Chocolate of the Day:
Raw Cacao Bar - Raspberry
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) total bar
Calories: 210 calories for 1 bar (4 segments)
Cost: Approximately $3.99 per bar
Purchased from: Organic Nectars via Chocolate.com
Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Raspberry Theme Week. And today's chocolate was a dark chocolate Raspberry Raw Cacao Bar from Organic Nectars.
Making raw chocolates require special care, to ensure a successful texture and mouth feel. My understanding is that a raw food is one that has not been cooked -- heated above 115-120 degrees Farenheit, or heavily processed -- the thought being that essential nutrients and enzymes are lost in these operations. For those adhering to a raw diet, adding raw cacao nibs to salads and other foods is one way to incorporate raw cacao. However, I would also recommend this Organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, raw, vegan, 64% dark chocolate Organic Nectars Raw Cacao Bar. The texture was smooth, and without any heavy, lumpy aftertaste that some raw chocolates seem to have.
This bar is also labeled as being low glycemic; it contains no refined sugar, but rather incorporates organic coconut palm sugar as a sweetener.