1.) Alter Eco
Dark Chocolate Quinoa - Midnight Crunch - 1/5 bar
Good + - Very Good
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.)/ 3.5 oz. (100 g.) total bar
Calories: 107 calories (estimate) in 1/5 bar
Purchased from: (not available)
Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Rice/Grains Theme Week. This Alter Eco fair trade dark (61% cocoa) bar was the first item I've tried with chocolate and quinoa; I'm always excited to try new combinations of food and other edible items with chocolate. This bar was also labeled as being soy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan.
Being in Las Vegas week, I stopped in to visit Vosges and Payard Patisserie and Bistro, both in Caesar's Palace (Forum Shops and Hotel and Casino, respectively). While I'm embarrassed to admit eating a three-course "dinner" at Payard this evening, my excuse is that one of these three courses fit in with Chocolate and Rice/Grains Theme Week.
Rice Crispy Treat (bars)
Cost: $4.00 for a package of two bars
Purchased from: Payard Patisserie and Bistro, in Las Vegas, NV
Payard's rice crispy bars are as high-end a version as you'll find. They are partially dipped/covered in dark chocolate, and "Payard" appears in tiny gold script across one (chocolate-coated) side of this bar. (Also available at Payard is an excellent flourless chocolate cookie that I highly recommend trying; and their Yuzu truffles were very good as well. I'll look forward to returning and featuring these later.)