Today we’re talking about Into Dark 80. No, it’s not a band name. It’s a 2.82-oz chocolate bar by Cocoa Parlor Chocolaterie, which I bought for $5.70 from Market In the Square.
Cocoa Parlor is the brainchild of a former geologist/diamond miner/sailor/belt manufacturer, Richard Pascall, and pastry chef/former kibbutznik Karen Webster. Their chocolate is free of everything but buzzwords. Gluten-free, soy-free, vegan. Sustainably-grown, responsibly-harvested, fairly traded. Single origin. Organic. They even make a quinoa chocolate bar for maximum trendy points.
Moreover, Cocoa Parlor’s website lives up to the vegan hippie stereotype with what I’m gonna call “free-form advertising,” aka this groan-worthy product description for Into Dark 80:
This is not just another dark chocolate
this bar has so much flavor
without the bitterness.
It is seriously amazing chocolate
That said, the wonderful tiny rectangle shapes are perfect for savoring, and the sheen quickly picks up my fingerprints. This chocolate hits you with dark, cocoa-y overtones right away, and the flavors recede just as quickly, like a wave. It reminds me of coffee and roasted hazelnuts. It yields a creamy mouthfeel, but after most of it melts away, there’s a fine grit at the finish.
kumbaya cocoa parlor kumbayaaaaaaaaaaa
you write like a sixth grader
but your chocolate is pretty good
Found at Market in the Square
60 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138