Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nii Foods - Almond Chocolate Chip bar - Feb. 25, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Nii Foods Inc.
Almond Chocolate Chip Bar
Weight: 1.8 oz. (50 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 240 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Sprouts, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

Shanais Pelka, the founder of Nii Foods Inc. (Carlsbad, CA) is a nutritionist, educator and mother. The company offers the Nii line of organic, gluten-free bars. Today's Almond Chocolate Chip bar was "Flav. No. 1."

The #1 ingredient in this certified organic, gluten free and kosher bar was raw almond butter. The #2 ingredient was organic dark chocolate. Good so far. Quality ingredients and appealing chew and texture.

Other ingredients in this health-oriented bar included organic dates, tapioca syrup, coconut nectar, sprouted quinoa, hemp seeds, and walnuts.

A Date Walks Into a Bar...
I have mixed feelings about dates. I love date milkshakes with a generous helping with freshly grated nutmeg and high-quality vanilla ice cream.

When it comes to dates in a bar...I'd much rather eat dates than, say corn syrup, in an energy or nutrition bar as a sweetener and a binding agent. Dates contribute a rich, fairly strong, dried fruit acidic sweet flavor, as well as fiber, minerals, and a soft, chewy texture that helps compressed bars hold their shape.

The date flavor helps balance the nut and chocolate flavors. But, I love "unbalanced," fairly strong nut and chocolate flavors; and they tend to be subdued by the all-powerful date.

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