Saturday, March 10, 2012

Russell Stover - Mint Patty - March 10, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Russell Stover
Mint Patty
Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.3 g.)/20.7 oz. bag of individually wrapped chocolates
Calories: 63 calories
Cost: $9.99 total bag/package
Purchased from: Walgreen's in Palo Alto, CA

Today's chocolate was an individually-wrapped Mint Patty from Russell Stover (Kansas City, MO). A lustrous dark chocolate coating (made with real chocolate the label assured me) covered a sweet, pearl white translucent center that was flavored with peppermint oil.

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Mint Theme Week.

Trader Vic's Grasshopper drink; Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark dark bar - March 9, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

1.) Trader Vic's
Grasshopper (drink)
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 3.5 fl. oz. (estimate)
Calories: n/A
Cost: $7.00
Purchased from: Trader Vics; in Palo Alto, CA

2.) Ghirardelli Chocolate Co.
Peppermint Bark with Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: 1/8 bar; 3 oz. (85 g.) total bar
Calories: 55 calories in 1 square
Cost: $not available
Purchased from: Walgreens, in Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Mint Theme Week.

The Trader Vic's Grasshopper was a mixed drink -- made with creme de cacao and creme de menthe -- and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint. Trader Vic's is based in San Francisco, and helped popularize the Singapore Sling and other tiki bar style drinks in the U.S. It was a fun place to enjoy a cocktail. This Grasshopper was a sweeter, after dinner drink, but still quite enjoyable.

I also sampled a bit of a Peppermint Bark bar with a layer of white chocolate (embedded with peppermint candy pieces), fused to a layer of dark chocolate on the back, from Ghirardelli Chocolate -- another company with a great history in San Francisco. Ghirardelli also made individual peppermint bark squares, which I'd tried a few years ago.

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