Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Vine to Bar - Chocolate Covered Almonds with Chardonnay Marc, Himalayan Pink Salt - June 4, 2024

Chocolate of the Day

Vine To Bar
Chocolate Covered Almonds with Chardonnay Marc, Himalayan Pink Salt
Good ++ 
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) / 4 oz. (113 g.) in total package 
Calories: 340 calories in 1/2 package
Cost: $10.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: The Market at Edgewood, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Fruit Theme Week, featuring chocolates with several different fruits, including cherry, cranberry, marionberry, blueberry, strawberry, orange, lime, and now...Chardonnay (grape) Marc.*

Today's Chocolate Covered Almonds were manufactured for: Vine to Bar (Healdsburg, CA).

Aroma notes included: dark chocolate and subtle fruit (peach, lemon, white grape and cacao fruit) and nut notes.

Texture and flavor notes included: crunchy almonds surrounded by rich, smooth and sweet (65% cacao) dark chocolate with faint fruit/fruit cookie notes. 

The diffuse fruit notes added subtle flavor depth. The judicious touch of Himalayan Pink Salt was appealing; and it helped balance and complement the sweetness, and also tipped this snack into the addictive chocolate zone.

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Unsweetened Chocolate, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavors), Roasted Almonds, Wellvine (TM) Chardonnay Marc, Himalayan Pink Salt.

Allergen-related information: "Contains: Soy, Almond. May Contain: Tree Nuts, Peanut, Wheat, Milk, and Nut Shell Fragments."

* Chardonnay Marc is a byproduct (or "co-product") of the Chardonnay juice extraction process in winemaking. The marc, also known as pomace, may include grape skins, seeds and stems--and is often discarded or used as compost. Vine to Bar founders were interested in sustainability and upcycling the marc.

Vine to Bar chocolates contain Wellvine--a substance that incorporates their Chardonnay by-product-with-benefits (including dietary fiber and polyphenols/flavonols). Cacao and dark chocolate contain fairly high levels of beneficial antioxidants; and adding a few more in fruit form might be even better.

The USDA and the University of California at Davis were consulted/ involved in researching this product. UC Davis researchers helped confirm potential bioactive compounds and health benefits.

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