Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2nd St. Creamery - Truck Stop Fudge - Mar. 17, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

2nd Street Creamery
(Wells Enterprises, Inc., aka Wells' Dairy)
Truck Stop Fudge ice cream
Good - Good +
Weight: 1/2 cup (105 g.) / 1 Pint (473 mL) in total container
Calories: 250 calories in 1/2 cup ice cream
Cost: $1.49 (sale) for 1 container
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate Surprise Week.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all who celebrate in the U.S., and beyond.

The closest I came to the Emerald Isle (Ireland) was imagining the green pastures of a dairy farm, dotted with cows, in the midwest, near a place called the 2nd Street Creamery*.

Surprise. We're pulling over for some Truck Stop Fudge ice cream from 2nd Street Creamery. (I couldn't find the company's Limerick Cherry Chocolate ice cream -- that would've offered a fun Irish twist.)

The Truck Stop related name was unusual enough I hit the brakes when I saw it in the freezer section. Plus that cute drawing of the cow riding a bicycle-milk cart sucked me in.

Made of rich chocolate ice cream, marshmallow cream and fudge sauce, this 2nd Street Truck Stop Fudge flavor was worth stopping for.

*Wells Enterprises, Inc., aka Wells' Dairy, is likely the largest, privately held, family owned ice cream maker in the U.S. They're also the owners of the 2nd Street Creamery and Blue Bunny ice cream brands. I was surprised to learn that Wells produces more than 150 million gallons of ice cream annually.

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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