Sunday, July 6, 2008

ChocolateBet: July 6, 2008

Chocolate of the Day:
1 small chocolate coin
MICO?/Chocolate Heaven
"Alcatraz Pirates" shot glass - fill with milk chocolate gold coins
Good + - Very Good - not bad for milk chocolate
Wt: 1.5 oz. total (~20 gold foil-wrapped coins)
Calories: ~11.2 cals. for 1 coin
Cost: $5.99 for pirate shot glass and choc. coins
Purchased from: Chocolate Heaven, at Pier 39, in San Francisco, CA

I was hoping to save up enough chocolate items to have a "chocolate and money" theme week, but I will likely just eat an item as I find it. The chocolate in chocolate coins is usually OK; the real value of the item tends to be the novelty. And, now that I think about it, chocolate money may have held up better in value in the last several months than the U.S. dollar. So,....I'm making an investment. Right.

The printing on the gold foil indicates that the coins are solid milk chocolate, and lists the U.S. as the country of origin, and the date of coinage as 1865. (It does not look like a Spanish 2-escudo dubloon coin, but then again, I think making exact replicas of money items may be illegal anyway.) I'm not sure about where the "pirate" connection comes in here. There is a place called Pirate's Cove on Alcatraz and there were pirates in the 1800s. I may be missing out on a story here. And maybe I'm just trying to read way too much into a cheap San Francisco souvenir. Entirely possible! :-)

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