Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coco Polo - 70% Elderberry bar - Nov. 12, 2013

Chocolate of the Day: 

Coco Polo
Dark Chocolate with Elderberry bar
Weight: .5 oz. (14.2 g.) / 2.5 oz. (71 g.) in total bar
Calories: 63.9 calories (estimate) in 1/5 bar
Cost: $5.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Berry Theme Week. Yesterday I sampled the 39% cocoa milk chocolate version of today's 70% cocoa Elderberry bar from Coco Polo (Highland Park, NJ).

Today's darker version lacked some of the creamy texture and caramel notes of the milk chocolate version. However, both the sugar-free (stevia-sweetened*), gluten-free and GMO-free bars were better tasting than many sugar-free, or stevia-sweetened bars that have been sold in the past. The natural tasting elderberry smell and taste reminded me of berry jam or wine, and perked up today's dark chocolate a bit.

*Coco Polo founders developed a successful blend of Reb A extract from the stevia plant, Non-GMO erythritol, and inulin (extract of chicory root) to sweeten their bars. There was no "off" taste, no digestive issues, from what I could tell -- just a welcome alternative to sugar, without the blood sugar spike.

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