Today, I’m reviewing a chocolate bar that purports to embody the millennial generation. Its name is SweetRiot Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Deliciousness. Everybody say, “Hi, SweetRiot!”
I rolled my eyes a little when I saw the cutesy description of their chocolate as divided into “peaces.” And I rolled them again when I read the following on their website:
“A sweetriot is a joyful celebration of culture, diversity, and understanding — it is the opposite of a civil riot, which is dangerous, violent, and oppressing.”
Aw, why’d they have to go there? This struck me as problematic. Not everyone can “create a more just and celebrated multicultural world” (SweetRiot’s stated mission) by rioting joyfully. And civil riots aren’t oppressive; they reflect, and sometimes magnify, oppressive systems. Civil riots are a symptom of an oppressive state. You know, sometimes justice isn’t sweet, it’s a matter of life or death. Plus, the fact that “civilriot” looks dumb as a portmanteau makes “sweetriot” also look kind of dumb in comparison.
So! Although I am a millennial, I’m also a petty, crusty liberal and SweetRiot can just deal. After all, their mission statement does say they are “irreverent,” in addition to “human, globally responsible, and built for a new generation.” I like their commitment to fair trade, and I certainly support culture, diversity, and the greater good – all of which SweetRiot espouses. Also, every few months they solicit work from emerging artists, put them out to a crowdsourced vote, and feature one winner on their wrapper art. That’s a neat model.
Most importantly, the chocolate is delicious. It falls right in the middle of the dark to acidic spectrum. Just a flash of brightness upon chewing, which fades away to a delicate, well rounded richness. Very smooth melt and a well balanced sweetness.
I quite like this bar. Eating it is like sipping a drinking chocolate. It’s a full experience. Some chocolates can’t crush my truly powerful dessert cravings, but this one has a shot at stopping me from running out to buy cake. (Running out for cake is not out of character for me.)
I spread some crunchy natural peanut butter on a couple of squares and that, my friends, was a revolution, or – dare I say – a riot.
I lost track of where I bought my 3.5-oz bar and how much it cost, but you can check out the SweetRiot website to order or find a retailer.
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