Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Not Your Sugar Mamas - Lavender Sea Salt bar - Apr. 26, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Not Your Sugar Mamas
Lavender Sea Salt Bar
Good+ - Good ++
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31.13 g.) / 2.2 oz. (62.26 g.) in total bar
Calories: 210* calories (per label) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $7.59 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Country Sun Natural Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #2 of Chocolate and Salt Theme Week.

Today's Lavender Sea Salt 75% cacao chocolate bar was from Not Your Sugar Mamas (Vineyard Haven, MA). The organic and raw bar was free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar.

This dark chocolate broke with a soft snap and was suffused with the natural aroma and flavor of lavender. Instead of sugar, the organic bar was sweetened with a hint of maple. As the chocolate melted in my mouth, I tasted no off or sharp flavors in the chocolate. The cacao had been minimally processed (as close to raw as possible). Lavender was the dominant flavor.

I liked the fact that the two founders, Bennett and Ky, chose to use local sea salt** from the Martha's Vineyard area.

*210 calories for 1/2 bar (per label). This sounds high, unless there's lots of cocoa butter.

**I have wanted to make some chocolates with local San Francisco Bay salt, but it's hard to find a good source. (The San Francisco Bay Area was once home to dozens of salt-making companies.)



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