Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pascha Chocolate - 70% Cacao Peru bar - Oct. 4, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Pascha Chocolate Company
70% cacao bar
Good +
Weight: 1.16 oz. (33.3 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in 1/3 bar
Calories: 208 calories (per label - seems high) in 1/3 bar
Cost: $4.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods Market, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's organic 70% cacao bar from Pascha Chocolate Company (Toronto) had uniform sweet floral, green, and marshmallow flavor notes.

This bar was made "bean-to-bar, near the source" with fine aroma cocoa beans from Peru. Ingredients: organic cocoa mass, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter and organic vanilla.

Dedication to chocolate for all
The team behind Pascha is passionate about "pure" ingredients (without additives or allergens) and taste. And those who have special dietary needs or preferences can be grateful for their vigilance in this area.

Pascha bars are made in a dedicated allergen free facility, in part due to founder, Simon Lester's, own experience of having family members with food allergies/sensitivities. The company is dedicated to "full ingredient traceability."

This bar was fair trade certified, vegan, "free from peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, eggs, wheat and gluten," and contained no genetically modified ingredients.

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Maglio - Tingo Maria Peru 65% bar - Oct. 3, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Tingo Maria Peru - Cacao 65% bar
Good ++
Weight: 1.76 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 264 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $6.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: CocoaBella Chocolates, Westfield Centre, San Francisco, CA

Today was Day #2 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

This 65% cacao Tingo Maria Peru bar was from Maglio (Italy).

Tingo Maria is the capital of Leoncio Prado province in central Peru. It's close to the mountains and is a gateway city to the Amazon rainforest. Coffee and cacao are grown here in the fertile Huallaga (River) valley area.

This bar had an even chocolately aroma and flavor, with balanced fruit (berries, melon) acidity and sweetness.

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