Thursday, August 23, 2012

ChocolateBet: August 23, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Wild Ophelia
Peanut butter and banana milk chocolate bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Draegers, in San Mateo, CA

I like monkeys; they make me smile. And I can't help but think of them when I eat combinations of peanut butter, chocolate and banana. I enjoyed the bites of this bar from Wild Ophelia (Chicago, IL) that had chewy, flavorful bits of Williams banana (from Uncle Mikey's Hawaiian Foods).

The 41% cacao milk chocolate bar base had a mild taste with a mouthfeel that felt slightly emulsified (perhaps due to the addition of some soy lecithin). The creamy, organic peanut butter contributed to the smooth texture, and added a pleasant nutty flavor.

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Theme Week.

ChocolateBet: August 22, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Hit the Trail - Peanut Butter Chip and Chocolate Trek Mix
Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 12 oz. (340 g.) total bag/package
Calories: 160 calories in 1/4 cup serving
Cost: $5.99 for total package
Purchased from: Raley's, in Incline Village, NV

Nothing like chocolate and great scenery. Given that I was in the Sierra mountains (that straddle California and Nevada) today, this Trek Mix was a great choice for a hike. Filled with generously sized toasted almonds and cashews, as well as milk chocolate stars, peanut butter chips and dried cherries, this "Hit the Trail" mix from Raley's hit the spot. I also shared a few nuts with a small group of blue jays who dropped by.

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Theme Week. 

Preview - The Chocolate Bar

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The Chocolate Bar
Truffle plate
Good +
Weight: not known (5 truffles + sauce)
Calories: blissfully unaware of this number
Cost: $7.00 for plate of 8 truffles
Purchased from: The Chocolate Bar, at Northstar/Truckee, CA

Chocolate in northern Nevada? Why yes. And not just milk chocolates modeled after gold and silver nuggets, log cabins, or tiny versions of Lake Tahoe.

An elegantly designed bar and restaurant, The Chocolate Bar we visited on this warm August afternoon was located at Northstar (near Truckee, CA), in the village area with several shops. The Bar was next to a ski area gondola lift and is likely bustling with activity and skiers during the winter ski season. (There was also a Chocolate Bar in Reno, NV, not far away from this location.)

The Chocolate Bar seemed more geared to adults, serving chocolate drinks, including a chocolate martini. Desserts included chocolate fondue and house-made chocolate truffles. After a lunch entree that also contained a hint of chocolate in a sauce, we finished up our meal with 8 truffles, on a white plate that had been drizzled with white chocolate and raspberry sauces. Nice presentation.

I'm planning to return later this year to include at least one of these chocolate items as my Chocolate of the Day.

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