Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ChocolateBet: April 14, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
1/4 bar
Charles Chocolates
Caramelized Crisped Rice in 41% Milk Chocolate (bar)
Very Good
Weight: .85 oz. (24 g.) / 3.4 oz. (95 g.) in total bar
Calories: 128 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $4.59 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Draegers, in Menlo Park, CA

Today marked Day #5 of Chocolate and Rice/Grains Theme Week on Chocolate Banquet. This rich milk chocolate bar contained caramelized rice that was just at the right crispiness level for me.  This bar was large enough to share with a few people, and I did just that.

ChocolateBet: April 13, 2010

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

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
Cost: $
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.

2.) Payard Patisserie and Bistro
Rice Crispy Treat (bars)
Very Good
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.)
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