Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Divine - Milk Chocolate Christmas Shapes; Moo Free Organic Santa Bar - Dec. 26, 2017

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Divine Chocolate Inc.
Milk Chocolate Christmas Shapes 
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g.) / 3.2 oz. (90 g.) in total box of 12 shapes/pieces
Calories: 240 calories in 6 shapes/pieces
Cost: $3.99 (estimate) for 1 box of 11 pieces
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Moo Free Limited/Moo Free Chocolates 
Hammy Hamster Santa bar
Weight: 1.13 oz. (32 g.) / 3.6 oz. (103 g.) in total package of 4 
Calories: 187.2 calories (per label) in 1 package/piece
Cost: $5.50 for 1 box of 4 different pieces
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate, Holiday Spices and Maple Theme Week. 

Christmas was yesterday, but there was holiday spiced tea and two Christmas chocolate items left: Milk Chocolate Christmas Shapes from Divine Chocolate Inc. (Product of The Netherlands; distributed via Divine in Washington, D.C.), and a Mini Moos Hammy Hamster Organic Santa Bar from Moo Free Limited (Reading, UK).

Divine Chocolate
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by cocoa farmers and has specialized in fair trade chocolate bars.

Today's 26% cocoa Milk Chocolate Christmas Shapes included a snowman, a Christmas tree, a snowflake, a candle, a wrapped present with a bow, and a flower/rose.  These festive shapes were a bit sweet for me, but were fun novelty items.

Moo Free
Moo Free is known for their milk (moo) free chocolates that are also free of other allergens. (They use rice milk instead of dairy milk.) This Organic Santa bar was gluten free, dairy free and vegan.

Today's Hammy Hamster* Santa was the last of four individually-wrapped chocolates from a Merry Moos Christmas selection box opened many months ago. Despite being from last season, this Santa had held up fairly well.

*Each bar from this Mini Moo holiday series featured a cartoon animal. The wrapper for this Santa was adorned with the image of a yellow hamster (Hammy Hamster). 

Alexander's Patisserie - chocolate Santa Claus - Dec. 25, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Alexander's Patisserie 
Chocolate Santa Claus
Good ++
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) of chocolate Santa 
Calories: 300 calories (estimate) in 2 oz. serving of Santa
Cost: $N/A - Christmas gift from family member (Thank you Knapp family!)
Purchased from: N/A (Alexander's Patisserie, Mountain View, CA)

A Very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. 

Today's chocolate Santa was created by Alexander's Patisserie (Mountain View, CA).* 

This artfully made (mostly hollow), portly figure was the size of a globe-shaped tree ornament. It was enjoyed from top to bottom on Christmas morning.

*Alexander's chocolates are made primarily with Valrhona chocolate. 

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