Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Raw Decadence - Biscolinos! Coconut and Cacao Nibs - January 30, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Raw Decadence
Biscolinos! - Coconut and Cacao Nibs
Good + - Very Good
Weight: 2 oz. (56.6 g.) in total package
Calories: 180 calories in 1 package, 3 pieces
Cost: $3.99 for 1 package of 3 pieces
Purchased from: Miki's Farm Fresh Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was the last day of Chocolate and Gluten-Free Cookie Theme Week, and the beginning (Day #1) of Chocolate and Nibs Theme Week.

I love cacao nibs. Crunchy, nutty bits chocked full of the essence of cacao without the sugar. I wondered if that was why I was so pleasantly surprised by these gluten-free, vegan, Coconut and Cacao Nibs Biscolinos! from Raw Decadence (Redwood City, CA). Maybe.

Three other reasons why I liked these:
  1.  The subdued sweetness of unsweetened coconut, and the use of agave and monk fruit as sweeteners instead of corn syrup and sugar
  2. The nutty flavor -- from ground California almonds 
  3. The perfect hint of sea salt that balanced well with the nutty flavors, and helped counterbalance sweetness
These petite biscotti-shaped treats (3 to a package) were dehydrated and not baked, and had more protein and fiber than many other (gluten-free) cookies -- resulting in a better, more satisfying taste that I preferred.

The company offers other Biscolinos flavors -- including Apricot and Cacao Nibs, and Cranberry and Cacao Nibs flavor, as well as two other flavors without nibs.

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