Vivani uses organic products sourced from small farming cooperatives, mainly in Latin America. As a bonus, their products contain no soy lecithin or any other emulsifiers that some chocolate connoisseurs and/or clean eaters avoid.
Vivani also partners with the charity NGO Kindernothilfe to fight child labor and child slavery in Haiti. Vivani donates a portion of the proceeds from their KIDS for KIDS bar to provide food, materials, and education to Restavec children (those who are given as indentured servants when their families can no longer feed them).
The glossy 85% cacao dark chocolate bar breaks with a loud snap. Starts out creamy and ends on a pleasantly bright, but not too acidic note. Hints of espresso and raspberry lend some variation, but it stays smooth all the way through the bite. It would be easy to eat quite a lot of this in one go, no small feat for such a high percentage of cacao.
Vivani is a relatively new product line, introduced in 2000 in Germany. However, by 2005 their chocolate had won a Biofach sales hit of the year award, as well as multiple awards from the German Agriculture Association. At only $3.69 for 3.5 ounces, I have to agree with the awards committee. This is superb product, particularly for the value.
Found at Whole Foods
181 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
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