Saturday, July 15, 2017

Good Day Chocolate - Chocolate with Turmeric - July 15, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Good Day Chocolate
Chocolate with Turmeric
Weight: .99 oz. (28 g.) in total package
Calories: 120 calories in 1 package
Cost: $2.99 (estimate) for 1 package of 8 pieces
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Spices Theme Week, which includes chocolates blended with turmeric, ginger, licorice and other plant-based spice flavors.

Today's Chocolate with Turmeric from Good Day Chocolate (Boulder, CO) was part of the company's "chocolate with benefits" line, that are also labeled as dietary supplements. In this case most of the benefits were provided by dark chocolate and turmeric.

What's the big deal about turmeric? This golden spice (included in most curry powder blends) is related to ginger. An active substance called curcumin found in turmeric has been found to have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties.

Today's chocolate packed a lot of goodness into one small, cleverly designed box. Made with fair trade chocolate, the package contained eight generously sized, naturally colored, roundish yellow pieces. Each piece had a turmeric-colored center surrounded by chocolate and covered with a candy shell.

Theo Chocolate - Coconut Turmeric Chocolate Clusters - July 14, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Theo Chocolate
Coconut Turmeric Chocolate Clusters
Good +
Weight: 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total package
Calories: 460 calories in 10 pieces (1 package)
Cost: $6.00 (estimate) for 1 package
Purchased from: REI, Mountain View, CA

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

Today's crunchy Coconut Turmeric Chocolate Clusters were from Theo Chocolate (Seattle, WA).

The package of haystack-shaped Coconut Turmeric pieces were part of a "snacking cluster" line of relatively new offerings from the company* advertising the benefits of cocoa flavonals.**

The crispy crunchy texture (similar to crisped rice, but with more heft) was provided by sorghum flakes and crisped quinoa, and provided a nice contrast with the chocolate.

These "snack smarter" pieces were, refreshingly, not too sweet but long on well-balanced flavor. While a bit pricey, they'd make a great snack for a hike, bike, ride or lunch.

While this Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher Dairy and Soy Free snack was not marked gluten-free, the ingredients list did not include any wheat-containing ingredients. (Manufactured on shared equipment with products containing soy, milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and other tree nuts.)

*Other Theo Chocolate snacking cluster flavors include Salted Almond and Lemon Hemp.
** Flavanols are phytonutrients found in cocoa beans and other plants. Each 5-piece serving (1/2 package) of this product "provides 50 mg of (cocoa) flavanols." 
***Turmeric has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. And one of the benefits of dark chocolate containing flavanols may be to support healthy blood flow and circulation.

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