Friday, September 17, 2010

ChocolateBet: September 16, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
2 beans
Ah Cacao
Cacao Beans (peel-and-eat)
Very Good - Very Good +
Weight:  5 grams (guesstimate)/100 grams total package
Calories: 24 calories (guesstimate)
Cost: $7.95 U.S. Dollars
Purchased from: Los Cinco Soles (shop), at the Cancun Airport, Quintana Roo; Mexico

These peel-and-eat cacao beans from Ah Cacao (Mexico) were a wonderful, unsweetened treat for someone who enjoys the intense taste of chocolate or cacao nibs. I found these whole beans to be richer tasting than the ground pieces, or cacao nibs -- which would be the next step in the chocolate-manufacturing process.

Crunching on a few of these beans was as close to the source as I've gotten, since tasting cacao fruit during a visit to a farm in Costa Rica a few years ago. I think more cacao field trips are in order. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. with a climate suitable for growing cacao trees that I know of; so that might be my next chocolate vacation destination.

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