Sunday, August 7, 2016

Chocolate, Fruits and Botanicals Month

Chocolate, Fruit and Botanicals Month
August 7, 2016

While not every food item benefits from being mixed with chocolate, most fruits, seeds and edible plants/flower can be blended successfully with chocolate in some way. I've been researching this subject for 10 years and have eaten chocolate with 100s of other plant-based (and non-plant based items).

Fragrant black peppercorns? Chili peppers? Dried fruits, flowers? Nuts? Herbs and spices? Yes, all of these, and many more.

Pure dark chocolate is a plant food after all, made from the ground seeds (aka beans) found at the center of a fruity-pulp lined pod. So perhaps its ability to complement and/or enhance other botanical items isn't a surprise.

As part of the countdown to my 10-year anniversary of eating a different chocolate every day (September 10-11, 2016), I'll be featuring chocolates that incorporate other plant items for the next month. 

Kit's Organic - Dark Chocolate Peanut bar - Aug. 7, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Clif Bar and Company
Kit's Organic
Fruit + Nut Bar - Dark Chocolate Peanut
Weight: 1.62 oz. (46 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ missing information in 1 bar
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Theme Week.

Today's Kit's* Organic Fruit + Nut Bar - Dark Chocolate Peanut bar was made in Canada and distributed by Clif Bar and Company (Emeryville, CA).

This bar was moist and dense and had a naturally-sweet (but not too sweet) chewy, fruity and nutty brownie texture and taste.

I also enjoyed trying a few Chimes Peanut Butter Ginger Chews today. These small, individually-wrapped candies (available in original ginger and other flavors) had only four ingredients: cane sugar, ginger, tapioca starch and peanut butter. Simple, flavorful and, along with the Kit's bar, a good trail/walking snack.

*Kit Crawford is the real person (and co-owner of Clif Bar and Company) behind the line of Kit's Organic Fruit + Nut bars.

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