Friday, October 21, 2011

ChocolateBet: October 21, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1 bar
Nature's Path Foods
Crispy Rice Peanut Choco Drizzle (bars)
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 6 oz. (168 g.) total package
Calories: 120 calories
Cost: $3.99 (sale) total package of 6
Purchased from: Safeway, in Menlo Park, CA

Today's individually-wrapped, gluten-free Crispy Rice Peanut Choco Drizzle ("EnviroKidz Organic") cereal bars hailed from Nature's Path Foods, based in Blaine, WA.

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Peanut Theme Week.

I would have bought this box of bars -- that contained organic chocolate icing and organic peanut butter -- for chocolate and peanut theme week anyway, but the picture of the lemur on the front of the box sealed the deal. Why? Because I'm finding ways to force fit monkeys (I'll include lemurs too) and bananas into this theme week as well.

Random monkey/banana fold-in factoids: 
- Monkeys have been known to enjoy the fruit from cacao trees.
- Cacao fruits are harvested, split open and scooped out. The fruit pulp and seeds are put into vats, baskets and/or other containers to ferment; and banana leaves often cover this mass during this fermentation process -- the first steps in making chocolate.
- Lemurs do eat bananas and other fruits where they live in Madagascar; ironically they are suffering from habitat loss because of slash-and-burn agriculture to clear the way for vanilla and cacao plantations.

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