Saturday, September 29, 2012

ChocolateBet: September 29, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

JagRma LLC
NuttZo Omega 3 Seven Nut and Seed butter
Weight: 2 Tablespoons (32 g.) / 16 oz. (454 g.) total jar
Calories: 180 calories
Cost: $10.29 total container
Purchased from: Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate, Figs and Coffee Theme Week(s). The question I asked myself this morning was: "Is it possible to combine all these items together in a yummy sandwich?" Answer: Yes.

To build this sandwich, I toasted two slices of gluten-free bread. One piece of toast was spread was NuttZo Seven Nut and Seed Butter spread, made with dark chocolate, peanuts, almonds brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. I lightly sprinkled this spread with cinnamon and ground coffee. The second piece of toast was mounded up with two varieties of sliced fresh figs.

Last, but not least, I put these two halves of my NuttZo sandwich together and enjoyed the heck out of it.

Later, I made a second NuttZo sandwich with sliced fresh strawberries, figs and fig jam. This one did not have coffee or cinnamon, but was also very tasty.

Thank you to Danielle,  JagRMa founder, for Nuttzo butters (also available in non-chocolate, peanut free version) and for inspiring creative possibilities. Even your jar is upside down, so the nut bits are on top when you unscrew the lid and the oil is on the bottom. Brilliant.

ChocolateBet: September 28, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dick Taylor Chocolate
Black Fig bar
Good+ - Very Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) total bar
Calories: 149 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate, Figs and Coffee Theme Week.

Black Mission figs have become a new favorite ingredient of mine after this week. These figs were consistently delicious no matter how they were prepared -- roasted with honey, dried, marinated, made into a spread, or eaten fresh.

Even if you're not ultra-excited about figs, if you like dark chocolate you might enjoy Dick Taylor's Craft Chocolate Black Fig (70%) bar made with cacao from Ecuador. This dark, rich bar paired well with a large cup of coffee with steamed milk (and, later, with a tiny glass of sherry), and I'm sure would pair well with other sweet or savory dishes as well.

This fig bar also was a great snack on a walk by the San Francisco Bay. Thank you to Julie for chocolate tasting help.

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