Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Nana Joes Coconut Almond Nib bar - Oct. 28, 2015

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Nana Joes
Coconut, Almond, Cocoa Nib Swell Bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 360 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $5.00 (guesstimate)
Purchased from: de Young Museum, de Young Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Halloween Cocktail Theme Week, and Day #3 of Cocoa Nibs Theme Week.

I was surprised and delighted to find this vegan, oat-free and gluten-free bar to be lighter and crunchier than I thought. I associated the flavor and texture with fresh, homemade granola—the good kind. This makes perfect sense; granola is a Nana Joes (San Francisco) specialty.

Embedded almonds, pistachios, pecans and cocoa nibs gave the bar additional sparkles of crunchy, nutty taste.

Halloween Cocktail 
Now for a switch to an adult holiday beverage in the same flavor range caramel, coconut, nibs and nuttiness range...

Did you wonder what happened to the cocoa nibs that were used to flavor the dark rum yesterday? Well, a few tablespoons of these rum-soaked nibs made their way into a salted caramel milkshake today. The nibs added just enough robust, unsweetened cocoa flavor to balance nicely with the buttery sweet, creamy sea salt caramel ice cream.

I attempted to make some caramel sauce from scratch to float on this shake. (See photo at right for a view of the bubbling cauldron.)

The caramel sauce "failed" but morphed into delightful light and crunchy caramel flavored pieces when cooled, that will garnish other sweet items in the future.

Hope you all are enjoying a fun, creative Halloween and/or Day of the Dead week.

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