Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ChocolateBet: October 6, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:

1 serving
Cocoa Diva's Chocolate Bar
"Pairs with Port" tasting chocolates
Very Good
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) (estimates) for 1 rectangular tin
Calories: 190 calories (estimate) for 1 serving
Cost: $7.00 donation (bought at an event)
Purchased from: Cocoa Diva's booth, at the Waterfront Festival - Art, Wine, and Chocolate, in Suisan Bay, CA

Cocoa Diva's specialty is pairing wines and chocolates. Their rectangular tins were chock full of small, round pieces of chocolate specially formulated to pair well with specific red wines. In this case, the 54% cocoa chocolate discs were paired to go with port.

To test this claim, I did a port pairing. Conclusion: these small chocolate rounds did, in fact, go well with the port; and they were also quite good by themselves. Cocoa Diva's founder, La Wanda Smith, and associate, pictured above, at their booth at last weekend's Waterfront Art, Wine and Chocolate festival in Suisan Bay.

ChocolateBet: October 5, 2010

Chocolate of the Day:

1/3 bar
NewTree America Inc.
Granola 31% Cocoa - Milk Chocolate with Lime and Green Tea
Weight: .94 oz. (26.6 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) total bar
Calories: 107 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $4.99 for total bar
Purchased from: BevMo!, in Mountain View, CA

NewTree's Milk Chocolate (31% Cocoa) Granola bar, with very subtle lime and green tea flavors, was today's selection for (Day #8 of) Chocolate and Lime (+ Ginger) Theme Week. NewTree also offers a Ginger chocolate bar, which I had eaten previously. I would have been happy to pair the ginger bar with this lime bar; but I bowed to the tyranny of the new here. So, the "+ Ginger" component was provided by a small mug of homemade, hot ginger tea.

Lab note: I also experimented with a lime ice cream float/soda, with the help of staff at Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream. It made a lot of fizz, and showed some promise. I'll have to work on refining this formula in the next few days, in time for Chocolate and Air Theme Week.
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