Tuesday, June 5, 2012

ChocolateBet: June 5, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Safeway Select
Chocolate Toffee Mocha ice cream
Weight: 1/4 cup (52 g.) / 1 pint (473 mL) total container
Calories: 140 calories in 1/4 cup serving
Cost: $3.00 (sale) for 1 pint
Purchased from: Safeway, in Menlo Park, CA

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Toffee Theme Week. Many of this week's toffee items, including this mid-morning pick, have been rich, cold and creamy -- in other words, ice creams.

Today's Chocolate Toffee Mocha offering from Safeway combined the satisfying taste of coffee ice cream with "chocolatey-covered toffee bits and a brandy espresso swirl."

The pictures on the outside of this carton of Safeway Select Super Premium ice cream made me think of items like toffee and chocolate colored satin fabric and jewelry, and rose petals. A fun excuse for odd breakfast table decorations.

ChocolateBet: June 4, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Straus Family Creamery
1.) Dutch Chocolate ice cream - Good +
2.) Caramel Toffee Crunch ice cream - Good + - Very Good
Weight: 2/3 cup (120 g.) small bowl with both flavors
Calories: 312 calories total for small bowl (2/3 cup) of both flavors
Cost: $3.50 pint + $3.50 pint = $7.00 total cost
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, in Palo Alto, CA

Tonight I combined small scoops of Dutch Chocolate and Caramel Toffee ice creams from Straus Family Creamery (Petaluma, CA) in a little bowl for dessert. I didn't really need a cherry on top, but added one anyway.

What the heck is this picture of scenery doing in this chocolate post you ask? A walk out at Angel Island earlier today allowed me to justify this post-dinner indulgence. The view atop Mt. Livermore on this island in San Francisco Bay was so wonderful, we could almost imagine seeing the grassy hills of Petaluma, in the north bay, where Straus cows might have been grazing. (Picture of view included at right.)

Hats off to Straus Family Creamery for their line of gluten free ice creams and organic dairy products.

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Toffee Theme Week.

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