Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Theo and Philo Chocolate - Milk Chocolate with Pili Nuts and Pinipig (bar) - Jan. 12, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Theo and Philo Chocolate Factory
Milk Chocolate with Pili Nuts and Pinipig (bar)
Good +
Weight: 1.59 oz. (estimate) (45 g. on label*) in 1 bar
Calories: 240 calories (per label for 40 g.) in 1 bar
Cost: $6.25 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and the Philippines Theme Week.

Today's Milk Chocolate with Pili Nuts and Pinipig (bar) was from Theo and Philo Chocolate Factory (Manila, Philippines).

This milk chocolate bar contained a generous helping of pili nut and pinipig** bits, and had a pleasant aroma of a high-end dark milk chocolate candy bar.

initial aroma had a pleasant high end milk chocolate and nut candy bar
slightly chunky smooth and crunchy textures

Ingredients: Sugar, cacao beans, milk powder, cocoa butter, glazed pili nut (pili nuts, sugar, oil), pinipig.

*This bar was labeled as a 45 g. bar. However, the kj and kcal energy information was slightly different, i.e. 1/2 bar serving (120 calories) was labeled as 20 grams (and not 22.5 g.). 

** What is pinipig? Immature grains of glutinous rice that are pounded flat and then toasted. These faintly green flakes were similar to toasted/crisped rice that we see as a flavor inclusion in the U.S., but these seemed to have a bit more flavor depth. (The authentic rice and nut flavors and textures varied just enough to make the flavor experience interesting.) Pinipig is used as a dessert topping and/or component, and is used in beverages and in other dishes, in the Philippines and other parts of SE Asia.

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