Friday, June 10, 2016

Heart of Shasta - Lavender Dreams Bar - June 10, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Heart of Shasta
Lavender Dreams Organic Raw Chocolate Bar
Good +
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31.1 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 165 calories (estimate) in 1 bar
Cost: $3.95 in total bar
Purchased from: SweetE Organic, Mill Valley, CA

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

Today's Lavender Dreams bar was from Heart of Shasta (Mt. Shasta, CA).

This was not a heat-tempered bar that broke with a hard snap, but rather one that was soft, uniformly creamy, fudgey and truffle-like—only without the sugar. Lightly sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar, with a pleasing melt and mouth feel from cacao and coconut fat, this raw bar was made from 100% cacao powder, cacao butter, honey, coconut oil and lavender.

The lavender flavor was authentic, pleasing, well-balanced and uniform throughout the bar.

As with most raw chocolate made in this fashion, there is less of a sugar "buzz" and fewer spikes of roasted, fruit and other flavors from the cacao that develop in fermentation, roasting and other stages of chocolate-making where temperatures exceed that allowed for "raw" chocolate. And that may be a good thing, depending on what your preferences might be.

If you're curious about raw chocolate, this might be a good brand to try. The company offers a line of flavored bars.

This raw and organic bar was Dairy, Soy and Gluten Free.

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