Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pepitas bar - April 25, 2013

Photo: Casa de Chocolates 
Chocolate of the Day: 

Casa de Chocolates
Pepitas bar
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) (estimate) for 1 bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) for 1 bar
Cost: $ part of a 3-bar package purchase (3 mini bars for $8)
Purchased from: Casa de Chocolates, Berkeley, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Latin America Theme Week.

Pumpkin seeds (or pepitas) are used in sauces, and in many different Latin dishes. Before hopping a plane to Belize this week, I visited Casa de Chocolates (Berkeley, CA). Their shop carried chocolates with many interesting Mexican and Latin flavors (mango with chili, mole, cajeta, etc.) -- including bars with pepitas.

Today's smaller sized "mini" Pepitas bar from Casa de Chocolates was just right for a single serving. The smooth dark (61% cacao) chocolate bar base had a pleasant, smooth, buttery melt and was topped with an attractive smattering of agave caramelized pepitas -- green, crunchy pumpkin seeds with just a hint of salt. (This bar was vegan and gluten free.)

(Thank you to the Belcampo Lodge chocolate tasters in Belize this week, for tasting help and input. Chocolate is always better when it's shared.)

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

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