Monday, August 31, 2015

Simply Enjoy - Toffee & Sea Salt Dark Chocolate bar - Aug. 31, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Simply Enjoy
Toffee and Sea Salt Belgian Dark Chocolate bar
Weight: 1.34 oz. (38 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 3 squares of bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Simply Enjoy Toffee and Sea Salt Belgian Dark Chocolate bar (distributed by Foodhold U.S.A., LLC in Landover, MD) was made with UTZ* Certified cocoa.

This dark chocolate (57% cocoa solids) bar was filled with crispy crunchy butter toffee bits and a hint of sea salt.

*UTZ Certified is a large program (and label) for sustainable growing of coffee and cocoa that provides education to farmers on how to grow "better crops" through farm practices and management, as well as education about the environment. It was founded by Belgian-Guatamalan Nick Bocklandt, in 2002 for coffee growing and was later expanded (2007) to include cocoa. UTZ Certified is a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam (Netherlands). 

While producers don't have to pay the higher costs associated with Fairtrade and other certifications (which can be too high for farmer co-ops and smaller companies), the organization does not have as their primary goal guaranteeing of higher prices for farmers.

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