Monday, September 28, 2020

A.L. Schutzman - GK Select Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds - Sept. 28, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

A.L. Shutzman Company
GK Select Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.448 oz. (41 g.) / 11.5 oz. (326 g.) in total container
Calories: 220 calories in 1 serving (11 pieces)
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: missing information

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate, Nuts and More Theme Week.

Today's GK Select Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were from A.L. Schutzman Company (Waukesha, WI).

Whole, roasted almonds were cocooned within a thick, semi-sweet coating of 60% cocoa smooth dark chocolate. These glossy pieces (confectioner's glaze) gave off a pleasing cocoa aroma and had a satisfying melt and texture. Despite the thick chocolate coating, the crunchy texture and nutty flavor of the almonds were still accessible.

Dark chocolate and roasted almonds are almost always a great match, with or without popular additions like sea salt and vanilla. There is rarely a need to embellish this pairing, although many do. Today's chocolate almonds did contain a subtle hint of vanilla, but no salt. 

At 0 mg of sodium (unusual for any snack food), this treat might even be a fit for a low salt regimen. Dark chocolate contains several minerals, including iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, but is naturally low in sodium.

The something "more" today was that I used this (and another) dark chocolate to temporarily improve my lung function* for a few hours, a subtle thing to be sure. But, this week we're experiencing hot weather, high pollen counts and unhealthful air (smoke from wildfires) in northern California, and that was reason enough.

Ingredients: Dark chocolate (chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (an emulsifier, vanilla, milk), almonds, corn oil, confectioner's glaze (Lac-Resin), gum arabic, corn syrup.

*Coffee and dark chocolate (and the caffeine and theobromine they contain) cause bronchial passages to dilate (open up), improving lung function for a few (up to four) hours.

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