Friday, April 12, 2013

Dark Hazelnut bar - April 12, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Swiss Dark Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts bar
Good +
Weight: 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in 40%, or 2/5, of 1 bar / 7 oz. (200 g.) in total bar
Calories: 440 calories in 2/5 bar
Cost: $4.29 in 1 bar
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Menlo Park, CA

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

Today's thick, Swiss Dark Chocolate (50% cocoa) bar with hazelnuts from Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA) weighed in at a hefty 7 oz. (200 g.). A large mob of hazelnuts occupied a full 30 percent of the bar.

I like nuts with my chocolate. They add some protein and texture, and act as a counterweight to the sugar in dessert items. And, the generous serving of whole hazelnuts in this bar were crunchy and satisfying. The chocolate and nuts tasted fresh; although the bar was quite thick (and chock full of nuts), making it difficult to taste just the dark chocolate by itself.

Made in Switzerland, a country that knows a thing or two about fine chocolate, the bar was adorned with an Eidelweiss blossom -- one per square. This "noble (edel) white (weiss)" flower grows in the mountains of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. 

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