Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lula's Chocolates - Marshmallow Treat Dark Chocolate Valentine heart

Chocolate of the Day: 

Lula's Chocolates
Marshmallow Treat Dark Chocolate (Valentine Heart )
Good +
Weight: unknown
Calories: unknown 
Cost: $6.50 for 1 package/heart
Purchased from: Lula's Chocolates, Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA

Happy Valentines Day to all who celebrate!

Today's heart-shaped, marshmallow-filled dark chocolate beauty, from Lula's Chocolates (Monterey, CA), was a perfect way to celebrate.

A fluffy, fresh-tasting marshmallow filling was encased in a generously-sized, dark chocolate heart decorated with pink decorative sugar icing. All this was wrapped in a clear wrapper with a red ribbon bow. 

The GFB - Gluten Free Bar - Chocolate Peanut Butter - Feb. 13, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

The GFB - Gluten Free Bar
Chocolate Peanut Butter bar
Weight: 2.05 oz. (58 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 240 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $ missing information for 1 bar
Purchased from: missing information

Signature Nut bar with cocoa drizzle, sea salt
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 211 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $ N/A (may only be available in box of 30 bars)
Purchased from: N/A - from work

Welcome to Day #13 of Chocolate and Nuts Theme Week.

Peanuts are legumes and not true nuts; but they're part of this theme week anyway, because of their nutty flavor.

Today's first of two items, the Chocolate Peanut Butter snack bar from the folks at The GFB - Gluten Free Bar (Grand Rapids, Michigan) had a nutty flavor and heft.*

The first ingredient listed was: "virginia peanuts," followed by organic brown rice syrup and organic dates. The "heft" in this dense, chewy (and a little crunchy) bar could be measured: 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.

Some of the best gluten free chocolate items, have come from founders who have food challenges themselves. The GFB - Gluten Free Bar was founded by two brothers who steer clear of gluten. This bar was gluten free, vegan Non-GMO Project Certified and soy free.

The "gluten free" part of this company brand matters. It's comforting to have a few go-to brands that someone with wheat issues can rely on without fear of having some kind of reaction. I felt so comforted I forgot I'd already tasted/featured this bar three years ago. Thus, the second item featured below.

Kirkland Signature Nut Bar

Today's second item was a Kirkland* Signature Nut Bar with almonds, cashews and walnuts with a cocoa drizzle and sea salt.

This bar was crunchy and satisfying. The nuts helped balance out the sweet. And the touch of sea salt made this a very appealing mid-afternoon snack.

*Kirkland is a brand that can be found at Costco stores. Product picture at right is from Costco website.

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