Friday, August 25, 2017

Cocoa Parlor - Cowboy Up 70% Roasted Almonds, Salt bar - Aug. 25, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cocoa Parlor
Cowboy Up 70 Dark Chocolate bar
Good +
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 2.82 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 219 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Missing Information

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Wild West Theme Week.

Today's Organic and vegan Cowboy Up 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar was from Cocoa Parlor (Laguna Niguel, CA) and offered a good well-balanced, down to earth ride.

The Roasted Almonds and Salt bar had a pleasing dark chocolate aroma, a smooth and almost creamy texture; and subtle, pleasing nutty and earthy roasted flavor notes. The roasted almond bits provided a bit of crunchy texture now and then. The amount of salt was just right, and the chocolate* and the salt prevented the bar from being too sweet (thank you!).

I savored this bar on my (car) ride across the plains and hills and into Deadwood, South Dakota, one of a handful of towns west of the Missouri River that epitomized the Wild West.*

*Deadwood became a lively boomtown full of larger than life characters like Wild Bill Hickok (lawman, wild west showman who was shot in Deadwood while playing poker), Calamity Jane (horsewoman, stagecoach driver, wild west show participant and more), Charlie Utter (close friend of Wild Bill Hickok who wrote an epitath on Wild Bill's wood gravestone), Con Stapleton (Deadwood Marshal), Seth Bullock, Potato Creek Johnny, Poker Alice Tubbs; and George Hearst (father of a mining and publishing empire) after gold was discovered there in the 1870s. The entire community is listed on the National Historic Register.

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