Sunday, January 19, 2014

Que Dua Coconut Candy - Jan. 20, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Que Dua
Coconut Candy with Cacao
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 9.89 oz. (280 g.) total package
Calories: 70 calories (estimate)
Cost: (Approximately) $1.80 USD
Purchased from: Outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Today was Day #20 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Weeks.

I watched this Que Dua Coconut Candy (Vietnam) with bits of cacao being hand-made in southern Vietnam, Mekong River delta area (where both cacao and coconuts are grown).

For this candy, fresh coconuts were split open, shredded and stirred by machine in large stainless bowls with natural palm and rice sweeteners until the mixture looked like ivory-colored coconut taffy. Bits of cacao were incorporated. The candy was rolled out and hand cut into pieces and wrapped in edible rice paper, and then outer paper and plastic wraps.

On the boat ride back, we drank fresh coconut water, and ate fresh coconut meat. And, later, at lunch, I bought a cacao pod (yellow and red fruit) and enjoyed some coconut and taro ice creams. I did see some interesting Vietnamese chocolates, but it was too hot outside; they wouldn't have survived travel this week without air conditioning. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

Note: Due to travel, photos will be delayed.

LUNA Chocolate Coconut Bar - Jan. 19, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Clif Bar and Company
LUNA Chocolate Dipped Coconut bar
OK + - Good
Weight: 1.69 oz. (48 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: N/A - gift
Purchased from: N/A - gift

Today was Day #19 of Chocolate and Coconut Theme Weeks.

This Chocolate Dipped Coconut "Nutrition Bar for Women" from Clif Bar (Emeryville, CA) was loaded with different ingredients and added protein, fiber and vitamins, and a good choice for breakfast on the go.

Both the chocolate coating and the coconut were supporting players in the overall flavor mix. And the texture of this barely sweet bar was slightly chewy, and slightly crunchy.

Chocolate was not the primary focus, but it was relatively filling, and kept me satisfied until lunchtime.

Note: Due to travel, photos will be delayed.
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