Thursday, May 21, 2020

Butlers - Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bar - May 21, 2020

Chocolate of the Day: 

Butlers Chocolates
Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bar
Weight: 2.65 oz. (75 g.) in total bar
Calories: 340 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Caramel Theme Week.

Today's Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bar was from Butlers Chocolates (North Dublin, Ireland).

This filled milk chocolate candy bar had a faint sea sal/savory nuttiness note in the aroma. I gently broke off the first segment. And a waterfall of liquid golden sugar burst forth as the milk chocolate shell broke apart. It made me wonder how this bar had survived the shipping and handling process.

The relatively creamy milk chocolate outer layer was overpowered almost immediately by the flowing caramel. As for the hazelnut, I did taste one small bit of hazelnut, but not until the very last bite.

I suggest sharing this bar with a friend. If you do, get a napkin or two first; and divide it on/over a plate, to protect clothing from caramel drips.

Good-bye Caramel Weeks
Most people assume I eat chocolate because I have a sweet tooth. However, if you know me, you know that while I'm a chocolate omnivore, I prefer 100% cacao bars (without any added sugar) over sugary treats. I like the flavors of dark chocolate and am saddened when they're overwhelmed by too much sugar. 

Dark chocolate also fits into my carbohydrate budget and still allows me to eat a few pieces of fresh fruit every day, which I also like. Alas, caramel is high in sugar....because it is sugar. And, after tomorrow, I will still feature an occasional dark chocolate caramel pieces; but this will be my last caramel and/or toffee Theme Week on Chocolate Banquet. It's been fun. 

Candy Math
The following candy math is what drove the point home for me about caramel and toffee.

Today's sweet flowing caramel milk (20%) chocolate (32%) bar contained 44 g. of Total Carb., and 40 g.* of Total Sugars--according to the label. (Note: suggested serving for this bar is 1/2 bar; I ate the whole bar.)

Bottom line: If this is correct, I consumed the equivalent of 9.75 teaspoons of sugar* in less than 10 minutes this morning. The same size (2.65 oz./75 g.) 75% dark chocolate bar** (without milk) contains approximately 18.55 g. of sugars, less than half the amount of sugar. 

*Forty grams of sugar(s) is about the same amount of sugar in one 12 fl. oz. (355 mL) can of Coca Cola (which contains closer to 39 g. of sugar to be precise), i.e. approximately 9.75 teaspoons of sugar in one can.

**For a look at how much sugar you might find in chocolate bars, see this page, with illustrations on Wm. Chocolate website.

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