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Subject:  Re: Holiday Flavored Protein Bars Date:  1/2/2013  2:18 PM
Author:  NailThatJello Number:  29935 of 32249

I finally got my coconut "oil" - delivery slowed by the holidays.

I put oil in quotes because it was hard as a rock, coming in at German winter temperatures.

Not cheap - labelled organic fair trade, and cost the equivalent of US$30 for one liter (close to one quart), including tax and postage. But what the hey, this is research. It costs.

Of course I couldn't wait to road test it.

Melted a tablespoon, then mixed it at approximately 1:1 ratio with unsweetened cocoa powder. Added same amount of unsweetened coconut flakes, dash of liquid vanilla, pinch of ground cardamom seeds, and several squirts of liquid zero carb sweetener. Threw it in the fridge.

Came out quite solid, but scrapeable with a spoon. Similar texture to commercial chocolate. Nice and smooth silky texture. The chocolate flavor was very strong. I'm not used to that, I'm more used to commercial "milk chocolate" taste, which I guess is msnufacturer's way of diluting the expensive ingredient (chocolate itself) counterbalanced by adding, as usual, more sugar. What else.

Family tasted some scrapes, reviews were highly positive.

Onwards and upwards - next to throw in some protein powder, peanut butter, and who knows what else. But so far, so good.
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