Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Barnana - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup - Banana Bites - Sept. 18, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup - Organic Chewy Banana Bites
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total package
Calories: 185 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $ missing information - $6.99 (estimate) for 1 package
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

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

Today's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Organic Chewy Banana Bites were from Barnana (Santa Monica, CA).

The oval-shaped Barnana bites had a smooth, chocolate peanut butter cup coating surrounding a banana and peanut flour core.* They had a roasted nut and caramelized banana aroma and flavor, a slightly chewy texture and balanced natural-tasting banana, peanut and chocolate flavors.

These grain-free bites were labeled as being "Upcycled." Barnana, a Certified B Corporation,** is helping to reduce food waste by using "imperfect", but still good, bananas grown on organic banana plantations, that might otherwise be discarded.

*Ingredients: Organic Peanut Butter Cup Coating (organic dried cane syrup, organic cacao beans, certified organic sustainable palm kernel oil, organic peanut flour, organic cacao butter, sea salt, organic sunflower lecithin), organic bananas, organic peanut flour

**A Certified B Corporation is a for-profit corporation that's been certified by B Lab, which is a non-profit organization that measures a company's social, environmental and transparency performance against certain standards. By mid-2019, there were approximately 1,800 Certified B Corps in more than 50 countries across 130 different industries.

Chocolate Maya - Almond Butter chocolate - Sept. 17, 2019

Chocolate(s) of the Day

Chocolate Maya
1.) Almond Butter chocolate - Good +++
2.) Caramelized Almond Cup - Dark Chocolate - Good ++
Weight: .78 oz. (22 g.) (estimate) for 2 pieces
Calories: 117 calories (estimate) in 2 pieces
Cost: $5.00 for 2 pieces
Purchased from: Chocolate Maya, Santa Barbara, CA

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Nut Butter Theme Week.

Today's Almond Butter filled chocolate and Caramelized Almond Cup were handcrafted at Chocolate Maya (Santa Barbara, CA).

The Almond Butter piece was described as having "toasty spices blended in (a) creamy almond butter." And the Caramelized Almond Cup's description read: "solid dark chocolate and caramelized California almonds."

Both were quite good and as promised. The former, a vegan, gluten free Almond Butter filled dome had well balanced, nutty, almond butter aroma and flavor with a trace of light upbeat spice and was covered with a high-quality, lightly decorated (spotted) chocolate shell.

The Caramelized Almond Cup was wall-to-wall, high-quality dark chocolate studded with caramelized (but not too sweet, thank you!) crunchy almond pieces that had received just the right amount of heat.

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