Chocolate of the Day
Hu Products LLC
Chocolate-Covered Hunks Sour Goldenberries
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 4 oz. (113 g.) in total package
Calories: 65 calories in 1/2 (oz.) serving
Cost: $7.49 (estimated discounted/sale price) for 1 package
Purchased from: Molly Stone's Markets, Palo Alto, CA
Hu Products LLC
Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean 70% Cacao (bar)
Weight: 1.05 oz. (30 g.) / 2.1 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories: 190 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $4.19 total bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate, Berries and Vanilla Theme Week.
Today's Chocolate-Covered Hunks Sour Goldenberries and Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean (bar) were distributed by Hu Products LLC (Austin, TX).
The company offers a variety of chocolate bars and confections, made with short lists of high-quality ingredients. Their products are as notable for what they don't contain (additives, allergens, refined sugar, dairy, gluten, lecithins, etc.) as what they do contain.
Chocolate Covered Hunks Sour Goldenberries
These flavorful berry-related chocolate "hunks" (rounded pieces) were made with only four (organic) ingredients, considerably fewer than most chocolate-covered fruits or nuts.
Aroma notes for this included: dark chocolate, cookie (chocolate cookie, Fig Newton*), and sweet and sour fruit (tart orange).
The 70% dark chocolate exterior quickly dissolved into a chewy, tart, concentrated goldenberry flavor--a tartness that lingered into the finish.
Goldenberries (Physalis peruviana) hail from South America and look a bit like yellow cherry tomatoes inside a pale-greenish, lantern-like husk. They are occasionally seen in grocery stores here in California.
Those who like naturally sweet and sour flavors will enjoy this pop of authentic, concentrated yellow berry flavor that tastes like a cross between a golden raisin and a dried sweet cherry tomato.*
Ingredients: Organic goldenberries; Organic, Fairtrade cacao; Organic unrefined coconut sugar; Organic, Fairtrade cocoa butter.
Allergen-related information: "Contains coconut. May contain milk, peanuts, other tree nuts (almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, walnuts). Allergen cleans are made prior to production, but beware that product is produced using equipment that also processes tree nuts, soy, peanuts, milk and wheat."
*Also known as Inca berries, Peruvian ground cherries, poha berries and cape gooseberries, goldenberries are (like tomatoes) members of the nightshade family.
Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean (bar)
Hu's Organic 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar filled with cashew butter and vanilla bean seemed like a good companion chocolate for the company's dark chocolate covered goldenberries.
Aroma and flavor notes included dark chocolate and baked cookie (cashew + vanilla shortbread). The chocolate was relatively bold (very slightly earthy), yet smooth.
The cashew butter filling added appealing, mild nutty flavor. And the vanilla bean contributed upbeat floral-spice warmth that one gets when catching a whiff of fresh baked cookies.
Altogether the 70% organic bar offered a healthy and authentic tasting trio of flavors, and complemented the tartness of its 70% organic chocolate-covered goldenberries sibling.
Ingredients: Organic, Fairtrade cacao; Organic, unrefined coconut sugar; Organic, Fairtrade cashew butter; Organic, Fairtrade vanilla bean; sea salt.
Allergen-related information: "Contains cashew and coconut. May contain almond, cashew, hazelnut, pistachio and dairy."