Flax4Life (Bellingham, WA).

These dairy free, gluten free and nut free mini brownie muffins had sweet fudge brownie flavor and texture, with subtle, natural (dried, dark cherry) fruit flavor.







Monday, August 13, 2018

Muffin Revolution - Cha Cha Cha Cherry Chocolate Chia Muffins - Aug. 13, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Muffin Revolution
Cha Cha Cha Cherry Chocolate Chia Muffins
Good 
Weight: 2.25 oz. (65 g.) / 9 oz. (260 g.) in total container or 4 muffins
Calories: 170 calories in 1 muffin
Cost: $5.99 (guess) for 1 container of 4 muffins
Purchased from: Whole Foods Market, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate Brownie Week.

Chocolate Cherry Chia Muffins from Muffin Revolution (Richmond, CA) 

This grain-free, paleo-friendly and Non-GMO muffin was satisfying and less sugary sweet than most muffins or brownies (thank you!).  Sweetness was supplied by dates and fruits.

The texture was slightly more coarse—it was made with blanched almond meal/flour—than processed white grain flours. The chocolate flavor was pleasing; and the cherry and chia flavors were so well incorporated they might be missed.

So, while this is technically a muffin and not a brownie, if one were to bake a less-sweet, paleo brownie it might be similar to today's chocolate cherry muffin. 

The Muffin Revolution muffins also contained fruits and vegetables (apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, zucchini) and eggs.


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