I was first attracted to Eating Evolved because it’s rare to find a high-cacao bar that also incorporates other ingredients. I like pure chocolate, but I also like fancy fillings and flavors as much as the next guy. So I was excited to see that Eating Evolved makes single-source artisan chocolates, 72% cacao and above, using fruit, nuts, and other flavorings. I decided to try two of their 85% bars: Coconut & Almond and Crunchy Caramel.
The base chocolate is the same for both, tasting of lovely dark fruits and a rich raisin-like flavor. You can taste the maple it’s sweetened with. Each package holds 3 slim, individually wrapped .83-oz bars. Because the bar’s thin, the surface area is quite large, so this definitely feels like maximizing your enjoyment of a reasonable portion. There is always something nice about eating the entire something.
On the Coconut & Almond bar, the almonds are whole and sit on top of the chocolate, which is an odd choice. It is a bit too dry for me. I would rather have the almond distributed throughout. But, the burst of almond flavor is pretty nice and heightens the feeling of this being a full eating experience. I like the scatter technique better with the Crunchy Caramel bar, where, instead of nuts, little craggy maple sugar bits dapple the top. This adds a pleasing crunch and a slightly molasses-y sweetness from the larger morsels.
I wasn’t ready to try the completely unsweetened Fig & Almond or Midnight Coconut bars (100% cacao!) but maybe next time I will.
Found at Cambridge Naturals
23 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140
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