Chocolate of the Day
The Wine Rayzyn Company, LLC
Dark Chocolate Covered CabernayZyn
Weight: .5 oz. (14 g.) in one package
Calories: 60 calories in 1 package
Cost: $missing information
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Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate Surprise Theme Week.
Today's Dark Chocolate Covered CabernayZyn were made by The Wine Rayzyn Company, LLC (Napa, CA). Located in the heart of wine country in Northern California, the company specializes in food items made with wine grapes (rather than conventional eating grapes you'd see at a market).
Surprise! Wine grapes are great for high-end raisins (and grape juice) too. Normally these grapes are likely pricey enough that it's more profitable to use these for wine, but finding these grapes in their less processed, non-alcoholic phase is wonderful, rare treat.
The Wine Rayzyn Co. points out that the combination of today's dark chocolate and crunchy wine grapes offers a "double dose of antioxidants." It's true, both dark chocolate and grapes are relatively high in antioxidants--polyphenols, specifically, that are found in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate and red wine.
Today's crunchy (due to thick skins, small seeds, and perhaps a few stems*), dried Cabernet wine grapes were covered in a light layer of dark chocolate.
These "CabernayZyns" were slightly lighter (in weight and flavor) than expected and slightly more rounded in shape than traditional raisins.
And, even though the smooth, almost creamy* dark chocolate covering was nice and light, it was hard to taste nuances of grape flavor(s) associated with the grape used to make a bold, red Cabernet wine. (But, then again, the sugars in these raisins hadn't been converted to alcohol and aged either.)
Overall, this was a tasty, fun new snack to try, and these were not too sweet (thank you!).
*Ingredients: Dried Cabernet grapes with seeds and stems, dark chocolate (chocolate mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, milk fat (butter), pure vanilla).