Monday, March 29, 2021

SkinnyDipped - Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Almonds - Mar. 29, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Almonds
Good +
Weight: 3.5 oz. (99 g.) in total package
Calories: 490 calories in 1 package
Cost: $4.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: FarmFresh To You CSA box, add-in order

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and N,O,P,Q Theme Week, featuring chocolate items with flavors and origins that begin with the letters NOP and/or Q--like peanut butter.

Today's SkinnyDipped Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Almonds were distributed by Wild Things Snacks, Inc (Seattle, WA).  

This tempting snack blend of roasted almond, peanut butter and chocolate aroma and flavor. The whole roasted almonds at the core provided satisfying crunchy texture, and a thin layer of peanut butter and dark chocolate added a creamy, nutty flavor and finish. 

Crunchy, creamy, sweet (sugar and organic maple sugar) and salty (sea salt). Classic snack food formula. I would have preferred a little less sugar and salt, but that didn't stop me from eating an entire, resealable package over the course of a day. 

The founders (a mother and daughter team) are to be commended on creating a tasty snack that contained fewer unnatural ingredients, preservatives and sugary glazes than many traditional confectionery chocolate-covered offerings. And the ingredients were Non-GMO Project Verified. 

The nuts were the stars here, but I was able to taste the relatively thin ("skinny dipped") underlying chocolate layer. Some of the cocoa was alkalized (made less acidic with alkali) making the chocolate smoother, less bitter/acidic. This is a common process for high-volume hot cocoa and chocolate candy--making it more consistent and approachable to more buyers. However, I wondered what high-quality, unadulterated cocoa or (milder and pricier) heritage cocoa would have tasted like? 

Ingredients: Almonds, dark chocolate (unsweetened chocolate processed with alkali, cane sugar, cocoa butter, sugar, palm kernel oil, peanut flour, salt, soy lecithin), organic maple sugar, sea salt, peanut butter (peanuts, peanut oil, sea salt).

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