Saturday, January 6, 2018

Breyers - Salted Caramel Truffle Gelato - Jan. 6, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Breyers Gelato Indulgence
Salted Caramel Truffle Gelato
Weight: 1/2 cup (83 g.) / 28.5 fl. oz. (842 mL) in total container
Calories: 190 calories in 1/2 cup serving
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Salted Caramel Truffle "Gelato Indulgences" from Breyers (part of Unilever) was a frozen dessert meant for unrepentant sinners. The attractively sculpted, rich, creamy dessert was loaded with sugar, corn syrup and heavy cream.

Tiny chocolate caramel truffles and swirls of caramel on top (visible through a transparent lid) enhanced the appearance and sense of decadence. A small serving is likely to satisfy a caramel craving.

While labeled "Gelato Indulgences," this dessert might be more closely related to very rich ice cream. (It's marketed (to adults) as being "way beyond ice cream.") But, it also had a certain loft or airiness to it, allowing it to tip the scales at only 190 calories per 1/2 cup serving.

Pearson's Sea Salt Caramel BUN bar - Jan. 5, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Pearson Candy Co. 
Sea Salt Caramel BUN bar
Weight: 1.75 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 250 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $1.59 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, Palo Alto, CA

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

Here at Chocolate Banquet, we sample a variety of chocolates, from hand-crafted artisan dark bars to vintage chocolate candy bars.

Today's gluten-free Sea Salt Caramel Bun from Pearson Candy Company (St. Paul, MN) fell into the latter category. Pearson Candy's roots date back to the golden age of candy bars in the early 1900s, when there were hundreds of bars to choose from. (Most never made it to this century; however, some brands, like the Bun, have survived.)

The salt and sweet levels in this bar were relatively well balanced, i.e. not as sweet or salty as some candy bars (a good thing). The patty-shaped milk chocolate bar was studded with good-sized Virginia peanuts; and the caramel filling in the middle was satisfying without being too overabundant (messy)—important for a bar often eaten on the go.

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