Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Popcorn, Indiana - Dark Fudge Peppermint Drizzlecorn - April 4, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Popcorn, Indiana LLC
Dark Fudge Peppermint Drizzlecorn
Weight: 3 oz. (84.9 g.) / 5 oz. (141 g.) in total bag
Calories: 390 calories in 3 servings (3/5 bag)
Cost: $missing information for 1 bag
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Indiana Theme Week.

Today's Limited Edition Dark Fudge Peppermint Drizzlecorn from Popcorn, Indiana LLC* (Westport, CT) hit the spot.

This sweet, salty and minty Drizzlecorn was full of flavor without a homogenous sugary glaze, making it possible to taste layers of flavor and the natural popcorn underneath.

The chocolate fudge was drizzled lightly across the popped corn, giving it just the right amount of rich chocolate flavor and contrasting smooth texture. This Drizzlecorn was also made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and it was certified gluten free and kosher.

I recommend this with only one reservation. Like many snack foods, if you eat this when you're hungry, it's easy to eat way too much. Not a bad problem to have, but consider yourself forewarned. (Although you may have to wait until the holidays to find this Limited Edition flavor in stores again.)

*Popcorn, IN is not just a marketing name. It's a small community that really does exist, about 60 miles outside Indianapolis, IN. 

Endangered Species Chocolate - Dark Sea Salt & Caramel bar - April 3, 2017

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel bar
Good ++
Weight: 1.5 oz. (42.5 g.) / 3 oz. (85 g.) in total bar
Calories: 229.9 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $2.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Sprouts Farmers Market, Mountain View, CA

Chocolate Bites - Dark Chocolate Caramel and Sea Salt
Good + - Good++
Weight: .94 oz. (26.6 g.) for 2 pieces/ 4.7 oz. (133 g.) total package
Calories: 150 calories for 2 pieces
Cost: $3.99 for 1 package of about 10 pieces

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Indiana Theme Week.

We're focusing on another chocolate item from Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC (Indianapolis, IN) and a success story for an endangered species.

Today's Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Sea Salt bar and individually-wrapped Chocolate Bites, from Endangered Species Chocolate, featured a bald eagle on their respective packages.

The company has dedicated 10% of their net proceeds to causes that "help support species, habitat and humanity." And, fortunately, due in part to awareness and programs like these, bald eagle populations in North America have recovered and this impressive bird of prey was removed from the Endangered Species list in 2007.

Both bar and bites were composed of the same ingredients, and contained fair trade cocoa and vanilla. (Both products were also certified gluten free and Non-GMO Project Verified.)

Pockets of caramel were built into the centers of both squares of the bar and the individual bites (squares). The 60% Cocoa dark chocolate had pleasant chocolate brownie notes in both; however, the chocolate in the bar seemed a bit more substantial and fudgey (perhaps just thicker) than the square-shaped bites.

These chocolates were certified gluten free, fair trade and Non GMO Project Verified. Mindful of suppliers as well, the company chose to use HimalaSalt pink salt in today's chocolate, a salt with a bit more healthy mineral content than more processed salt.

*The picture of the female bald eagle at the top of this entry is named Sequoia, and she lives at the City of Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. Happy Birthday month Sequoia! This education bird will celebrate her 28th birthday on Earth Day (April 22, 2017).

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