Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NewTree - Kola bar - March 16, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Kola (Petillant) bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) total bar
Calories: 105 calories (estimate) in 1/4 bar
Cost: $6.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: NewTree Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week.

NewTree just expanded their operations in the Bay Area. An attractive new cafe in downtown San Francisco opened earlier this month (March 2015). The company is offering a menu that includes more food items -- in addition to a display wall of chocolate bars, that continues to be updated.

When I visited Benoit and crew on opening day, I noticed a new Kola bar on the shelves that I hadn't seen before.

This Kola (or Petillant) bar did a great job of capturing the essence of a cola soft drink in a dark chocolate bar. The bar was crafted with 72% fairtrade cacao from the Dominican Republic, and incorporated "lime shavings" cola flavor, and "carbonated sugar" (glucose, lactose and carbon dioxide). I'm assuming the latter is popping candy (aka pop rocks) -- providing the fizz in this homage to a popular carbonated beverage.

*The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree (native to Africa) that provides the flavoring used to make popular cola soft drinks.

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