Saturday, April 30, 2016

Santosha Chocolate - Coconut and Hawaiian Pink Salt bar - Apr. 30, 2016

Chocolate of the Day: 

Santosha Chocolate
(Produced by Raw Shakti Chocolate LLC)
Coconut and Hawaiian Pink Salt Raw 70% Cacao bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (29 g.) in 1 bar
Calories: 130 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $3.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Piazza's Fine Foods, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #6 of Chocolate and Salt Theme Week.

Chocolate bars with salt are no longer difficult to find.

One can be further selective and specify a Vegan, Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free, Low Glycemic, Nut Free and Soy Free, 70% cacao, raw dark chocolate bar with pink salt. Even with this criteria, there are at least a handful of different bars that might be a match.

If you add coconut to the mix, and specify Hawaiian pink salt, that would further narrow down the field; and there's a good chance a search for this bar might yield today's Santosha Chocolate Coconut and Hawaiian Pink Salt Raw 70% Cacao bar (produced by Raw Shakti Chocolate LLC, based in Asheville, NC).

This bar had a natural coconut and dark chocolate aroma, and was carpeted on the back with an even layer of finely grated coconut. The coconut wasn't too sweet, and I appreciated that. The grated coconut bits on one side gave the bar a mild chewiness.

Organic, raw Peruvian (heirloom) cacao beans were used to the craft the 70% cacao dark chocolate–that had a slight tang of fruit acidity.

Vanilla and a slight caramel/brown sugar taste (from the coconut palm sugar) gave the bar a touch of warm comfort flavor; and the bar had a pleasant clean finish. The Hawaiian sea salt contributed to a nicely balanced bar.

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