Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ChocolateBet: August 1, 2012

Chocolate of the Day:

Endangered Species Chocolate
Natural Milk Chocolate bar
Good +
Weight: .6 oz. (17 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 88 calories (estimate) in 1/5 bar
Cost: $2.19 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods, in Los Altos, CA

Happy first day of August to all, and welcome to Day #5 of Milk Chocolate Theme Week on Chocolate Banquet.

I haven't lost any milk chocolate bars to the warm, summer weather this week, but I've avoided transporting any chocolate outdoors, or in the car; and I've kept this stack of bars away from the skylight-death-rays in the dining room, and the usual hazardous (to chocolate at least) sunny spots inside my house. I had my "three squares" (chocolate, not meals - although I try to have both during the course of a day) this morning, while it was still cool.

Today's reasonably priced, Milk Chocolate (48% cocoa) bar from Endangered Species Chocolate (Indianapolis, IN), was smooth and sweet, with a short list of ingredients in the order I generally prefer: 1.) Cocoa liquor, then 2.) milk and then 3.) unbleached sugar. My only quibble was the addition of some lactose, as many people find this milk sugar hard to tolerate.

The company has combined good chocolate with good works. Endangered Species has donated ten percent of net profits to help support species conservation, habitat and humanity/communities -- noble goals indeed; and they buy cacao from small, family-owned properties with an emphasis on paying a fair wage to farmers.

Each Endangered Species bar featured an animal -- in this case a sea otter, and contained information about the animal and threats it has faced (inside label). Project Ecuador, a product of the company's foundation, is focused on giving cacao farmers access to the Sacha Tree, a hearty cacao tree with year-round yields. 
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