Thursday, December 3, 2015

jcoco - Peanut Strawberry Baobab dark bar - Dec. 3, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

(Seattle Chocolates)
Peanut Strawberry Baobab bar
Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) package of 3 smaller bars
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $7.95 for 1 package of 3 smaller bars
Purchased from: Seattle Chocolates website, online order

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and ABC Theme Week. (Today "B" is for Baobab.)

Today's brightly colored package of three smaller, individually wrapped, Peanut Strawberry Baobab in dark chocolate bars was from jcoco—a brand belonging to Seattle Chocolates (Seattle, WA).

Baobab powder gave this dark chocolate bar a slightly fruity, tropical flavor that intermingled with strawberry and other fruit flavors.

"Strawberry baobabs" in this bar were a blend of strawberry, plum, apple, apple juice, baobab powder, black carrot juice, citrus pectin, strawberry puree, rice flour, and coconut oil.

Peanut bits gave the vegan and gluten-free bar a soft, crunchy texture. And a darker, slightly earthy dark chocolate helped balance the sweeter fruit and nut flavors, and vice versa.

Jo's Candies - Applewood Smoked Caramel - Dec. 2, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Jo's Candies
Applewood Smoked Caramel
Weight: .6 oz. (17 g.) /1.2 oz. (34 g.) in package of 2 pieces
Calories: 75 calories in 1 piece
Cost: $1.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate and ABC Theme Week. "A" is for apple; and today was the last of the chocolate and apple items. (Tomorrow we graduate to "B" as in baobab fruit.)

Jo's Candies (Torrance, CA) "California-crafted" today's Applewood Smoked Caramel (package of two pieces).

It's hard to go wrong with chocolate-covered, smoked salt caramels. This blend of flavors seem to naturally hum together in perfect harmony. The Applewood smoked salt in today's chocolate helped balance the generous slab of sweet, chewy caramel filling.

Caramel Apple Mini Milkshakes
To inject a bit more apple into this caramel experience, I paired these Jo's caramels with a small caramel apple milkshake (made with fresh apple slices, caramel sea salt gelato, dulce de leche ice cream, a micro-splash of Calvados (apple brandy) and sprinkle of apple pie spices). It was either that, or call a local ice cream spot—Tin Pot Creamery (Palo Alto, CA)—to see if their baked apple sorbet was in stock. I didn't get around to the latter, but both would have been good apple-y sweet choices.

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