Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fran's - Dark Chocolate Imperiales - Feb. 2, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Fran's Chocolates, Ltd.
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Imperiales
Very Good
Weight: .66 oz. (18.8 g.) / 2 oz. (56 g.) in total box of 6
Calories: 90 calories in 2 pieces
Cost: $7.99 (estimate) for 1 box of 6 pieces
Purchased from: Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of DEFGHIJK Theme Week, another opportunity to work our way through the alphabet with chocolate items.

Today features the letter "i" as in imperial—a word that conjures up images of royalty and fine food fit for an emperor. (The word has French and Roman roots.)

Add an "e" at the end, and you have today's attractively packaged, 6-piece box of Dark Chocolate Peppermint Imperiales from Fran's Chocolates, Ltd. (Seattle, WA). These dark chocolates were filled with soft, silken dark chocolate centers, infused with artfully balanced peppermint flavor, and sprinkled with bits of peppermint candy.

Perfect for entertaining royal guests, or for you as a special treat. Alas these may be a seasonal (holiday) item. I hope they'll be back next year. I believe Fran's may also produce a cocoa nib version.

Delighted by Hummus - Brownie Batter Hummus - Feb. 1, 2017

Chocolate of the Day:

Delighted By (Dessert Hummus)
Brownie Batter Hummus
Weight: 2 Tablespoons
Calories: 80 calories (estimate) in 2 TB serving
Cost: $1.99 for 1 container
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and DEFGHIJK Theme Week, and H is for hummus. What?

I've featured black bean brownies before. So I shouldn't have been surprised to have found* Brownie Batter Hummus, from Delighted By Dessert Hummus in stores.

Created by Makenzie Marzluff, this garbanzo based spread also comes in least four (gluten free, vegan, Non-GMO) flavors. Current flavors listed on their website: Snickerdoodle, Orange Dreamsicle, Vanilla Bean, and today's Brownie Batter Hummus.

Sweetened with a bit of turbinado sugar and made creamier with coconut milk, this dessert hummus looks a bit like traditional, savory hummus, but it's all dessert. Anything you might dip into chocolate fondue would probably work as a pairing with this spread. I spread mine on a rice cake and ate it with fruit.

And fear not, there is no garlic and onion, so it's not like your mole sauce fell into your brownie batter.

*Thank you to Ramona Beville who first alerted me to the fact that chocolate hummus existed last year. 
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