Thursday, July 7, 2022

Lady Bird Provisions, LLC - Happy Cacao Coffee Bombs - July 7, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Lady Bird Provisions, LLC
Happy Cacao Coffee Bombs
Good ++
Weight: .6 oz. (17 g.) / 5.4 oz. (153 g.) in total package of 9 bombs/pieces
Calories: 110 calories in 1 bomb/piece 
Cost: $10.49 for 1 package of 9 bombs/pieces
Purchased from: Sprouts Farmers Market, Mountain View, CA (now closed) 

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today's "Happy Cacao" Coffee Bombs were from Lady Bird Provisions, LLC (Austin, TX). The company offers a line of Coffee Bombs and collagen coffee creamers (other flavors include: Peppermint Mocha and Vanilla Cinnamon) to blend with hot coffee, milk or tea.

The resulting hot beverage had a rich buttery, brothy texture and mouthfeel and had pleasing mocha cinnamon notes. 

The cacao tasted authentic, and the sweetness level was just about right, i.e. not too sweet (thank you). The judicious amount of maple sugar contributed a nice, naturally sweet accent flavor with the cinnamon.

Marketing these "bombs" just for coffee or tea, might be limiting the versatility of this tasty, low-carbohydrate (total carbs: 2 g. per bomb), rich buttery cacao add-in. I'm already planning to make a small hot shot with a small cup of hot water, with one or two cacao bombs (and very little coffee) to enjoy as a morning boost later this week. Mixing this "bomb" into oatmeal also would be tasty. 

Note: each bomb does contain a hefty amount of saturated (coconut and butter) fat; but if you're an active person and eat healthy, I don't see that as an issue. I tend to eat much less later in the day if I start my morning with some healthy fat and protein.

Ingredients: Organic, unrefined coconut oil, grass-fed bovine collagen peptides and grass-fed butter, organic cacao, pure maple sugar, organic Ceylon cinnamon.

Allergen-related information: Contains tree nuts (coconut), milk (butter).

Tillamook - Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Chip Frozen Custard - July 6, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Chip Frozen Custard
Good ++
Weight: 2/3 cup (132 g.) / 15 fl. oz. (444 mL) in total container
Calories: 350 calories in 1 serving
Cost: $2.49 for 1 container
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week

Today's Cold Brew Coffee Chocolate Chip Frozen Custard was from Tillamook County Creamery Association (Tillamook, OR).

Tillamook is an Oregon-based dairy farmer co-op formed in 1909, that produces dairy products like cheeses, ice creams, yogurts and other dairy products.

Aroma notes for this frozen dessert included authentic roasted coffee with rich, whole milk.

This "ultra-creamy" (16 percent butterfat) frozen custard style ice cream contained egg yolks and featured an abundance of actual cream. Not surprisingly it had a satisfying creamy texture, creamy flavor and an authentic cream finish. 

And it featured three flavors that blend very well with cream without being completely neutralized: coffee, chocolate and vanilla. (The other flavor that comes to mind is caramel.) This creamy frozen custard was infused with lovely cold brewed coffee flavor, sugar, a smattering of small chocolate chunks/chips, and a faint hint of vanilla.

Ingredients: Cream, skim milk, sugar, tapioca syrup, coffee, milk, pasteurized egg yolks, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, locust bean gum, guar gum, vanilla extract.

Allergen-related information: "Contains milk, eggs." "Made on equipment that makes products containing milk, egg, peanut, soy, tree nuts, wheat."


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