Saturday, October 10, 2015

CeMoi - Nature Dark 64% Quinoa bar - Oct. 10, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

CeMoi Chocolatier Francais
Nature Dark (Noir) 64% Quinoa bar
 Good - Good +
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 110 calories in 1/5 bar
Cost: $1.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Bienvenue a Day #2 of Chocolate, Grains and Grasses Theme Week. This week I've chosen to explore and feature chocolates with gluten-free grain or grass-like inclusions, starting with two quinoa* bars.

Today's Nature Dark (Noir) 64% cacao Quinoa bar from CeMoi Chocolatier Francais (Perpignan, France) follows yesterday's 75% Quinoa Coconut bar from Theo Chocolate. Both contained organic ingredients, dark chocolate and quinoa. Both bars had their strong points.

Today's CeMoi bar was a bit sweeter and earthier than yesterday's bar. There also seemed to be more quinoa in today's bar -- in the form of embedded "quinoa crispy cereals coated with caramel" (that also contained rice and oats); and the higher percent of quinoa likely contributed to a slightly lower percentage of cacao (64% vs. 75%).

Yesterday's bar had a slight coconut aroma, whereas today's bar allowed more of the quinoa cereal and chocolate to shine through. The CeMoi dark chocolate bar base was made of unsweetened chocolate.

*Quinoa is technically neither grain nor grass. It is sometimes dubbed a pseudo-cereal. It is often cooked and eaten like a cereal grain, but it is more closely related to beets, swiss chard and spinach.

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