Sunday, May 26, 2013

Compartes bar with mango - May 26, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Compartes Chocolatier
Okavango Delta
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) in 1/3 bar / 3 oz. (85 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 148 calories (estimate) for 1/3 bar
Cost: $9.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Compartes Chocolatier, Los Angeles, CA (online order)

Compartes Chocolatier (Los Angeles, CA) offers a colorfully packaged line of bars and chocolates, many with exotic flavor combinations. Today's "World Series" (Vol. 1, Bar 12) Okavango Delta, contained bits of mango and grains of paradise in a dark base of 73% cacao.

I had to work to find hidden sweet bits of fruit and flavor in this very earthy, dark, gluten free bar, much like a trek through the jungle I imagined. In fact, the packaging (complete with zebra art) offered a similar description:

"Trekking through fields of mango and grains of paradise, the African Zebra's celebrate(d) triumphant journey end(s) at the Okavango Delta*."

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Mango Theme Week.

*The Okavango Delta is located in Botswana (a land-locked country in Southern Africa). The Delta is a large inland delta that supports many types of wildlife (including zebra) with water levels that fluctuate with seasonal flooding. Unlike other deltas that empty into a sea or ocean, the waters end at the Kalahari, with most water evaporating or being absorbed. The Delta has been called one of the seven wonders of Africa.

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