Saturday, August 23, 2014

cacao7 - Skinny Dark Chocolate - August 23, 2014

Chocolate of the Day:

Skinny Dark Chocolate - cocoa pods
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) (estimate) for 1 package
Calories: 120 calories (estimate) in 1 package (3 pieces)
Cost: $3.25 total package of 3 pieces
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

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

These cacao pod shaped Skinny Dark Chocolates were from cacao7 (Singapore).

The chocolate maker(s) at cacao7 use a unique sweetener -- "Whey Low" Type D (a sugar, made from whey, but apparently without lactose). Known as "skinny sugar" Whey Low apparently has greater sweetening power (i.e. not as much is needed and it is, therefore, less caloric than sugar; and it has a lower glycemic index (GI) rating).

The attractive, solid pod-shaped chocolates had a slight caramelized milk flavor (likely due to the sweetener(s) used). Despite a rich, complex, slightly bitter, dark flavor arc from Ecuadorian Arriba cacao, the texture had a very slight graininess to it. (In fairness, I had stored this chocolate in my chocolate vault for two months before eating this today.)

This product was developed for special diets, and the following attributes were listed on the company's website: "Low sweetener GI of 12, Low carb, Diabetic-friendly, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Preservative-Free and Non-GMO."

The company's product description also suggested pairing these 70% cacao dark chocolates with coffee, tea, wine or whisky.

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