In 2006, my daughter bet I couldn't eat a different chocolate each day for a year. I enjoyed that year so much that, after 12 years, I'm still eating a different chocolate each day. And, after 4,500+ chocolates, there are still many more to try. Thank you to all who continue to be part of this global adventure.
Weight: .3 oz. (8.25 g.) / 1.2 oz. (33 g.) in total package
Calories: 45 calories in 1 piece (1/4 package)
Cost: $0.79 for 1 package
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Caramel Theme Week.
Today we're featuring two milk chocolate and caramel items—both acquired during the December holiday season.
The first item was a DeMet's egg-shaped chocolate and caramel "turtle," complete with milk chocolate, caramel and nuts (pecans and possibly hazelnuts).
DeMet's (Stamford, CT) has been making turtles* for decades. (These holiday turtles were a product of Turkey.)
These holiday eggs were wrapped with red and white festive holiday foil wrappings with images of polar bears and penguins. However, if you looked carefully before biting into the egg, it was possible to spot the likeness of the iconic DeMet's turtle character imprinted on the chocolate.
August Storck Toffifay
The second item: Toffifay, a chocolate, caramel and hazelnut cream, semi-spherical, sweet confection from August Storck AG (Germany).
The sweet caramel outer cup had a soft chew texture, and the chocolate center was slightly more firm.
*The original chocolate, caramel and nut turtles resembled turtles; often pecans or nut pieces protruded (from the chocolate oblong body or "shell"), resembling a turtle's head and legs.
Chocolate and Love
Dark Chocolate Organic 55% Cocoa Sea Salt and Caramel bar
Weight: 9 pieces (37 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210 calories in 1 serving (9 pieces) bar
Cost: $6.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods Market, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Caramel Theme Week.
Today's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel bar was a good example of the international supply chain that exists with many chocolate bars.
This 55% Cacao, Organic Sea Salt and Caramel bar was made in Switzerland for Chocolate and Love Ltd. (Perth, UK) and imported by Belgium's Chocolate Source (Milton, MA). And it was purchased and eaten in California.
The bar was riddled with tiny caramel pieces (10%) (cane sugar, whole milk powder, butter, glucose* syrup) and sea salt crystals, making it rich and slightly crunchy.
It was a hit with those who provided tasting help. ((Thank you Trudi and Holly!) *Not sure if this was gluten free.