Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ChocolateBet: March 16, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1 bar
Lulu's Chocolate
Chocolate Maca Chunk bar
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.)
Calories: 143 calories
Cost: $5.49
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

Raw chocolate is tasting better and better these days. According to the label, Lulu's Chocolate Maca Chunk bar is made from USDA Organic, handcrafted raw chocolate (62% cacao), low-glycemic coconut sugar, and 13% maca* (3,900 mg. per bar). I've never eaten maca by itself, so I don't know what it tastes like. However, I can't detect any unique flavors (other than chocolate) in this bar.

As an added plus, this bar is attractively packaged, and stamped with a Lulu's logo on one side (with what may be pieces of chocolate and maca on the reverse side). Exotic ingredients tend to come with a higher price tag. And, at $5.49 per 1-ounce (28 grams) bar, this offering fits into this category. For most high-end, artisan bars, you'll be paying $20 or more for a family of four if each person wants their own bar. Of course chocolate-lovers like me are happy to call a nice bar like this a meal, but nutritionists may rightly disagree.

*Maca is a root vegetable that is part of the radish family, found in the Andes mountains in Peru and Bolivia. It is thought to have energy-boosting properties.

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