Sunday, January 22, 2017

Phi Kind - Mylk Chocolate - Jan. 22, 2017

Chocolate of the Day: 

Phi Kind
Mylk Chocolate
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.13 oz. (32 g.) in 1 package of 4 pieces
Calories: 169 calories (estimate) in 4 pieces
Cost: $7.95 for 1 package of 4 pieces
Purchased from: The Seed Bank, Petaluma, CA

Welcome to Day #7 of Chocolate and Alternative Sweetener Theme Week.

While it's hard to beat a well-made, two-ingredient bar with cacao and cane sugar, how fortunate we are that so many people are re-engineering chocolate, e.g. exploring thoughtful dairy and sugar alternatives.

Today's "Mylk" chocolates from Phi Kind Chocolate (Santa Rosa, CA) were crafted using raw cacao and non-traditional sweeteners.

The plant-based, mostly organic ingredients list read as follows: "Cacao Nibs, Non-GMO Birch Xylitol*, Coconut, Sunchoke (Jerusalem Artichoke) Syrup, Vanilla, Sea Salt and Stevia." No milk in these mylk chocolates.

These confection-style chocolates were relatively creamy with a hint of coconut flavor and a tiny sparkle of sea salt. They had genuine chocolate flavor and were plenty sweet without conventional sugar. I detected no off taste with these sweeteners.

If I had to quibble, I'd say I might have preferred a slightly more intense cacao flavor or slightly less sweetener. But, then again, this was raw, "mylk" chocolate, not roasted, dark chocolate! And many people will enjoy the smoother chocolate flavor and appreciate the lack of common allergens and sugar.

These chocolates were dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, vegan, raw and paleo.

*Birch xylitol, a low glycemic and near-zero caloric sugar substitute, made with fermented birch (tree) bark/pulp. (Think maple syrup, which comes from maple trees or pieces of real sugar cane (before sugar has been extracted). There is sometimes enough sugars in trees/plant fiber to create a viable sweetener.) 

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