Friday, July 4, 2014

Endangered Species - Coconut Creme Filled bar - July 4, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

Endangered Species Chocolate
Natural Coconut Creme Filled Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: .75 oz. (21.25 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 125 calories in 1/4 bar
Cost: $3.59 in 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

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

This 72% cocoa dark chocolate bar from Endangered Species (Indianapolis, IN) was filled with a thin, white layer of dairy free, coconut creme (made with sustainable, organic Brazilian palm oil).

Endangered Species is committed to species conservation with 10% of net proceeds going to help these efforts. (This bar was also Rainforest Alliance Certified.)

Each of the company's different filled, and regular, chocolate bars are wrapped in packaging adorned with a photograph of an endangered or threatened animal or bird. Today's Coconut bar included a photo of a lemur.

The initial piece I broke off from this bar had a coconut aroma to it; however, the flavor note I picked up from a bite of this bar was, oddly, more nut butter and less coconut.

This coconut dark bar was certified gluten free, non-GMO and vegan.

Happy 4th of July from Ashland, Oregon
Far from the relatively peaceful rainforests of the world, was the sound of bands playing and fireworks. Today was also the 4th of July holiday in the U.S.

Perhaps the most "American" experience one can have on the 4th of July is to attend a parade in a small town, enjoy a barbeque with friends, watch fireworks, and eat locally made ice cream. We did all of these things today in, or near, the small town of Ashland, Oregon.

Near the large, historic Ashland Springs Hotel, where we were watching the parade go by, was Zoey's Cafe. The Cafe served BJ's ice cream, and one locally inspired flavor caught my eye. Their "Oregon Trail" ice cream was made with chocolate ice cream, a swirl of dark berry syrup and hazelnuts. Had to try it. It was sweet, flavorful, and refreshing on a hot day.

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