Sunday, April 11, 2010

ChocolateBet: April 11, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

1.) Kaia Foods
2 servings
Buckwheat Granola - Cocoa Bliss
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 4 oz. (114 g.)/ 12 oz. (340 g.) total package
Calories: 440 calories in 2 servings (1 cup)
Cost: $5.99 for total package
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Los Altos, CA

I'm in Las Vegas this week; chocolate temptations are everywhere. However, I brought this healthy-looking buckwheat item with me from home. I liked that this gluten-free, raw granola was not too sweet. This cereal was also nutritionally dense, which is to say, there were quite a few calories in a 1 cup serving -- 440 calories to be precise, not counting the nonfat milk I poured all over it. (I went downstairs and bought milk from Starbucks for the granola; that was fairly easy. Finding a spoon to eat this in my hotel room was more challenging.)

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Rice/Grains Theme Week. Because, however, some may not consider buckwheat to be a true grain (or type of rice), I decided to sacrifice and eat one more chocolate today. My second chocolate: a few bites of a fairly new Ghirardelli milk chocolate bar (below) with crisped rice. It's odd that I bought this bar in Las Vegas, since Ghirardelli is based in the San Francisco Bay Area -- where I live. But, such is the wide geographic reach of chocolate.

2.) Ghirardelli Chocolate
Luxe Milk - Crisp - 1/4 bar
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.)/ 2.81 oz. (80 g.) total bar
Calories: 100 calories for 1/4 bar (2 squares)
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Essentials (shop) in Harrah's Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV

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