Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Inca Crunch Quinoa bar - April 23, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Casa de Chocolates
Inca Crunch (Roasted Quinoa) bar
Good +
Weight: 1.445 oz. (40.85 g.) / 2.89 oz. (81.7 g.) total bar
Calories: 215 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Casa de Chocolates table, at the Chocolate Salon in San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Latin American Theme Week.

I'm here in Belize, close to the birthplace of chocolate. So why did I bring chocolates from the San Francisco Bay Area down here with me? Three reasons.

First, this dark chocolate (61% cacao) Inca Crunch bar with roasted quinoa is from Casa de Chocolates (Berkeley, CA), a shop that specializes in Latin American themed chocolates. Second, even though carrying chocolates down here was a bit like carrying coals to Newcastle, I didn't want to risk going a single day without a new chocolate on hand.

Last, but not least, sometimes I just can't help buying extra chocolate items that catch my fancy. And such was the case when I visited Casa de Chocolates, where I found a dazzling array of Latin flavored bars and truffles right before this trip.

The Inca Crunch bar was vegan and gluten-free, and the quinoa provided a pleasant, grain-like, crunchy texture that balanced the richer, smooth dark chocolate base.

Note: posts and photos will be delayed this week due to travel. However, the chocolate eating will continue.

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