Thursday, July 29, 2021

Nelly's Organics - Nutty Nougat Dark Chocolate (bar) - July 29, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Nelly's Organics ?
Nutty Nougat Dark Chocolate (bar) 
Good +
Weight: 1.6 oz. (45 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 270 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $2.50 for 1 bar (2 for $5)
Purchased from: Sprouts Farmers Market, Mountain View, CA

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week(s).

Today's Nutty Nougat Organic Dark Chocolate (bar) was made by Nelly's Organics (Chatsworth, CA). (The company offers a variety of bars. This one contained cashews, almonds, and peanuts/peanut butter.)

This bar had a soft nougat and blend of light caramel, nutty and chocolate flavors and textures. (The filling also contained cocoa butter.) The mild, relatively thin dark chocolate coating wasn't the main act; however, the nougat filling wasn't loaded down with sugar (thank you!), so I could still taste the dark chocolate (fair trade, from Italy.)

Eating this bar refrigerated, as recommended, on a hot summer day was refreshing. (Best not to tuck this away on a shelf for several months. Note the advisory: "Keep refrigerated - Raw organic food without preservatives...Stays fresh outside the fridge for up to a week.")

Ingredients: Organic raw cashews, organic brown rice syrup, organic raw cacao butter, organic raw almonds, organic raw blue agave, organic peanut butter (organic peanuts), organic raw shredded coconut, organic raw vanilla beans and pink Himalayan salt. Organic chocolate coating: organic chocolate liquor, organic cacao butter, organic cane sugar, organic vanilla.

Allergen-related information: "Contains coconut, peanuts and tree nuts (cashews, almonds). Manufactured on equipment that processes peanuts and other nuts. May contain shell or pit fragments." "Soy free, plant-based, gluten free"

ChocXO Chocolatier - Choc Keto Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds - July 28, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

ChocXO Chocolatier
Choc Keto - Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds 
Good +
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total package 
Calories: 170 calories in 1 serving (10 pieces) (1.06 oz. (30 g.))
Cost: $6.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: The Market at Edgewood, Palo Alto, CA 

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Almonds Theme Week(s).

Today's Choc Keto Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were made in Canada for ChocXO Chocolatier (Irvine, CA). (The company also offers dark chocolate almond butter cups and other dark chocolates.)

These glossy, dark chocolate covered almonds were made with deep, dark 85% cacao chocolate, making them far less sweet-tasting (due to proportionately less sugar). The bold chocolate had a moderate but balanced bitterness (that became more appealing with each bite) with faint earth and roasted notes. 

While more robust in flavor than most confectionery equivalents, this dark chocolate covering still let the inner, authentic almond flavor through. The result: a satisfying, creamy and crunchy, roasted nutty snack with a relatively clean finish.

For the keto-curious, there were 8 grams of total carbohydrates (4 were dietary fiber). The net total sugars/carbohydrate level was 4 grams) per serving (10 pieces)--about half of what I'd normally expect.

Ingredients: Organic dark chocolate (organic cocoa mass, organic cocoa butter, organic low-fat cocoa powder, organic cane sugar, organic vanilla extract), almonds, sugar (glucose), tapioca dextrin, confectionery glaze.

Allergen-related information: "Contains almonds. Produced on equipment that also processes: milk, soy, peanuts, other tree nuts."

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