Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ChocolateBet: May 25, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
1 oz. serving
Freeland Foods
100% Organic go raw Chocolate Super Cookies
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) serving/ 3 oz. (85 g.) total package
Calories: 149 calories
Cost: $5.99 total package
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Kahului (Maui), Hawaii

I bought today's Organic Chocolate Super Cookies (coconut, sesame seeds, dates, agave nectar and cacao), to celebrate Day #12 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week, while I was in Hawaii this past week. I laughed when I flipped over the package to read the label and found that these tiny, round, slightly chewy, raw cookies came from Freeland Foods -- a company based less than five miles from my house. Thus is the worldwide spread of chocolate.

These bite-sized, healthy morsels were also gluten free and nut free.

ChocolateBet: May 24, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
2/3 piece
Banyan Tree Deli and Bakery
Marshmallows with peanut butter, chocolate, coconut
Good + - Very Good
Weight: unknown
Calories: 350 calories (estimate)
Cost: $
Purchased from: Banyan Tree Deli and Bakery, in Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii

Thank you to Darren Hagobian at Banyan Tree Deli and Bakery for packing this chocolate creation "to go" yesterday; we enjoyed it as a mid-morning snack at the airport this morning. It sure beat the heck out of most airport snacks.

The Banyan Tree Deli and Bakery was located on the busy Front Street in Lahaina. The bakery items with chocolate were wonderfully creative and unique, including chocolate covered Spam and chocolate covered bacon.

Sadly, the chocolate covered Spam was sold out; however, this generously sized marshmallow and chocolate item was available. It was composed of three large marshmallows on a stick, rolled/slathered in peanut butter, chocolate and coconut.  The marshmallows were fresh and deliciously spongey-light and over-sweet. The peanut butter under-layer was a nice surprise and helped balance out the sugar sweet marshmallows.

The chocolate coating on this item (and the chocolate covered bacon that I tried yesterday) had great chocolate frosting taste and texture -- made with just the right blend of bittersweet and sweeter chocolates.

Today was Day #11 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Week.

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