Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Chocolate Sorbet + Chai almonds - July 2, 2013

Chocolate of the Day:

Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Creams, Inc.
Chocolate Sorbet
Good +
Weight: 1/4 cup (50 g.) / 1 Pint (474 mL) total container
Calories: 60 calories in 1/4 cup
Cost: $ N/A
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

July is National Ice Cream month in the U.S. There's nothing like a bowl of rich and refreshing ice cream on a hot summer day. I searched for chai tea ice cream, a seasonal favorite that does show up from time to time (although usually in the fall or winter) in a few San Francisco shops. But, I had no luck finding it in stock in July. So, I made my own version of this creamy, spicy tea flavor.

I chose a lower fat, frozen, chai-flavored dessert -- Chocolate Sorbet from Double Rainbow Gourmet Ice Creams, Inc. (San Francisco, CA) and topped a small scoop with gluten-free, Chai Bliss Almonds from Olomomo Nut Co. (Longmont, CO); cardamom*; and a cherry.

At only 60 calories in a 1/4 cup serving, this sorbet had a rich chocolate taste without being too filling. The Olomomo Chai almonds and other ingredients helped spice things up and added some crunchy texture and fun microbursts of chai tea flavor, that paired nicely with the chocolate.

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Chai Theme Week.

*Note: green cardamom pods look lovely, and have a bright, citrus spice flavor often associated with chai (tea). However, ground cardamom (powder) may be more practical (and enjoyable) dessert topping for all except the cardamom-obsessed. 

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