Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ghirardelli - Dark Raspberry Squares; Peet's Milk Chocolate Cherries - Mar. 7, 2016

Chocolate(s) of the Day:

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company*
Squares - Dark and Raspberry
Weight: .53 oz. (15 g.) / 5.32 oz. (151 g.) in total package of 10
Calories: 70 calories in 1 square
Cost: $3.49 for 1 package of 10 squares
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Peet's Coffee and Tea
Milk Chocolate Cherries
Weight: .85 oz. (24 g.) / 6.5 oz. (184 g.) in total bag/package
Calories: 114 calories in 3 pieces
Cost: $6.95 (plus tax) for 1 package
Purchased from: Peet's Coffee and Tea, San Bruno, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate, Cherry and Raspberry Week.

National Fruit Compote Day in the U.S. was last week (March 1). Today, I'm belatedly making my own red fruit mix with offerings from two San Francisco Bay Area companies: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company (San Leandro, CA) and Peet's Coffee and Tea (Berkeley, CA).

Ghirardelli Chocolate (founded in 1852 in San Francisco by Domenico Ghirardelli)*, produces a line of small, individually-wrapped, chocolate squares available in a variety of flavors. Each square is a nice size if you just want a few bites of chocolate.

Today's slim dark chocolate square was filled with a raspberry-flavored, soft pink center. Warning: open/handle these squares gently to avoid squish-age, that you may have to lick off your fingers.

The first Peet's Coffee and Tea (and Spices) location was opened in Berkeley in 1966 by Alfred Peet. The company offers some sweets in their stores, such as today's Milk Chocolate Cherries (often made for Peet's by other companies). Today's chocolates contained cherry flavored centers—surrounded by milk chocolate and a sweet pastel confectioners coating.

*Ghirardelli is now owned by parent company, Lindt and Sprungli (Switzerland).

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