Thursday, April 11, 2013

Coco Polo Hazelnut bar - April 11, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Coco Polo
Milk Chocolate Hazelnut bar
Good +
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in 1/2 bar / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Hazelnut Theme Week.

Have you been looking for chocolate sweetened with something other than sugar or corn syrup? If so, then I recommend trying a stevia-sweetened chocolate bar from Coco Polo (Highland Park/New Brunswick, NJ).

Available in a half dozen flavors, today I tried Coco Polo's Hazelnut Milk Chocolate (39% cocoa) bar. Gluten and GMO free, this creamy chocolate rectangle was studded with crunchy, dry roasted hazelnut pieces.

However, most notable was not what was present, but rather what was absent --  an aftertaste often found in other "sugar free" chocolates made with artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes, or sugar alcohols.

Good job on the formulation Coco Polo. I didn't miss the sugar buzz one bit. And, thanks to Elana at SweetE Organic (Mill Valley, CA, pictured at right) for carrying these bars.

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