Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Primal Chocolate - Signature Dark 72% bar with organic coconut sugar - Dec. 5, 2018

Chocolate of the Day:

Primal Chocolate
Signature Dark 72% Cacao bar made with organic coconut sugar
Weight: 1.25 oz. (35.5 g.) / 2.5 oz. (71 g.) in total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $4.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Sprouts Farmers Market, Mountain View, CA

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

This dairy and soy free, paleo and vegan Signature Dark 72% Cacao bar from Primal Kitchen (Setauket, NY) was sweetened with organic coconut sugar.

The well-tempered chocolate (with the monkey peeking over the top of every other segment) had a slightly artificial note toward the beginning of the tasting curve, but otherwise was rich with some balanced, slight fruit/nut acidity.

Nibble Chocolate - Pina Colada Super Nibbles - Dec. 4, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Nibble Chocolate
Super Nibbles - Pina Colada
Weight: .9 oz. (25 g.) (estimate) for two pieces
Calories: 135 calories (estimate) for two pieces
Cost: $2.50 each x 2 = $5.00 total for two pieces
Purchased from: Nibble Chocolate, San Diego, CA

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

We recently visited Nibble Chocolate's retail location in historic Old Town San Diego, CA. In addition to Nibble Chocolate bars, the company was also offering confections (Super Nibbles). We purchased an assortment that included four flavors, including today's featured Pina Colada.

Hanging from the ceiling above the display case were rows of carved, wooden molinillos (traditionally used to rapidly stir or "beat" hot drinking chocolate in Mexico and Central America)—giving the place an authentic, historic feel.

Out on the square, vendors were selling street tacos and champurrado (a thick, creamy hot chocolate atole beverage made with finely ground corn and cinnamon).

Today's Pina Colada Super Nibbles were uniquely shaped, cylindrical cocoa confections, wrapped in ultra-thin layers of fruit "leathers," cut on the diagonal, and topped with shredded coconut. The base chocolate had soft but substantial texture and true, robust cacao flavor.

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