Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Happy Cow - 55% Cacao - Dairy-Digesting Chocolate - Apr. 5, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Happy Cow
55% Cacao - Dairy-Digesting Chocolate
Good - Good +
Weight: .2 oz. (6 g.) in one piece
Calories: 28 calories in 1 piece
Cost: $ N/A - gift from family member
Purchased from:  N/A - gift from family member (thank you David!)

Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate Snacks Theme Week. 

Today's 55% Cacao Dairy-Digesting Chocolate was from Happy Cow (Mar Vista, CA). It was a snack with a purpose; it contained lactase enzyme--that can help those sensitive to dairy digest milk sugar (lactose).

The small square of chocolate had a pleasant, smooth dark chocolate flavor with a bit of vanilla. 

Happily I can eat dairy products; so I wasn't able to evaluate the effectiveness of this chocolate enzymatic supplement. (I had cheese as part of a spring picnic outdoors this afternoon, and I likely would have had no ill effects either way.)

Ingredients: Dark chocolate (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin and natural vanilla flavor) and lactase enzyme.

Allergy-related information: (None listed on small, individual serving size packet.) 

Base Culture - Chocolate Chip Brookie - Apr. 4, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Base Culture
Chocolate Chip Brookie
Good +
Weight: 2 oz. (57 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 250 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $0.99 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate Snacks Theme Week. 

Today's "Chocolate Chip Brookie" was manufactured by Base Culture, LLC (Clearwater, FL). The company offers a variety of gluten-free, grain-free and "pure paleo" products.

This refrigerated, gluten-free, snack (with 5 g. of protein and made with paleo ingredients) was part cookie and part brownie bar--thus the name "brookie".

The square-shaped snack had a baked brownie and chocolate chip cookie aroma when opened, and featured the textures and flavors of both treats. 

The texture of this brookie was satisfying/substantial and relatively soft and moist (given it was bought in the freezer section). 

Overall, this combination snack was clever, tasty and relatively complex--with layered flavors. Some bites had more brownie flavor, and other bites tasted more like chocolate chip (cookie). I also could pick out some cacao flavors (faint earthiness in the dark chocolate, from either the brownie batter portion and/or the chocolate chips). 

And, last but not least, this honey-sweetened snack was not overly sweet (thank you!).

Ingredients: Honey, eggs, cashew butter, unsweetened chocolate, coconut flour, coconut oil, soluble tapioca fiber, coconut sugar, almond butter, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda.

Allergen-related information: "Contains egg, almond, cashew, coconut. Manufactured in a facility that also processes: pecans. May contain nut shells, pieces or bits."

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