Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MarieBelle - Caramelized Almond Bark bar - Sept. 30, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

MarieBelle New York
Caramelized Almond Bark bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 207 calories for 1/2 bar
Cost: $ N/A - present
Purchased from: N/A - present (from NYC)

Today was the last day (Day #7) of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

Thank you to Elana for this gift -- a Caramelized Almond Bar chocolate bar from MarieBelle New York (NYC, NY). This bar conjured up very fond memories of the cozy and beautiful MarieBelle retail space in SoHo.

I spent at least one hour there during a trip to Manhattan a few years ago. Bought some chocolate tea too as I recall. It was equal parts creative, relaxing and invigorating.

Once again, food, place and time has colored my food (and chocolate) memories.

Fair trade chocolate enveloped bits of caramelized Spanish almonds to make a smooth, sweet chocolate bark bar. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Divine Organics - Hawaiian Mac Nut Brittle - Sept. 29, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Divine Organics Raw Chocolate
(Transition Nutrition)
Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Brittle
Good
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45.3 g.) in total package
Calories: 300 calories in 1 package
Cost: $7.95 for 1 package
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

This organic and raw Divine Organic Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Brittle (Novato, CA) made for a great snack during a hike today at Point Reyes (next to the Pacific Ocean, where there was a herd of elk to admire from a distance).


Like other members of the Divine Organics brittle family, I enjoyed the slight maple flavor note from organic maple sugar used as a sweetener, and the inclusions -- in this case raw, Hawaiian macadamia nut pieces. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Divine Organics - Crunchy Cashew Brittle - Sept. 27, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Divine Organics
(Distributed by Transition Nutrition)
Crunchy Cashew Brittle
Good
Weight: .8 oz. (22.65 g.) /.6 oz. (45.3 g. ) in total package
Calories: 125 calories in 1/2 package
Cost: $7.95 for 1 package
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Brittle Theme Week.

This Crunchy Cashew Brittle from Divine Organics (Transition Nutrition) (Novato, CA) hit the spot today while on a bus ride -- to visit two organic farms in Northern California. In between bites of organic, raw fruits and vegetables, we nibbled on pieces of organic raw chocolate brittle with raw cashews.

Maple sugar proved to be a very pleasing sweetener. And raw cashew bits provided some pleasant crunchy texture, but were easily overwhelmed by the dark chocolate.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Divine Organics - Gojiberry Brittle - Sept. 27, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Divine Organics Raw Chocolate
Original Gojiberry Brittle
Good
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45.3 g.) in total package
Calories: 234 calories (estimate) in 1 package
Cost: $7.95 for 1 package
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Chocolate covered brittles from Divine Organics Raw Chocolate (Marin County, CA) are made with certified organic, fair trade, raw chocolate (from Ecuador, Venezuela and Indonesia).

Today's original gojiberry brittle had just 5 ingredients: organic raw cacao, organic maple sugar, organic raw goji berries, organic raw vanilla, and Royal Himalayan pink crystal salt.

The maple sugar and plump, flavorful gojiberries gave this chocolate a pleasing aroma and flavor. The texture of this brittle was less crackly crisp and more a smooth chocolate bark with a soft, satisfying crunch. Sweet, but not overly so -- like many sugar brittles.

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Marco Paolo - Coconut Brittle - Sept. 26, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Marco Paolo Chocolates
Coconut Nectar Brittle Bark
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) /3.65 oz. (103.5 g.) in total package
Calories: 140 calories (estimate) for 1 oz. (28.3 g.) serving
Cost: $10.00 (estimate) for 1 package
Purchased from: Marco Paolo Chocolates

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

Coconut Nectar makes a delicious syrup base -- and a great brittle as well, as evidenced by this Coconut Nectar Brittle Bark from Marco Paolo Chocolates (Van Nuys, CA/Los Angeles, CA).

This confectionary pleasure consisted of thin sheets of buttery toffee made with coconut cream, organic coconut palm sugar, butter, glucose* syrup, flaked coconut, and a 70% dark chocolate coating.

Despite three coconut ingredients, the coconut flavor is very subtle and well balanced, as are the textures and other flavors. So, even if you think you're not a coconut fan, I recommend trying this coconut nectar brittle bark.

The well-sealed pouch enabled this brittle to stay crisp and fresh; and it also refrigerated well. (This Coconut Nectar brittle was available online in a 1-pound box when I checked this week.)

*Note: For those watching their gluten intake, glucose syrup may or may not be gluten free.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Her Coconess - Nibby Peanut Brittle - Sept. 25, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Her Coconess Confections
Nibby Peanut Brittle
Good +
Weight: 6 oz. (169.8 g.) in total package
Calories: 138 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. piece
Cost: $10.00 for one package
Purchased from: Her Coconess (herself)

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

Perhaps the most well-known brittle in the U.S. is peanut brittle. Shelley Seward, Her Coconess Confections (Belmont, CA), has added her own twist to this perennial favorite -- a sprinkling of cocoa nibs on her Nibby Peanut Brittle.

These dark bits carry the essence of chocolate flavor, without the sugar. This is fine, as there is plenty of sweetness already in this rich, golden brittle. A dab of butter, vanilla bean and sea salt added to this peanuty, crunchy confection make for a great offering.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Pretzel Perfection - Sept. 24, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Pretzel Perfection
Good - Good +
Weight: 3 oz. (85 g.) in total package
Calories: 420 calories in 1 package
Cost: $1.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was the first day of Chocolate, Brittle and Bark Theme Week.

While not technically a brittle, today's crunchy, gluten-free amalgam of chocolate, pretzels, toffee peanuts and chocolate and peanut butter chips from Pretzel Perfection (Vancouver, WA) contained a sprinkling of toffee bits as well -- making each one of these clusters similar to a fully loaded shard of chocolate brittle or bark.

The jumble of layered flavored and textures was fun and satisfying; and this made me want to try more of the company's sweet and savory gluten-free pretzel offerings.
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