essential vanilla + nibs 84% RAW + roasted cacao bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.15 oz. (33 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #7 of Cocoa Nibs Theme Week.
Today's essential vanilla + nibs bar from Antidote (Brooklyn, NY) was made with a combination of raw and roasted organic "Arriba" cacao beans, from Camino Verde*, Ecuador. Antidote offers a line of 50% raw + 50% roasted cacao bars, and 100% raw bars, that are produced in Ecuador.
The aroma of this vanilla + nib bar was smoky, floral and complex. There was a slight powdery quality to the melt, and some nice, soft crunchiness from the nibs pressed into the back of the bar. The second bite I took had fruit (pear?), floral and nutty flavor notes that unfolded all in the same piece; and a subsequent bite had slightly more floral and "green" notes. The bar had a nice clean finish. I also liked that this 84% dark, vegan, gluten-free and kosher bar tasted "sweet" without much sugar.
The company name, "Antidote," was spelled out as part of the bar's design—one letter in each of the 8 squares. (I love bars with letters; it makes me want to play word games with chocolate "tiles." "Health through pleasure," and using chocolate as an antidote to what ails you, is part of the company's philosophy.
*Camino Verde is a restored cacao plantation in Balao, Ecuador that specializes in Nacional cacao.