Monday, February 29, 2016

California SunGold - Double Dark Chocolate Toffee Almonds - Feb. 29, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

California SunGold Pistachios
Double Dark Chocolate Toffee Almonds
Good - Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) / 7 oz. (198 g.) in total package
Calories: 300 calories (estimate) in 2 oz. (56.6 g.) serving
Cost: $4.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: CVS/pharmacy, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

Today's jumbo-sized Double Dark Chocolate Toffee Almonds were from California SunGold Pistachios (Oakhurst, CA). They were a great blend of dark, sweet, nutty, and crunchy.

The U.S. currently produces more almonds than any other country in the world. California producers alone shipped more than a billion pounds of almonds in 2013.

I grew up in Northern California, in the Valley of Hearts Delight—or, what my colleagues back east used to call California, the land of fruit and nuts—in a pre-Silicon Valley world. (I attended Almond Elementary School on Almond Avenue.)

The San Francisco Bay Area later sprouted into a more urban world (after paving over some very productive farmland), but inland counties still produce huge quantities of almonds, walnuts, pistachios and fruit.

This week I've been featuring chocolate items with nuts from places like Oakhurst, CA (Merced County) and Chico, CA (Butte County). I feel fortunate to have been able to feature at least one Chocolate and Almond Theme Weeks, with at least seven new items, every year for over nine years.

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