Thursday, January 13, 2011

ChocolateBet: January 13, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1/2 bar
Shaman Chocolates
Organic Dark Chocolate with Green Tea and Ginger
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) total bar
Calories: 170 calories (per label)
Cost: $2.99 total bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

Today was the last day of Chocolate and Chai Theme Week. I paired a Shaman Chocolates Green Tea and Ginger (60% cacao) bar with two different kinds of homemade, hot Chai tea.

This Organic, Fair Trade Certified Green Tea and Ginger dark bar is one of a line of different bars made exclusively for Shaman Chocolates (based in Soquel, CA). Profits from these chocolate bars support the Huichol Indians in Mexico. These descendants of the Aztec people live in the mountains of Jalisco and Nayarit, in Western Central Mexico.

According to the Shaman Chocolates site, "chocolate is sacred to the Huichols who have used it for thousands of years in their ceremonies...Shaman Chocolates gives all of its profits to support three Huichol villages. Every bar you buy helps sustain the Huichols and keeps their ancient shamanic traditions alive."

ChocolateBet: January 12, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1 bar
Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (56.7 g.)
Calories: 296 calories
Cost: $2.79
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

The Organic, Gluten Free Dagoba  Chai bar -- with milk chocolate (37% cacao content), crystallized ginger and spices (essential oils) -- was a great fit for Day #6 of Chocolate and Chai Theme Week.

I'd intended to eat only half this bar, but the remaining chocolate in the wrapper called out to me this afternoon. And you know the rest of the story. All gone.
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