Saturday, August 25, 2012

ChocolateBet: August 25, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Jer's Chocolates
Gourmet Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars - Cara Mella
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) in 1 bar / 3.0 oz. (85 g.) in total package of 2 bars
Calories: 210 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $5.99 total package of 2 bars
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

I could have had two Cara Mella dark chocolate peanut butter bars from Jer's Chocolates (Solana Beach, CA) if I wanted them today. Made with U.S. Valencia peanut butter, the bars filling contained a blend of a slightly crunchy/crispy layer (likely the crisp rice), and thick creamy elements. Each package came with two individually wrapped bars. However, after one bar I felt full.

This sense of being overstuffed could have come from a generous portion size, or from some of the ingredients in these bars. A note to those eating gluten free, while no wheat or gluten ingredients were listed on the wrapper, consumers were advised that these bars: "May Contain Trace Amount of Almonds, Pecans, Cashews and Wheat Flour."

The head confectioner, Jer (Jerry Swain), started his business with peanut butter and chocolate balls and, after winning awards, began making a line of bars that has included the Cara Mella; the Pretzo Change-O (with pretzel bits); Toffee Break; and the Original Incredibar flavors.
Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Theme Week.

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