Monday, February 1, 2016

WB Kitchen - ONA Chocolate Bar - Feb. 1, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

WB Kitchen
ONA Chocolate Bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (56 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 180 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ N/A
Purchased from: WB Kitchen, Loveland, CO

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate, Honey and Almonds Theme Week.

WB Kitchen (Loveland, CO) is mindful about the ingredients in their bars and cookies.

Today's ONA Chocolate Bar was moist, chewy, honey-sweetened, and filled with nutty taste and texture (almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and coconut bits).

The chocolate flavor in this certified gluten free and paleo bar was provided by unsweetened cocoa powder and cocoa nibs.

Honey's thick texture can present both challenges and opportunities for those making chocolate items. WB Kitchen's bars are "held together with a honey caramel that we make in house," that's finished off with some house-made coconut milk*. (Nicely done.)

I asked WB Kitchen president and founder, Chris Feuille, about the honey they use in their organic offerings.

Chris mentioned that it was difficult to get 100% organic honey in the U.S. They use an organic honey from South America for their bars.** (They wanted organic, non-GMO certified and fair trade ingredients for their 100% organic bars.)

*The company makes their coconut milk in-house "because all commercially available ones contain guar gum or preservatives and we do not put those in our products ever."

**Note: WB Kitchen uses honey from a family-owned, supplier, Colorado Honey Co., in their cookies.

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Caven Creations - Hey Honey! bar - Jan. 31, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Caven Creations
Hey Honey! bar
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $4.39 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate, Honey and Almonds Theme Week.

The Hey Honey! 82% cacao dark chocolate bar was from Caven Creations (Santa Cruz, CA).

This dairy and gluten free bar was made with 4 ingredients: raw, organic, Fair Trade Ecuadorian Rio Arriba cacao, raw organic honey, raw organic Tahitian vanilla beans, and Himalayan pink crystal salt.

The raw cacao bar had a faint dark chocolate aroma, and a relatively even dark chocolate flavor, with a few bites having a bit of an earthy flavor note. The sweet level was low in this ultra-dark bar; some bites had a bit more of a natural honey lilt. And tiny salt crystals provided some occasional texture.

This bar's wrapper was adorned with a picture of a caveman (with raised club). Accordingly, I enjoyed this bar with a paleolithic era-inspired plate that included: seed crackers, cacao nibs, berries, and of course honey and almonds.

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