Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sweet Paradise - Lava Sea Salt Caramels - December 11, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
Lava Sea Salt Caramels
OK+ - Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) (estimated) for box of 4
Calories: 150 calories (estimate)
Cost: $12.00 for box of 4
Purchased from: Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, Hawaii

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Hawaii Theme Week, and today's chocolate menu featured lava sea salt caramels from Sweet Paradise Chocolatier (Hawaii).

These chewy caramels were coated with chocolate and adorned with a sprinkle of Hawaiian black lava sea salt.

Sweet Paradise - Chocolate Dipped Tropical Fruit - December 10, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
Chocolate dipped dried tropical fruit
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 8 oz. (226.4 g.) total bag/package
Calories: 135 calories (estimate) in 1 oz. serving
Cost: $18.00 for 1 bag
Purchased from: Sweet Paradise Chocolatier, Hawaii

This past week I featured several mango + chocolate combinations. Today was the first day of "Chocolate and Hawaii" Theme Week, which included sampling pieces of dried apple banana, Maui pineapple, and dried mango -- all partially covered in Belgian dark chocolate, from Sweet Paradise Chocolatier (Hawaii).

As the weather outside turned to winter this month, I imagined touring a cacao plantation near a warm beach in Hawaii -- the only state in the U.S. where cacao is grown. Virtual travel to the islands, made possible thanks to the wonderful magic of chocolate.

Eighteen dollars may sound like a lot for an 8 oz. bag dried tropical fruit, but there were enough flavorful pieces to share with several chocolate fans and friends on a hike in a redwood forest today, with half a bag to spare. And this purchase was much less expensive than an airline ticket.

May you all find time to enjoy a bit of sweet paradise wherever you might be.
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