Thursday, September 4, 2014

Meiji - Coffee Beat and Choco Baby candies - Sept. 4, 2014

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Coffee Beat and Choco Baby candies
Good - Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) (estimate) in 1 package of 5 boxes
Calories: 304 calories (estimate) in 1 package of 5 boxes
Cost: $ unknown
Purchased from: unknown

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

I found this colorfully upbeat five-pack of candies from Meiji in my chocolate vault. Unfortunately, most of the origin information was lost to the sands of time. The Asian characters on the plastic wrapper offered me no clues.

The fun was in discovering what the five tiny boxes revealed. Each box in this miniature candy library contained a small trove of colored candies when opened.

Small cartoon characters adorned each box. The Coffee Beat chocolate candies -- that looked very much like coffee beans, with a slightly crunchy thin outer shell -- were made of sweet chocolate with a very faint hint of coffee flavor. A blue cartoon mouse with a hat on the packaging smiled as it appeared to do a caffeinated jig.

The Choco Baby chocolate pieces were chocolatey, and the shortened cylindrical shapes that reminded me of jujube candies.

Another box was filled with small, candy coated chocolate discs (think M and Ms or Smarties). The floral-colored candy coated shells were very pretty.

Yet another box was filled with tiny, pale strawberry pink cones topped with a chocolate layer on top. A pink rabbit character with dark brown chocolate ears gazed out at us from the box and offered to be our guide in this tasting experience.

All these chocolates were remarkably fresh and colorful, considering they were a few years old.

Taza Chocolate - Coffee Chocolate Mexicano - Sept. 3, 2014

Chocolate of the Day: 

Taza Chocolate
Coffee Chocolate Mexicano - Dark
Good +
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 2.7 oz. (77 g.) in package with 2 discs
Calories: 75 calories (estimate)
Cost: $4.95 in 1 package
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

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

If you feel like you need a morning pick-me up, try one or two of these robust, stone-ground, dark chocolate discs from Taza Chocolate (Somerville, MA).

Carefully swaddled in paper (shown front and back at right), made with Certified Direct Trade beans, and infused with the subtle, almost fruity flavor of Counter Culture Coffee, the two Mexican Dark Coffee discs in one package consisted of several wedges, making it easier to break-off the desired amount to make your drinking chocolate.

Of course, instead of mixing up some drinking chocolate, you can always eat this chocolate straight up; this is what I did today.

Apologies to Taza Chocolate, this Coffee package was affected by hot sun. The round package normally looks much more crisply circular than this one.

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