Gah, it’s been a long time since I updated. A few dear friends lured me back to the blogging game with chocolate. The takeaway here is: bribery works!
I have two bars on the docket today, with a gaggle of assistant tasters. First up is the 83% cacao Midnight Dark bar from Sacred Chocolate.
Artisanal chocolatiers can be a quirky bunch, but Sacred Chocolate may just take the [raw vegan fair-trade] cake. They were founded by a guy who goes either by “Avocado” or “Lord Cacao,” and all the chocolate is prayed over by a minister named Sacred Steve. They vlog about the “physics” of putting love into chocolate.
They say things like “Through the use of healthy herbs, love, gratitude, prayers, music, and mantras, Sacred Chocolate® has the potential to awaken consciousness… the alchemy of this chocolate, made with love & gratitude, and for your health, has manifested on mother earth at this time to help bring about a planetary shift in consciousness towards love and oneness.”
Healthy herbs, indeed. *cough*
The packaging misspells the word “protein” and also says that this chocolate bar contains “twice the antioxidants.” We long to know what it’s being compared to. Does it have twice the antioxidants of half the bar?!! 😀
All that said, this is good chocolate. We appreciate that the recommended serving size is 2 per bar, which is an appropriately large chunk. The bar itself is one thin plane, not broken up into squares, and gives a satisfying snap when broken. The texture is silky compared to other stone-ground stuff, and the maple sugar lends a lovely sweetness. The vanilla is very strong at the beginning, then a light tartness steals over my tongue. Overall it’s extremely smooth. The wrapper said we would know the truth, and when we ate it, P solemnly declared, “I KNOW THE TRUTH.” We approve.
Next up is the Cashew Butter + Pure Vanilla Bean Dark Chocolate bar from Hu Kitchen, a casual paleo/primal restaurant line in New York. Their motto is “Get back to Human,” and they say things like “We’re not designed to feel like crap all the time” and “You deserve to thrive, not just survive.” Woohoo! I feel ready to leap up a cliff or something! After I gorge on chocolate, of course.
The package shows a picture of the two founders, siblings who believe in healing, not hindering. We bet when they were five they still fought over cookies. Anyway, their intimidatingly virtuous restaurant group also manufactures stone-ground chocolate that is free from just about everything (dairy, soy lecithin, emulsifiers, cane sugar, refined sugar, sugar alcohols, GMO ingredients) and actually? Mega-delicious.
The bar is thick and resists breaking, but it does break cleanly and each square looks like it belongs on the periodic table. It’s nice and nutty, and also has a realistically large serving size. A much sweeter bar than the last one, it tastes like a bougie health-inspired peanut butter cup. We all go for seconds.
The company’s website tells us to “unprocess,” “put down the phone,” “declutter your mind,” “move your body, move often.” Considering we spent all day lying around eating pancakes, we may be unworthy of this chocolate. But we really like it.
Both of these bars were delightful, and I’m glad to be back in the chocoblog game!
Found at Cambridge Naturals
23 White St, Cambridge, MA 02140
If you like chocolate, read more of my Very Dark Chocolate tasting reviews by clicking here!