Wednesday, February 25, 2009

ChocolateBet: February 13, 2009

Chocolate of the Day:

2 pieces/clusters
Madi K's/Madison's Grand Avenue Chocolates
Dark Choc Almond Clusters - California Roasted Nonpareil Almonds (52% cacao)
Wt.: ~1.29 oz. (~37 g.) for 2 clusters/1.95 oz. (56 g.) total box of 3 clusters
Very Good
Calories: 200 cals. in 2 clusters (2/3 box)
Cost: $2.99 for total package
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

I packed up these almond clusters to eat on a trip down to Costa Rica. As noted before, I almost never need this chocolate stash (as there is usually plenty of local chocolates to try). However, because my goal is to eat a different kind of chocolate each day, for at least 1,000 days, I travel with some extra chocolates that are on my list to eat, just in case.

I ate these at the Hotel Bougainvillea near San Jose, Costa Rica, which has a large, beautiful garden in back of the hotel. In this garden there are a few little cacao trees, coffee bushes, gardenias, and many other beautiful plants, trees, flowers, ponds, and statues. Seeing cacao trees on this trip (and a few days later trying the white fruit that surrounds the cacao beans) was a major highlight.

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