Monday, June 10, 2024

Mezcla - Mexican Hot Chocolate "Puff-Crispy Bar" - June 9, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Mexican Hot Chocolate (bar)
Weight: 1.40 oz. (40 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 170 calories in 1 bar
Cost: 2.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Whole Foods, Fremont, CA

Hola y bienvenidos a mi blog, Chocolate Banquet. Hello and welcome. Today is Day #1 of Chocolate and Mexico Theme Week.

When people think about "Mexican chocolate" they often mention cinnamon and vanilla.*

Today's Mezcla Mexican Hot Chocolate "Puff-Crispy Bar" was distributed by Eat Mezcla Inc. (New York, NY).

Aroma notes included: cinnamon + vanilla cake/cookie; faint chocolate; and very faint cinnamon toast.

I enjoyed the soft, crunchy texture of this bar--made with pea protein crisps and organic, smooth dark chocolate. It reminded me of a Mexican-style hot chocolate with cinnamon, vanilla and a subtle touch of relatively mild chipotle pepper.

The extra protein was satisfying; and despite the slightly sweet aroma and taste, the bar was not overly sugared (Thank you!)

Ingredients: "Pea Crisps (pea protein, rice starch), Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Vanilla Powder), Tapioca Syrup, Sunflower Seed Butter, Vegetable Glycerine, Pea Protein, Organic Quinoa Crisps (Organic Quinoa), Prebiotic Soluble Tapioca Fiber, Tapioca Syrup Solids, Coconut Oil, Tapioca Fiber, Unsweetened Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Natural Flavor, Vanilla Extract, Chipotle Pepper"

Allergen-related information: "Contains Tree Nut (Coconut). Manufactured on Equipment that Processes Dairy, Peanut, Sesame, Soy, Tree Nuts, and Egg"

*Cinnamon, an ancient spice from SE Asia and neighboring areas, likely arrived in the New World at least 500 years ago, in the 1500s--after it was brought to Europe via Arab and African trading routes. (Although there are some individuals who believe that cinnamon might have arrived in the Americas before the Spanish, Spain usually gets the credit for introducing cinnamon.) Regardless, it has become an integral part of most "Mexican chocolate" beverages and desserts here in the U.S.

Vanilla and cacao, on the other hand, originated in Central and South America and were brought to Europe/and other nations.


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