Friday, July 12, 2013

Almond Ginger bar - July 12, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Almond Ginger - Dark Chocolate 70% bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .75 oz. (21.2 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 116 calories (estimate) in 3/4 oz. (21.2 g.) piece
Cost: $9.99 (estimate) for 7-bar tasting pack
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Palo Alto, CA

Several months back I spotted a Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA) tasting pack of seven different bars -- all made with a 70% cacao dark chocolate base, with added flavors.

Today's Almond Ginger bar, from Trader Joe's "Takes Flight" dark chocolate tasting collection, sparkled with bits of crystallized ginger. Tiny flecks of almond added some crunchy texture; and a bit of salt helped round out and balance the sweetness.

Today was the last day of Chocolate and Ginger Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Almond Week.

Lemon Ginger Immunity bar - July 11, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Good Superfood LLC
Lemon Ginger Immunity (bar)
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) piece / 1.5 oz. (43 g.) total bar
Calories: 146 calories in 1 oz. (28.3 g.) serving
Cost: $5.39 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

I'm partial to chocolate bars made with fewer than five ingredients. However, I am interested in trying chocolates with a health/nutrition focus -- where cacao quality is high (and extra ingredients don't include preservatives, fillers, artificial flavors). I'm not sure I benefit directly from extra plant foods in my chocolate, but extra anti-oxidants probably don't hurt.

Today's Lemon Ginger Immunity 72% dark cacao bar from Good Superfood LLC (Boise, ID) fits in this health and nutrition category. Raw, single origin Ecuadorian cacao was mixed with 16 "superfood" substances, including Peruvian lucuma and maca, and Brazilian Cupuacu, African Baobab, Madagascar Vanilla, and "170 million-year old Jurassic Sea Salt." I couldn't taste any of these exotic items. However, bits of crystallized ginger imparted a pleasant flavor, as did the lemon zest.

Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Ginger Theme Week.

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