Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mrs. Crimble's - Chocolate Macaroons - January 24, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Mrs. Crimble's
Chocolate Macaroons
Weight: 1.3 oz. (36.8 g.) / 7.8 oz. (220 g.) in total package of 6
Calories: 130 calories in 1 macaroon
Cost: $3.69 total package of 6
Purchased from: Miki's Farm Fresh Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #1 of Chocolate and Gluten-Free Cookie Theme Week.

The first gluten-free cookies I remember eating were coconut and almond flour macaroons. It was just a matter of time before I found ones dipped in, or coated with, chocolate. I remember macaroons being sugary sweet, rich and chewy, so much so that one was quite satisfactory.

Today's macaroons were much like the ones I remember from childhood. Chocolate covered the backs and a few thin chocolate stripes ran across the tops of these Mrs. Crimble's Chocolate Macaroons (affiliated with Stiletto Foods, in Odiham, England). They were fresh, stuffed with sweetened coconut; the darker chocolate helped balance out the sweetness. In short, everything you'd want in a macaroon.

I ate half of one macaroon, and chopped up the other half to make a coconut and berry parfait in a shot glass*. Other recipes using Mrs. Crimble's products are available on their website.)

My own recipe consisted of layering chocolate macaroon crumbs with cultured coconut yogurt and some award-winning Wild Thimbleberry Jam from American Spoon (Petoskey, MI).

*My new rule for eating dessert in 2013 is -- one serving of dessert should contain at least one interesting, tasty ingredient, and should fit in a shot glass. You'll probably be seeing more shot glass desserts soon. 

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