Saturday, December 10, 2011

ChocolateBet: December 10, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:

1/3 cup
Rocky Road
Weight: 1/3 cup (44 g.) / 1.5 Quarts (1.41 Liters)
Calories: 80 calories (estim.)
Cost: $3.99 (sale)
Purchased from: CVS Pharmacy, in Mountain View, CA

To continue from yesterday's post, there were two companies who created Rocky Road ice cream about the same time during the Great Depression in the U.S. (1929 - post-Stock Market crash). Both companies (Fentons Creamery, and Dreyer's/Edy's*) were/are based in Oakland, CA -- across the Bay from San Francisco. Then, as now, chocolate and good food and drink help boost spirits during rocky financial times.

Dreyer's Rocky Road recipe includes chocolate ice cream, miniature marshmallows and toasted almonds. (Fenton's uses walnuts.) Dreyer's also offers soft lower fat/lower calorie versions of their ice cream -- such as today's Slow Churned Light Rocky Road ice cream -- with approximately "1/2 the fat, and 1/3 the calories as regular ice cream." I like chocolate and nut flavors, and thought the toasted almonds that I did taste worked very nicely.

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Rocky Road Theme Week.

*Note: Dreyer's is now owned by Nestle.

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