Friday, September 17, 2010

ChocolateBet: September 17, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:

1 package, 3 pieces
Ah Cacao
1.) Milk Chocolate (35%) - Good
2.) White Chocolate - Good
3.) Dark Chocolate (72%) - Good +
Weight: .88 oz. (25 grams) in total package
Calories: 140 calories (estimate)
Cost: $4.95 (USD) total package of 3 pieces
Purchased from: Los Cinco Soles (shop), Cancun Airport, Quintana Roo; Mexico

These three different chocolates (milk, white and dark) from Ah Cacao were molded into "chocsimiles" (chocolate facsimiles) of miniature cacao pods, and packaged together in this offering from Mexico.

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.

ChocolateBet: September 15, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:
1/2 bar
Chocolate con Avellanos
Good +
Weight: 25 grams / 50 gram bar
Calories: 125 calories (estimate)
Cost: $NA
Purchased from: NA

This chocolate bar, flavored with roasted hazelnuts, served as lunchtime snack, on the way to the Cancun airport in Mexico. It was time to head home after being gone for more than two weeks. Lots of catching up on this blog when I get home.

Due to travel this month, photos and posts may be delayed.
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