Saturday, September 5, 2009

ChocolateBet: September 5, 2009

Chocolate of the Day:

1 bar
Gnosis Chocolate
"Surthrival Choc" bar
Very Good
Weight: 2 oz. (56 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 300 calories (guesstimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $?
Purchased from: Gnosis Chocolate

This morning, as part of a 1,000 mile walk, I woke up early to hike a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail, through a dicey neighborhood. (For more about this silly walking the bay business, see: I had to pump myself up for this walk.

So, in keeping with facing my fears and just doing it...I ate a "Surthrival Choc" raw chocolate bar from Gnosis Chocolate (made in New York City, NY). This Gnosis bar was chock full of interesting ingredients (e.g., goji berries, horny goat weed, Yohimbe, Lion's Mane Mushroom, Passionflower), and many adjectives. It was: handmade, raw, vegan, and was made without refined sugar, cholesterol, gluten, dairy or soy.

The word "Invincibility" is printed next to a purple-clad super hero-ess. Founder Vanessa Barg (aka Chocolate Girl) is young, energetic, and committed to making it happen. And, she's committed to inspiring herself, and others, to thrive and to attain dreams and goals.

Oh, and did I mention that part of the proceeds from this bar go to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation?

Speaking of chocolate-related adventures, and facing your fears, check out Solomon Jones's entertaining account* of his trip to Hershey's Park:

*Postscript: Sorry, this story is not longer available on

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