Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ashby Confections - Tortoises - Dark Chocolate Pecans and Agave Caramel - May 31, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Ashby Confections
Tortoises - Dark Chocolate Pecans and Agave Caramel with Monterey Bay Sea Salt
Good++
Weight: 1.8 oz. (50.9 g.) / 3.6 oz. (101.8 g.) in package of 2 
Calories: 270 calories (estimate) in 1 tortoise
Cost: $8.50 for 1 package of 2 tortoises
Purchased from: Buttercream Cakes, Santa Cruz, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Caramel Theme Week.

Today's Tortoises from Ashby Confections (Scotts Valley, CA) were wonderfully layered. Between a disc-shaped layer of dark chocolate and a layer of pecan halves was a layer of agave caramel. And the Tortoises were seasoned with Monterey Bay sea salt.

Bracing myself for lots of overly sweet and gooey caramel, I was pleasantly surprised. These variations on caramel turtles were well balanced and tasty. The layered flavors worked very nicely. The smooth dark chocolate, roasted pecans and sea salt balanced the soft, sweet agave caramel center layer, so you weren't left with a mouthful of sugar (thank you!).

The caramel did contain cane sugar, agave syrup and organic cream, and behaved like authentic, gooey caramel—creating caramel "fangs" with each bite. But, the combination of high-quality ingredients and the relative lack of sugar in the nuts and dark chocolate elevated this confection to a new level.

These Tortoises were made with fair trade dark chocolate* and were gluten and soy free.

*The company uses Guittard and Askinosie chocolate.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Elaine's Toffee Company - Sea Salt Almond Toffee - May 30, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Elaine's Toffee Company
Sea Salt Almond Toffee
Good
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) in total package
Calories: 300 calories in 1 package
Cost: $3.20 for 1 package
Purchased from: The Market, Pebble Beach, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

This Sea Salt Almond Toffee - Covered in Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt was from Elaine's Toffee Company (Durango, CO).

Inside the wrapper was a single, bar-shaped piece of crunchy, sweet thick toffee, covered in chocolate and studded with small crystals of sea salt.

Some bites had no visible almonds, and others revealed a few golden-brown roasted nuts. A bit on the sweet side, and the chocolate took a backseat to the toffee, but that is often what toffees are about.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

HarryP fitness - Protein Bar 24.0 - May 29, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

HarryP fitness
Protein Bar 24.0 
Good
Weight: 2.3 oz. (70 g.) in total package
Calories: 280 calories in 1 package
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information

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

Today's Protein Bar 24.0 from HarryP fitness was a product of Germany, and produced by Seitenbacher America LLC (Odessa/Tampa, FL).

The bar had a sweet protein core, and was covered with "German chocolate." It also contained 3.8 grams of BCAAs,* 24 grams of protein—quite high, even for a protein bar, and almonds.

*Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) include the essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine,  and valine, that comprise about a third of the body's muscle protein.





Monday, May 28, 2018

Chocolove - Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups - May 28, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chocolove
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.2 oz. (34 g.) in 1 package of 2 cups
Calories: 190 calories in 1 package of 2 cups
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information

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

Today's Chocolove Dark Chocolate Almond Cups were made in Boulder, CO using 55% cacao Belgian chocolate.

The chocolate cups were filled with authentic-tasting almond butter. The ground almond filling blended well with the smooth chocolate, resulting in a not too sweet (thank you!), satisfying flavor and texture.

Perfect Bar - Dark Chocolate Almond bar - May 27, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Perfect Bar, LLC
Dark Chocolate Almond Bar
Good +++
Weight: 2.2 oz. (62 g.) / 17.5 oz. (496 g.) in total box of 8 bars
Calories: 310 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $14.99 for 1 box of 8 bars
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

Today's Dark Chocolate Almond bar from Perfect Bar, LLC (San Diego, CA) was one of the best, most satisfying protein bars we've tasted in years.

"The original refrigerated protein bar" was developed in Southern California and the company is run by members of the inventor's family.

The bar contained almond butter, organic honey, milk powder, dark chocolate, organic vegetable oils, fruit and vegetable powders, and other ingredients.

This bar was great for breakfast, and/or as a snack or meal replacement if you're on the go. It helped power two hikes this weekend.



KIND - Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar - May 26, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

KIND
Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond
Good
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week, and Day #3 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

Today's Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar was part of KIND bar's "nut and spice" group, part of the company's expanding line of nut and fruit bar flavors.

This gluten-free, mahogany-colored bar had a satisfying almond nut crunch and dark chocolate mocha flavor, as promised.

Ingredients: "Almonds, chicory root fiber, palm kernel oil, sugar, honey, glucose syrup, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, rice flour, cocoa nibs, coffee powder, soy lecithin, madagascar vanilla, salt, natural flavor, cocoa butter."


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Probar - Organic Koka Moka Almond Butter - May 25, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

Probar LLC
Organic Koka Moka Almond Butter
Good
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32 g.) in total packet
Calories: 180 calories in 1 packet
Cost: $2.00 for 1 packet
Purchased from: REI, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week, and Day #2 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

The Organic Koka Moka Almond Butter from Pro Bar (Park City, UT) was packaged in a handy, and relatively generous, single-serving packet.

The company's relatively new line of organic nut butters are described as "The spreadable Probar."

Like most nut butters, the consistency of this Koka Moka butter was spreadable and a bit oily in spots. (I wouldn't try opening this and eating it directly from the packet if you're wearing a nice new shirt.)

Looks can be deceiving. The aroma and flavor of this almond butter was unexpectedly light, with pleasant notes of vanilla angel's food cake and coconut—but not too sweet (thank you!)—vs. the expected "heavier" flavors of chocolate, coffee or even almond. This nut butter would be interesting on a variety of edibles: cupcakes, pancakes, crackers, ice cream, etc.








Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chicago Bar Company - RXBar Coffee Chocolate Protein Bar - May 24, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Chicago Bar Company LLC
RXBar Coffee Chocolate Protein Bar
Good
Weight: 1.83 oz. (52 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.79 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Market, Palo Alto, CA 

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week, and Day #1 of Chocolate and Almond Theme Week.

Today's, RXBar Coffee Chocolate Protein Bar was distributed by Chicago Bar Company LLC (Chicago, IL). It was a compressed protein bar that had a pliable chew, with a slightly medicinal flavor, along with coffee, caramel-date and chocolate notes.

Ingredients list: (3 egg whites, 6 almonds, 4 cashews, chocolate, natural flavors, cocoa, coffee and sea salt" (and I suspect a date or two as well).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trader Joe's - Dark Chocolate Baton 60% Cocoa - Espresso - May 23, 2018

Chocolate(s) of the Day: 

Trader Joe's
Dark Chocolate Baton 60% Cacao - Espresso
Good
Weight: .416 oz. (11.6 g.) / 1.25 oz. (35 g.) in total bar
Calories: 66.6 calories in 1/3 bar
Cost: $0.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Mountain View, CA

Trader Joe's
Joe's Dark Coffee Squares
Good
Weight: .353 oz. (10 g.) / 4.9 oz. (140 g.) in total package
Calories: 60 calories in 1 square
Cost: $2.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Trader Joe's, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today we sampled two chocolate and coffee offerings from Trader Joe's (Monrovia, CA): an elongated dark chocolate bar with ground espresso, and Coffee Squares—a clever blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk, very finely ground coffee and vanilla. What's missing? Cocoa solids. But, you may not notice.

Dark Chocolate Espresso Baton
The (organic, fair trade) 60% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Espresso Baton was segmented into six pieces, and was chock full of coffee/espresso grounds and flavor. Enjoy the caffeinated ride. The chocolate itself was smooth and dark with a quick melt.

Joe's Dark - Coffee Squares
While these squares could certainly pass for milk chocolate, notice the word "chocolate" does not appear in this title. The squares do contain coffee and cocoa butter, but no cocoa solids, as noted above.

No surprise, these squares had a very strong coffee aroma. Intoxicating if you love coffee. A little intimidating for others. The square had a unique, slightly chewy soft melt with a sweet coffee and milk chocolate flavor—followed by a bittersweet edge (from all those coffee solids), and a lingering bittersweet coffee aftertaste.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cocoa Republic - Gran Couva 65% Dark Chocolate with Blue Mountain Coffee bar - May 22, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cocoa Republic
Single Origin Gran Couva 65% Dark Chocolate with Blue Mountain Coffee bar
Good
Weight: .5 oz. (15 g.) / 1 oz. (30 g.) (per label) in total bar
Calories: 88 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

This Single Origin Gran Couva 65% Dark Chocolate with Blue Mountain Coffee (Jamaica) bar was from Cocoa Republic (Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies).

The chocolate makers use only single origin Trinitario* cacao sourced from the Rainforest Alliance Certified, Montserrat Cocoa Farmers Cooperative Society in Trinidad and Tobago. And they make their chocolate "in country."

That is, the chocolate is made in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago (off the coast of northeast Venezuela), where the beans are grown, vs. shipping the beans to North America, Europe or elsewhere.

The Blue Mountain Coffee in this bar came from Jamaica.

Ingredients: Trinidadian cocoa beans, demerara brown sugar, organic cocoa butter, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, Non-GMO soy lecithin

The mindfully-sourced chocolate had a slight spice and cocoa aroma which carried over into the flavor. The coffee flavor was very light. It also had a faint taste of sour milk or mold in the piece that was tasted.

*Cocoa Republic described Trinitario cacao as follows: The Trinitario group represents a hybrid collection of types that arose in Trinidad from crossings between mixed Criollo and mixed Forastero types in the late 18th century. There are currently 11 commercial varieties grown in Trinidad and Tobago. This group took the best qualities from each parent plant, resulting in a healthy, sturdy plant with a robust “chocolate” flavour and a range of subtler secondary notes.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Charm School Chocolate - Coconut Milk Mocha bar - May 21, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Charm School Chocolate
Coconut Milk Mocha bar
Good 
Weight: 1.05 oz. (30 g.) / 2.10 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 158 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $13.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Coconut Milk Mocha bar was from Maryland-based Charm School Chocolate.

Charm School Chocolate makes a line of bean-to-bar, non-dairy, soy free, vegan chocolate bars.

Today's award-winning (2018 Good Food Awards Winner) 47% cacao bar was made with Maya Mountain Cacao grown in Toledo, Belize* and flavored with coffee ("artfully roasted and blended by Quills Coffee, Louisville, KY").

This sweet bar had creamy texture and sweet coffee coconut caramel latte flavor. 

*The Toledo District of Belize is an area rich in cacao farming and cacao history, with Maya people still farming in the same area and style as they have been for centuries. Maya Mountain Cacao (a pioneer in direct trade cacao sourcing) buys beans directly from local farmers and sells quality cacao beans to chocolate makers.




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Taos Mountain Energy Bar - Pinon Coffee bar - May 20 , 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Taos Mountain Energy Bar
Pinon Coffee bar 
Good
Weight: 2.2 oz. (62 g.) in total bar
Calories: 309 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: REI, Mountain View, CA 

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.
Today's Pinon Coffee Gluten Free Non GMO (bar) was created by Taos Mountain Energy Bar (Cuesta, NM).

This energy bar had a welcoming, natural coffee aroma, a soft seedy chew, and a rich, nutty, mocha flavor.* It was sweetened with coconut sugar and honey instead of sugar (thank you), and was much tastier than most mass-produced energy bars. It would be a great snack for a morning hike in the hills.

The company's bars are described as artisan-crafted and outdoor-inspired. And the packaging around today's bar contained a description of White Sands National Monument area in New Mexico.

*Ingredients: Almonds, honey, coconut sugar, pine nuts, dark chocolate, coffee, coconut oil, chia seeds, pure ground vanilla beans, sea salt.











Mars - Crunchy Espresso M&Ms - May 19, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Mars
Crunchy Espresso MandMs
Good
Weight: 1 oz. (28 g.) / 8 oz. (226.8 g.) in total package
Calories: 140 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $4.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Just when we thought we'd sampled every flavor in the pantheon of MandM's chocolate candies, along came today's Crunchy Espresso MandMs from Mars (Hackettstown, NJ).

As the name implied the fillings, inside the candy-coated exterior shells, were lighter, crispier and crunchier than those of classic MandM chocolate candies with a solid milk chocolate core.

The coffee flavor was very mild. These candies included artificial flavors and colorings and may contain gluten (barley malt extract).




Stone Grindz - Coffee and Coconut Milk 55% bar - May 18, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Stone Grindz Chocolate
Coffee and Coconut Milk 55% bar
Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.99 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Stone Grindz, online order

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

Coffee and Coconut Milk 55% bar from Stone Grindz Chocolate (Scottsdale, AZ).

A smooth dark coconut "milk" chocolate base (cacao beans, cane sugar*, cacao butter*) was suffused a slight textural and flavor oomph from ground coffee.

The coconut milk alternative appeals to vegans and others who might like a very subtle rich hint of flavor from coconut. (Some who I shared this with did not taste any coconut, so fear not coconut non-likers.)

Stone Grindz is a small batch chocolate maker. (This bar was labeled "Batch #280" along with an "enjoy by" date.)
beans shipped to the makers workshop in Scottsdale, AZ

*An asterisk denotes an organic ingredient here.




Friday, May 18, 2018

Wild Ophelia - Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee Bites 70% - May 17, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Vosges IP LLC
Wild Ophelia Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee Bites
Good +
Weight: 1.39 oz. (39 g.) in total package of 4 pieces
Calories: 190 calories in 4 pieces (1 package)
Cost: $1.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Wild Ophelia Cold Brew Chocolate Coffee Bites were related to/created by Vosges IP LLC (Chicago, IL).

I needed a pick-me up this morning. And this confectionery blend of 70% dark chocolate and a sweet, ebony-colored, flowing coffee caramel center did the trick. Bzzzzzzz.






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Perfect Bar - Mocha Chip bar - May 16, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Perfect Bar, LLC
Mocha Chip bar
Good+ - Good ++
Weight: 2.2 oz. (62 g.) in total bar
Calories: 330 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.99 in 1 bar
Purchased from: The Market, Palo Alto, CA

Time to wake up. It's Day #1 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today's caffeinated Mocha Chip bar from Perfect Bar, LLC (San Diego, CA) was chock full of organic ingredients, including dark chocolate and coffee.

The line of (refrigerated) bars from this family-inspired company sampled so far have been quite good. Very satisfying.

Normally, a long list of ingredients in a bar is not encouraging. However, the list for this protein bar was all good, and helped explain why this bar was such a satisfying mini-meal. Nut butters and high-nutrient plant-based organic powders helped. Coffee and dark chocolate added rich flavor/depth. Natural-tasting, and not too sweet (thank you!).

Ingredients: 
Organic peanut butter, organic almond butter, organic honey, organic nonfat dry milk, organic, Fair Trade Certified dark chocolate (organic chocolate, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic sunflower lecithin), organic cocoa, organic ground coffee, organic dried whole egg powder, organic rice protein, organic vanilla extract, organic flax seed oil, organic sunflower oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic olive oil, organic pumpkin seed oil, dried whole food powders (organic kale, organic flax seed, organic rose hip, organic orange, organic lemon, organic papaya, organic tomato, organic apple, organic alfalfa, organic celery, organic kelp, organic dulse, organic carrot, organic spinach)





Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sprouts - Organic Cacao Nibs - May 15, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

Sprouts Farmers Market
Organic Cacao Nibs 
Good +
Weight: 1 TB (14 g.) / 8 oz. (226 g.) in total bar
Calories: 90 calories in 1 Tablespoon
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: Sprouts Farmers Market, Mountain View, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

These Organic Cacao Nibs were manufactured exclusively for Sprouts Farmers Market (Phoenix, AZ). If you really like chocolate, but aren't wild about sugar, give cacao (or cocoa) nibs a try.

Nibs are the essence of (and the raw material for) chocolate—before cacao beans are ground to a paste and before sugar or other ingredients are added. Their exact flavor depends on their origin, harvest year and fermentation process they went through in their country of origin.

Today's crunchy cacao bean bits came from a blend of countries, including Peru (Peru, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Ecuador). They had rich, uniform, true chocolate flavor (think brownies).

And speaking of brownies, nibs like this would super-charge a batch of your favorite brownies or other chocolate baked goods. They would help balance the sugar level a bit in chocolate, chocolate chip cookies. And they would be great over vanilla ice cream, or just about anything else.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Skout Backcountry LLC - Peruvian Chocolate Organic Energy Bar - May 14, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Skout Backcountry LLC
Peruvian Chocolate Organic Energy Bar
Good
Weight: 1.3 oz. (27 g.) in total bar
Calories: 150 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.50 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: REI, Mountain View, CA

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

Today's Peruvian Chocolate Organic Energy bar was from Skout Backcountry LLC (Portland, OR). 
It's not often you see energy bars with single origin chocolate. But today's bar boldly announced its Peruvian roots. This Energy Bar contained only five ingredients* and the chocolate came from "ethically sourced, premium organic Peruvian cocoa."

Pressed dates in this energy bar provided chewiness, moistness and ample sweetness (a little date sweetness goes a long way). Cocoa helped make the flavor richer and more full-bodied.

Craft chocolate, and energy bars like this, have helped power local hikes in the East Bay Regional Parks this past month. Wonderful to enjoy green hills this late in spring this past weekend.

*Ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Peruvian Chocolate, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Himalayan Sea Salt 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Vanini - Dark Chocolate 62% Pear and Cinnamon bar - May 13, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Vanini
Dark Chocolate 62% Pear and Cinnamon bar
Good
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 242 calories in 2/5 bar
Cost: $3.79 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Market, Palo Alto, CA 

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

Dark Chocolate 62% Pear and Cinnamon bar from Vanini *(Orsenigo (CO), Italy).

This bar had smooth dark flavor suffused with a natural hint of pear steeped in a touch of cinnamon.

The cacao used to make Vanini bars was sourced from "carefully selected plantations in the Bagua District of Amazonas, a region in Peru known for its ancient cacao."

*The Vanini brand is part of ICAM SpA




White Label Chocolate - Peru Ucayali 80% bar - May 12, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

White Label Chocolate
Peru Ucayali 80% bar
Good +
Weight: 1.148 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.29 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 172 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $10.00 (estimate) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Mutari Chocolate, Santa Cruz, CA

Welcome to Day #4 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.
This Peru Ucayali 80% bar was from White Label Chocolate (Santa Cruz, CA)

This ultra dark bar had a balanced, complex and interesting tasting art. The chocolate had a slight green aroma, dark chocolate fudge-y and earth notes, with hints of dried fruit.

There was a very slight graininess in the tail end, but the texture was smooth otherwise.

The cacao used to make this bar was grown in Peru from a 2016 Harvest. The Ucayali region is in the Amazon rainforest area of inland Peru.




Friday, May 11, 2018

Map Chocolate Co. - Mystic Eye Finca Estela 45% dark milk Champurrado style (bar) - May 11, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

Map Chocolate Co.
Mystic Eye - Finca Estela Peru 45% dark milk Champurrado style with blue corn (bar)
Good - Good+
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 188 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA
Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Mystic Eye - Finca Estela Peru 45% dark milk Champurrado* style (bar) from Map Chocolate Co. (Eugene, OR).

Finca (Santa) Estela—the farm/estate where the cacao (likely Criollo/Trinitario) used to make this bar was grown—is located in the Villa Rica district in Central Peru.

Below are notes and observations about this bar:

  • Appearance: Light in color
  • Aroma: light spice and toasted cake notes
  • Flavor: milk chocolate with a spicy (chili) kick
  • Texture: somewhat grainy, due to ground, organic blue corn bits
  • Finish: sweet milk chocolate with faint fruity cacao note emerging through the burn; with delayed authentic blue corn flavor (after chili subsided) and chewy corn bits
For more on the story behind the name "Mystic Eye," make sure to read the insert by MAP founder, chocolate maker and storyteller, Mackenzie Rivers. Spoiler: it involves a grueling hike in the Grand Canyon.

*Champurrado style hot chocolate in Mexico is made with cacao and atole/corn, with spices and chile.






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