Friday, September 29, 2017

Endangered Species - Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa - Sept. 29, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Endangered Species Chocolate, LLC
Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa
Weight: 2 TB (37 g.) / 9.7 oz. (275 g.) in total jar
Calories: 210 calories in 2 TB serving
Cost: $1.99 (estimate) for 1 jar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week.

Today's Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa from Endangered Species Chocolate (Indianapolis, IN) had the texture of light, whipped silk; and it was sweet. Sugar and vegetable oil (sunflower, palm) were the first ingredients listed.

Next, followed hazelnuts and cocoa, in terms of order on the ingredients list and flavor. Both nuts and cocoa were very finely ground to enable the light, silky texture and each helped dial down the sweetness (a good thing if you're eating this a la carte).

This Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa would be equally at home as a toast or pastry spread, a frosting, a dip for fresh fruit, or a ripple stirred into ice cream.

The Certified Gluten Free Spread was made with Non-GMO and Fairtrade cocoa, sugar and vanilla. The label on the glass jar was adorned with an image of an African Elephant.

Like other chocolate bar and bark products, Endangered Species features an animal on its products that may need human support to continue to survive. The company donates 10% of net proceeds to partners that engage in wildlife protection and/or conservation-related efforts, such as habitat preservation.

Godiva - Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp bar - Sept. 28, 2017

Chocolate of the Day:

Godiva Chocolatier Inc.
Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.3 oz. (37.5 g.) / 2.6 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 215 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Barnes and Noble Bookstore, El Cerrito, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Hazelnuts Theme Week.

Today's Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Crisp bar from Godiva Chocolatier Inc. (New York, NY).  The company was founded in 1926. Hats off to any business this close to celebrating its centennial anniversary.

The slightly fruity, relatively flavorful milk chocolate (42% Cacao) with a very faint artificial flavor note* was billed as Single Origin Mexican Chocolate.

The bar had an unmistakable hazelnut aroma and a relatively creamy sweet milk chocolate mouthfeel.

The smoothness was accented with a slightly crispy texture—accomplished with a combination of rice flour and other ingredients (milk powder, sugar, and perhaps some cocoa butter).

Godiva Chocolate,

*This bar did contain some "natural flavor," emulsifiers and possible traces of gluten (wheat, barley and/or oats).
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