dark chocolate covered cacao seeds
Weight: .6 oz. (17 g.) in 3 pieces
Calories: 90 calories (estimate) in 3 pieces
Cost: $20.00 (estimate) for 1 bag
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA
Today was Day #6 of Chocolate and Nicaragua Theme Week.
Don't let these simple, bean-shaped individually-wrapped chocolates from Momotombo Chocolate (Managua, Nicaragua) fool you.
These were made "in country" in Nicaragua, from earthy, chocolatey Nicaraguan cacao. Each dark chocolate contains a crunchy, hand-peeled cacao bean (or seed) -- giving them a delicious, double cacao wallop.
Warning, these can be addictive. However, they are are so satisfying that two or three can easily propel you through the day.
What Columbus missed...
The story goes that Christopher Columbus, in his final voyage, landed off the east (Caribbean) coast of Nicaragua in 1502. He and his crew made several observations about the country, and noticed people using cacao beans. But these European explorers were too focused on searching for gold in the New World to pay much attention to cacao or to consider it precious. (Hernan Cortez, who arrived later, would change that by taking beans back to Spain.)
Had Columbus had the opportunity to taste Nicaraguan cacao in the form of today's Momotombo dark chocolate covered cacao seeds, perhaps he would have reconsidered.
Thank you to Sunita at The Chocolate Garage for distributing these in the U.S.